Tom Hanks as Zachry and Halle Berry as Meronym in Cloud Atlas, distributed domestically by Warner Bros. Pictures and in select international territories. Photo by Jay Maidment.
VIEW conference director Maria Elena Gutierrez has announced that senior visual effects supervisor Dan Glass of Method Studios will give a world premiere presentation on the feature film “Cloud Atlas.” Directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer, the Warner Bros. release received a 10-minute standing ovation at its Toronto Film Festival premiere. “Cloud Atlas” is scheduled for wide release beginning in late October.
“We’re thrilled that Dan Glass is coming to Torino to present the visual effects work on this innovative film,” Gutierrez says. “Dan’s brilliant career in visual effects has included supervising work on “Tree of Life,” “Batman Begins,” and the “Matrix” sequels, so he has much to share with us. He joins a stellar list of speakers this year at what promises to be a deeply rewarding conference.”
Other notable additions to the speaker’s list include:
- Tristan Oliver, Cinematographer for “ParaNorman” - Tristan was the cinematographer at Laika studios for “ParaNorman,” a 3D stop frame feature. His 24-year career as a cinematographer includes a long collaboration with director Nick Park at Aardman Studios (Academy award winners, “Wrong Trousers” and “A Close Shave”) and the Oscar-nominated “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.”
- Habib Zargarpour, Creative Director for Microsoft Studios - Having received two Oscar nominations and two BAFTA awards for his visual effects work on feature films, Zargarpour left that world and joined Electronic Arts where, as senior art director, he received a Visual Effects Society award for the effects in “Need for Speed Most Wanted.” He’ll speak on Virtual Production: Games vs. Film.
- Sirio Quintavalle, Visual Effects Supervisor, Framestore, on “Sherlock Holmes II” - After working on the award-winning television series “Walking with Dinosaurs,” Quintavalle joined the feature film department at Framestore. His credits now include “Harry Potter,” “The Golden Compass,” “The Dark Knight,” and “Where the Wild Things Are.”
- Henrik Fett, LOOK Effects Founder and Senior Visual Effects Supervisor - Fett will share his view of the future of visual effects from a business point of view. His talk is titled, “Evolution: Growing the VFX Business Model to Meet Changing Times.”
- Erminio Pinque, Performer and Director BIG NAZO lab - Pinque teaches “Creature-Creation” in the Film, Animation, and Video Department of the Rhode Island School of Design. His students build creatures with an experimental 3-D fabrication process that pushes the boundaries of puppet, mask and costume design.
These outstanding experts in their fields join a remarkable roster of speakers that include director Genndy Tartakovsky presenting the Italian premiere of footage from Sony Pictures’ “Hotel Transylvania,” writer/director Eric Darnell, who directed all three “Madagascar” films created at PDI/DreamWorks, seven-time Academy Award winning sound designer “Gary Rydstrom” from Skywalker Sound, broadcast television director “Dan Attias,” “Partysaurus Rex” director Mark Walsh from Pixar Animation Studios, HALO creative director Josh Holmes, who will premiere “HALO 4,” and Bit Films founder Chris Perry.
Oscar winner Paul Franklin from Double Negative will present work on “The Dark Knight Rises,” Jason Smith, associate visual effects supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic will present on “The Avengers,” and David Schaub, animation supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks will present on “The Amazing Spider-Man.”
“We are blessed that such wonderful speakers are coming to Torino,” Gutierrez says. “I am so excited about our program. We have sessions that will help professionals improve their business and their art. We have practical workshops for students and professionals. We have the debut of VIEW’s Creative Bootcamp in which participants will collaborate with feature film directors, videogame creative directors, sound designers, animators, and artists to imagine and invent the world of 2025. And, we have sessions that will inspire everyone to imagine the future.”
Other stimulating sessions include:
- Venture Capital Mini-Workshop and “Lessons from a Career in Digital Media.” Two sessions presented by Glenn Entis, founder and general partner, Vanedge Capital, Academy Award Winner, former co-founder of PDI, CEO of Dreamworks Interactive.
- “Fostering Clarity” with Tom Wujec. As a recognized thought-leader and award-winning innovator, Tom works with Fortune 500 companies to foster innovation practices at all stages, from strategic and business planning to the design and implementation of digital design tools.
- Roundtable with Directors Eric Darnell, Dan Attias, and Genndy Tartakovsk, along with sound designer Gary Rydstrom, cinematographer Tristan Oliver, and professor Chris Perry, who will participate in two roundtable discussions on the future of cinema.
- “20 years of Innovation in Character, Creature and Effects Animation” with Rob Bredow, Chief Technology Officer and Visual Effects Supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks.
- “Marketing Animation and Visual Effects” with Hollywood publicity veterans Olivier Mouroux (DreamWorks Animation, Walt Disney Motion Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation) and Steven Argula (Pixar Animation Studios, Sony Pictures Imageworks).
- “Career Opportunities” with Pam Hogarth, Director of Marketing for LOOK Effects, and Vice-chair Visual Effects Society who reflects on a career in teaching animation.
- “Transmedia: Visualization, Games, and Immersion” with Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research. Computer graphics pioneer Dr. Peddie provides market forecasting services and consulting. He is frequently quoted in trade and business publications.
Visit the VIEW Conference website for more program and registration information.