Upcoming TRON: Legacy Filmmakers to be Featured at SIGGRAPH 2010

Walt Disney Pictures’ highly anticipated film “TRON: Legacy”, a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world unlike anything ever captured on the big screen, will be the focus of a filmmaker panel discussion during the SIGGRAPH 2010 Computer Animation Festival in Los Angeles on Tuesday, 27 July 27 at 3:45 p.m.

Press Release from SIGGRAPH

(Chicago, IL) – Walt Disney Pictures’ highly anticipated film “TRON: Legacy”, a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world unlike anything ever captured on the big screen, will be the focus of a filmmaker panel discussion during the SIGGRAPH 2010 Computer Animation Festival in Los Angeles on Tuesday, 27 July 27 at 3:45 p.m.

“SIGGRAPH is honored to host this discussion on ‘TRON: Legacy’, the much-anticipated sequel to what was monumental filmmaking in a past era,” said Isaac Kerlow, Computer Animation Festival Director from The Nanyang Technological University, ADM/EOS. “The original ‘TRON’ was one of the first films from a major studio that used extensive computer graphics, and the industry expectations are that this sequel will also mark significant achievements in what is possible in computer graphics now and in the near future.”

Panelists—“TRON: Legacy” director Joseph Kosinski and producer Jeffrey Silver, and visual effects supervisor Eric Barba and animation supervisor Steve Preeg from Digital Domain—will present a special reel from “TRON: Legacy” and answer audience questions. The panel will be moderated by David Cohen, associate features editor from Variety.

About the panelists:Joseph Kosinski, Director, “TRON: Legacy”The impeccably designed and visually innovative creations of Joseph Kosinski have quickly made him a highly sought-after commercial and feature film director. His work, which specializes in merging live action with purely digital elements, represents a fusion of skills stemming from Kosinski’s background in architecture, product design, engineering, and music. Kosinski has directed many high-end commercials, including award-winning campaigns for Xbox videogames Gears of War and Halo, Sony PlayStation, Hummer, and Chevrolet.

Jeffrey Silver, Producer, “TRON: Legacy”Jeffrey Silver has produced a wide range of feature films through his production company Biscayne Pictures and his partnership with Outlaw Productions. Silver recently produced “Terminator Salvation” and “300”. In the course of his career, Silver has produced both studio and independent pictures, including “Training Day”, “The Santa Clause” and its two sequels, “Addicted to Love”, and many others. For television, Silver produced the pilot and first two seasons of the hit ABC series “The Wonder Years”, for which he won an Emmy® Award for Best Comedy Series.    

Eric Barba, Visual Effects Supervisor, Digital DomainEric Barba is the Academy Award®-winning visual effects supervisor of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. He has been at Digital Domain for 14 years, and like many of the top directors with whom he collaborates, Barba is equally comfortable working in film or advertising.

Steve Preeg, Animation Supervisor, Digital DomainSteve Preeg has been creating digital characters for more than a decade, for movies including “Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within”, “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”, “I, Robot”, and “King Kong”. Preeg recently received an Academy Award® for achievement in visual effects on “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. He also created visual effects for “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End”, “Flags of Our Fathers”, and other movies.

The Production Session for “TRON: Legacy” will be held Tuesday, 27 July from 3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. in the Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall B. Passes for the Computer Animation Festival are available for the entire week or on a daily basis for as little as $50. For more information, visit: http://www.siggraph.org/s2010/for_attendees/computer_animation_festival

About the Movie“TRON: Legacy” is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), a rebellious 27-year-old, is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Oscar®- and Golden Globe®-winner Jeff Bridges), a man once known as the world’s leading videogame developer. When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the old Flynn’s Arcade—a signal that could only come from his father—he finds himself pulled into a digital world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years. With the help of the fearless warrior Quorra (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-or-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe—a universe created by Kevin himself that has become far more advanced with never-before-imagined vehicles, weapons, landscapes and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to prevent their escape. Presented in Disney Digital 3D™ and scored by Grammy Award®-winning electronic music duo Daft Punk, “TRON: Legacy” hits U.S. theaters on 17 December 2010 in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D.   

About SIGGRAPH 2010SIGGRAPH 2010 will bring approximately 25,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents to Los Angeles, California, USA for the industry’s most respected technical and creative programs focusing on research, science, art, animation, music, gaming, interactivity, education and the Web from Sunday, 25 July through Thursday, 29 July 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. SIGGRAPH 2010 includes a three-day exhibition of products and services from the computer graphics and interactive marketplace from 27-29 July 2010. More than 200 international exhibiting companies are expected. More details are available at www.siggraph.org/s2010

About ACM SIGGRAPHThe ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques www.siggraph.org is an interdisciplinary community interested in research, technology and applications in computer graphics and interactive techniques. Members include researchers, developers and users from the technical, academic, business and art communities. ACM SIGGRAPH enriches the computer graphics and interactive techniques community year-round through its conferences, global network of professional and student chapters, publications and educational activities.

About ACMACM, the Association for Computing Machinery www.acm.org is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for lifelong learning, career development and professional networking.

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