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VES 2004 Slated for June 18-20 in San Rafael

The Visual Effects Society (VES) will present VES 2004, its sixth annual Festival of Visual Effects, June 18-20 in San Rafael, California. The three-day event at The Rafael Film Center features presentations and panels headed by visual effects supervisors and their teams, which focus on vfx and how they enhance the storytelling process.

"The VES Festivals are the cornerstone of storytelling for visual effects," stated VES founding exec director Tom Atkin. " As we enter our sixth year of festivals in the United States and our fourth in Europe, VES relishes the opportunity to intimately share this process with its members and visual effects professionals."

The schedule is as follows:

Friday, June 18, 20049:30 am - 11:30 amFilm Visual Effects Techniques in GamesPresented by visual effects supervisors Habib Zargarpour, Henry LaBounta, Mohammed Davoudian.

1:00 pm - 3:00 pmMars Movie Legends, Myth and RealityPanel will be moderated by Craig Barron (Matte World Digital) and includes Dr, Dan McCleese (JPL) and visual effects supervisors Jeff Okun (RED PLANET), Hoyt Yeatman (MISSION TO MARS) and Mike Fink (MARS ATTACKS!).

4:00 pm - 6:00 pmSHREK 2

8:00 pm - 11:00 pmSKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROWPresented by the film's visual effects supervisor Scott Anderson and team and includes a special screening of the film.

Saturday June 19, 20049:30 am - 11:30 amMYTHBUSTERSJamie Hyneman (m5 industries) presents a look at how visual effects are employed on the Discovery Channel series MYTHBUSTERS.

1:00 pm - 3:00 pmTHE DAY AFTER TOMORROWPresented by the film's visual effects supervisor Karen Goulekas and team.

4:00 pm - 6:00pmTROYPresented by the visual effects team from Moving Picture Company in London.

Sunday, June 20, 20049:30am - 11:30 amMake Up Effects in a Digital WorldPresented by Emmy Award-winning make up/visual effects supervisor Todd Masters (MastersFX).

1:00 pm - 3:00 pmVAN HELSINGPresented by the visual effects team at ILM.

4:00 pm - 6:00 pmAROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYSPresented by the film's visual effects producer Susan Zwerman, visual effects supervisor Derek Spears (Rhythm & Hues) and team.

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The Rafael Film Center is located 11 miles from San Francisco at:1118 Fourth StreetSan Rafael, CA 94901

The Visual Effects Society, founded in 1997, is comprised of distinguished visual effects artists and technologists who are professionally committed to the specialized industry of visual effects. The society provides its members with a platform for communication, education and recognition of the current and future state of the visual effects industry. Society headquarters are located in Los Angeles with approximately 1000 global members. For more information about VES, please visit or call 310-822-9181.