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9-Time Oscar-Winner Dennis Muren to Keynote VIEW Conference 2018

Legendary ILM senior VFX supervisor and creative director will present this October at the Turin event.

TURIN, ITALY – The VIEW Conference 2018 has just confirmed that nine-time Oscar-winner Dennis Muren, Industrial Light & Magic’s senior visual effects supervisor and creative director, will deliver a keynote address at the annual conference, which runs October 22-26 in Turin, Italy. In addition, ILM visual effects supervisor David Vickery, fresh off the 2018 summer action-adventures, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, will be presenting his work on the film.

Muren received his ninth Academy Award for supervising the visual effects in Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking Jurassic Park, and his 13th Oscar nomination for Spielberg’s War of the Worlds. He holds two Guinness World Records - for most Oscars and most Oscar nominations for visual effects - and was the first visual effects artist honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In February 2007, the Visual Effects Society honored Muren with a Lifetime Achievement Award, and he became a VES fellow in 2010.

As ILM’s creative director, Muren is currently a key member of the company’s leadership team and collaborates with all of the studio’s supervisors on each of the films that the company contributes to. In addition, he is writing a book on “observation” for digital artists.

Beginning with Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Muren supervised many breakthrough films in terms of visual effects, not the least of which was Jurassic Park, the first film in the Jurassic series. It was the first feature to star soft-body CG creatures, and its $1 billion total box office take convinced Hollywood filmmakers it wouldn’t be the last.

In fact, twenty-five years later, Vickery was the overall supervisor for the fifth Jurassic film, this year’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which has also generated more than a $1 billion in global box office receipts. Vickery joined ILM in London as a visual effects supervisor in 2015. Prior to that, he received a visual effects Oscar nomination and a BAFTA Award in 2012 for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Muren and Vickery join colleague Rob Bredow, SVP, executive director and head of ILM at VIEW 2018.

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 Turin, Italy for a week of talks, presentations, and workshops.

Registration for the conference is now open.

Watch AWN interviews with past VIEW Conference presenters on AWN’s YouTube Channel.  

Source: VIEW Conference

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