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TV, Film And Animation Take Center Stage At 5D

Against a backdrop of rapidly emerging technologies in design for narrative media, "5D: The Future of Immersive Design Conference" will bring together many of the most innovative and influential voices in film, television, animation, interactive media and architecture, in Long Beach on October 4 and 5.

Produced by the Art Directors Guild (ADG) and the University Art Museum of California State University at Long Beach (CSULB), this first-ever conference takes place on the CSULB campus, with Autodesk as the presenting sponsor. Film, animation and TV professionals and students will experience the very latest on the impact of immersive design through panels and sponsored workshops, with such visionary speakers as directors Gore Verbinski (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN trilogy) and Joseph Kosinski (TR2N), John Tarnoff from DreamWorks Animation and ABC's Mike Benson, among others.

Two workshop sessions will address Visualization -- one sponsored by Animation World Network, the other by the ASC/ADG/VES Joint Previs Committee, which will include reports on its findings. Hosted by VFXWorld editor Bill Desowitz, the AWN session -- "Pervasive Previs - How to Achieve More Immersive Visualization" -- will enlist a diverse panel of filmmakers as they discuss the explosion of previs as a central tool of non-linear workflow. Moderated by co- chair David Morin, the ASC/ADG/VES Previs Committee session -- "Previs in Hollywood: Past, Present, Future"-- will feature an open discussion and brainstorm session of current and future visualization practice with some of the leading previs users and creators in the industry.

"The culture of design is being redefined," said Alex McDowell, co-founder of 5D and head of the Art Directors Guild Technology Committee. "This groundbreaking international conference explores the profound impact of rapidly changing technologies in design for narrative media -- film and television, game design, animation, interactive media, architecture and environment -- for artists, designers, scholars, educators, and students. Our definition of narrative media is shifting dramatically as traditional storytelling disciplines expand and converge. A new breed of designer is emerging who can flow freely between the real and the virtual -- between media and across cultures."

Attendees at the 5D Conference will also benefit from sponsored workshops custom designed by leading companies in the content and technology fields including Autodesk, DreamWorks Animation, ILM, OTC Productions, and Walt Disney Imagineering.

Tickets are available online only at, through September 26. Attendees may also register onsite at no additional cost. Pricing has been established to encourage academic and professional participation through special rates, with the current early bird pricing of $225 for a full professional pass available until the event opens on October 4. For more information on special rates, contact Rachel Ramirez at 714-374-1140 (