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Free Online PreVIEW Session with ‘The Mandalorian’ Animation Director Hal Hickel

On June 27, the Oscar-winning director, along with VFX journalist Ian Failes, will talk about ILM’s new virtual production technology used on the hit Disney+ series, kicking off the VIEW Conference’s 21st season. 

On June 27, Oscar-winning director Hal Hickel and VFX journalist Ian Failes will discuss ILM’s new virtual production technology used on the hit Disney+ series, ‘The Mandalorian,’ kicking off the VIEW Conference’s 21st season.

VIEW CONFERENCE 2020 kicks off its 21st season with a special, free, online “PreVIEW session” featuring BeforesandAfters editor Ian Failes talking with Academy Award winning animation director Hal Hickel about Disney+’s breakthough and immensely popular series, The Mandalorian. Hickel and his team used new virtual production technology developed at ILM that makes it possible for artists to create feature-film quality animation and visual effects under broadcast television constraints. The exciting new methods they developed will give filmmakers working on feature films as well as television series unprecedented opportunities.

The session takes place Saturday June 27, 2:30 PDT, 23:30 CET, 07:30 (+1) SYDNEY

Hickel oversaw all animation for the show’s creatures, vehicles, and characters and played a key role in visualizing ILM’s miniature/motion-control shots featured in the series.

He won his Oscar for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, and has been nominated three other times; he’s also been nominated for nine VES Awards, winning three. Among a huge list of big picture credits, he directed the animation on Rango, which took home an Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2012.

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The Mandalorian PreVIEW is organized by VIEW Conference in collaboration with OGR, BeforesandAfters, and Industrial Light & Magic.

The international VIEW Conference, Italy’s premiere event for Computer Graphics, Interactive and Immersive Storytelling, Animation, Visual Effects, Games, and VR, AR, and Mixed Reality, brings top professionals from those fields to the beautiful baroque city of Torino, Italy for a week of talks, presentations, and workshops.

The 2020 VIEW Conference will take place October 18 - 23 in Torino’s state-of-the-art OGR venue and virtually. Registration is now open

Source: VIEW Conference

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