Cameron Pace Group founders James Cameron and Vincent Pace will receive the 3D Visionary Award on September 20, 2012, at the 3D Entertainment Summit in Los Angeles. The event is produced by Unicomm and the Bob Dowling Group in association with Variety.
Cameron and Pace will be honored for their work on revolutionary 3D technology and production processes as seen in such features as Avatar and Hugo and numerous TV broadcasts including ESPN's X Games and the U.S. Open tennis tournament. Pace will be on hand at the summit to receive the award following a Q&A with Variety's David S. Cohen. Cameron will accept via a pre-recorded interview that will be shot in 3D.
The summit is set for September 19-20 at the Hollywood and Highland Center. Other highlights of the conference include the presentation of footage from Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania, and keynote speaker Joe Letteri, Senior Visual Effects Producer at Weta Digital.
Confirmed Sessions include:
The Value of the Global 3D Entertainment Business
Charlotte Jones, Principal Analyst, IHS Screen Digest & Richard Cooper, Principle Analyst, Video, IHS Screen Digest
Exhibition Technology for 3D Motion Pictures
What is the Ultimate 3D Experience for Audiences? An exploration into how movie making and exhibitor communities are working to create the ultimate in theater 3D viewing experience. As technology quickly advances lighting, color grading and exhibition has become a forefront issue associated with a high quality end product. What factors play into weighing upgrades versus cost. Panelists will address current issues, trends and opportunities surrounding the optimal presentation of 3D movies.
Moderator – David Cohen, Associate Editor, Variety Panelists – Steve Barnett, Vice President, Post Production at 20th CenturyFox Feature Films; David Passman, President & CEO, Carmike; Skip Kimball, Technicolor
Future of 3D at Home
Broadcast, Blu-ray, VOD and More. What are the new drivers for 3D viewing at home? How has the extensive 3D Olympics' broadcasts impacted the future of this technology? What is the state of the market for 3D Blu-ray – as there are increasing numbers of 3D theatrical releases week after week?
Moderator – Chris Tribbey, Senior Reporter, Home Media Magazine Panelists – Walt Husak, Director, Image Technology, Technology Strategy, Dolby; Mathu Rajan, CEO of Stream TV Networks; Stephen Palmer, Ph.D, Chief Science Officer, Volfoni; Richard Laberge, Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer, SENSIO Technologies
High Frame Rate for 3D Cinema
Peter Lude, SVP of Engineering for Sony Electronics professional business/President, SMPTE
Panel Session – Challenges Amidst Elevated Expectations – The Public Point of View Elevated expectations challenge public companies working along the 3D stereoscopic value chain. Over the past 6+ years since the dawn of the modern 3D movie era, companies all along the value chain, from feature films to 3D TV and on to games, have been facing the various challenges, and at times, rewards as a result of their involvement in the industry niche. Some of the elevated expectations have been created by journalists, some by Wall St. analysts and some by the companies themselves. This panel will discuss the challenges of being a publicly traded company working along the 3D stereoscopic value chain from two points of view: the role of investment professional/research analyst and that of executives with publicly traded companies. Attendees will hear what they need to hear, not necessarily what they want to hear.
Moderator – Marty Shindler, CEO, The Shindler Perspective Panelists – Richard Ingrassia, Senior Research Analyst, Roth Capital Partners; Chris Yewdall, CEO, DDD; Richard Laberge, Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer, SENSIO Technologies; Stephen Kovach, CFA, Co-founding Partner, Vine Alternative Investments