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Special Pixar Presentations

This year at Annecy, special guest speakers from Pixar will reveal a bit of the creative and technical magic behind Pixar's feature films, with a focus on the rendering techniques that make Pixar's films so visually appealing.

These presentations are open to everyone and are perfect for anyone interested in learning more about creating high quality 3D animation and special effects ... and who are interested in implementing Pixar's rendering technology in their own pipelines. These talks are sponsored by RenderMan, Pixar's award-winning rendering software.

And as a bonus for those who attend these special presentations, Pixar will be giving away a collectable poster of the upcoming Disney/Pixar animated feature film, WALL-E. Seating for the presentations is limited. First come, first seated. Talks are located at the Imperial Palace on the 5th floor, Ravel B.

Schedule of Presentations:

Wednesday, June 11, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Part 1 - Working the Pixar Way

Doug Sweetland, Director and Supervising Animator During this presentation, director and animator Doug Sweetland will explore how Pixar approaches the challenges involved in creating outstanding character animation for Pixar's complex CG environments. With a focus on story, animation, and visual development Doug will talk about some the more ingenious creative and technical innovations developed during real Pixar productions. Part 2 - RenderMan in Action

Dylan Sisson, RenderMan Technical Artist In this presentation, Dylan will continue by exploring Pixar's key rendering technology, RenderMan. Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, Pixar's RenderMan has a long history of technical innovation. You'll also learn in what ways you can enhance your own 3D projects with a live demonstration of Pixar's RenderMan for Maya. From feature-length films to small independent animation, you'll see how your own projects can benefit from using RenderMan.

Wednesday, June 11, 3-4:15 p.m. Part 1 - The Invisible Pixar

Richard Hollander, Feature Producer What's behind that perfect Pixar publicity photo? A whole host of practices and philosophy form a foundation to support the creative output of Pixar. Richard Hollander offers a perspective on the unique culture and processes of Pixar as a newcomer from the motion picture visual effects world. Part 2 - RenderMan in Action

Thursday, June 12, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Part 1 - Working the Pixar Way

Part 2 - RenderMan in Action

Thursday, June 12, 3-4:15 p.m. Part 1 - RATATOUILLE: Ingredients we left out

Simon Allen, Animator In the first presentation we'll see the development of characters through animation tests. We'll take a look at examples of inspiration that went into making RATATOUILLE. And he'll show some deleted scenes and how animators cope with their losses. Part 2 - RenderMan in Action

Friday, June 13, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Part 1 - The Invisible Pixar

Part 2 - RenderMan in Action

Friday, June 13, 3-4:15 p.m. Part 1 - RATATOUILLE: Some added ingredients

Simon Allen, Animator In the second presentation Simon Allen will take you for a tour of Pixar and the Animation Department. He'll touch on the different stages of production and talk about the layering of detail for a scene. Simon will also talk about his love of France as well as the challenges of animating rats and making them compelling characters. Part 2 - RenderMan in Action

Wednesday, June 11, 2008 - 11:00am to Friday, June 13, 2008 - 7:00pm
Submission Deadline 
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 - 12:00pm