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Complete VIEW 2019 Program Released

Last minute confirmations pack an already expanded roster featuring top industry speakers; directors Jill Culton, Brad Bird, Dean DeBlois, Conrad Vernon, Sergio Pablos, Peter Ramsey and Eric Darnell lead an all-star lineup.

LOS ANGELES/TURIN, ITALY – VIEW Conference, Italy’s annual event celebrating VFX, Computer Graphics, Animation, Visual Effects, Games, VR, AR, Mixed Reality and more is proud to confirm the event’s complete line-up -- its biggest ever.  Including KEYNOTES, MASTERCLASSES, WORKSHOPS and PANELS, the unique conference hosts many of the industry’s top talents in small sessions, offer inspiring and practical content to artists, animators, game developers, storytellers, content creators, students and other professionals.   In addition to traditional sessions, VIEW Conference is proud to continue a new tradition of featuring a special musical performance.  This year the event will host a concert conducted by prolific composer Michael Giacchino, who has scored countless hit films including the Oscar-winning score for the 2009 Pixar film Up.    

VIEW conference is also proud to present a ‘Visionary Award’ to Oscar-winning Pixar production designer and filmmaker, Ralph Eggleston. Eggleston will be recognized for his contributions to the industry working on many of Pixar Animation Studios’ biggest films, including the industry’s first computer-animated feature, Toy Story and the studio’s delightful 2001 animated short, For the Birds, for which he won an Oscar.   The unique conference will also host an exciting ‘Women in Animation’ lunchtime panel, featuring a host of industry leaders sharing their experiences, moderated by award-winning journalist and author Carolyn Giardina of The Hollywood Reporter and including panelists Maureen Fan, CEO Baobab Studios; Angie Wojack, Director of Career Development, School of Visual Arts NYC; Wieke Schrakamp, Research Manager Health & Behavior, IJsfontein; Janelle Croshaw Ralla, VFX Supervisor, Framestore; and Jill Culton, Writer/Director Dreamworks Animation’s Abominable.

“I’m thrilled to confirm our biggest and most diverse line-up ever,” says Conference CEO Dr. Maria Elena Gutierrez. “VIEW brings together the world’s best and brightest minds across multiple disciplines, in a uniquely intimate and collaborative place where creatives can incubate and celebrate.  One of the special reasons to attend VIEW is that our speakers like to stay for the entire week and attend talks given by the other speakers, so our attendees have many opportunities to interact, and enjoy.”

A FULL LIST OF SPEAKERS (Listed Alphabetically):

ADAM FIGIELSKI, VFX Supervisor, Pixomondo

Talk-The Fairies of Carnival Row

Talk-Game of Thrones Season 8 visual effects

ALEX SCHWARTZ, Producer, Addams Family (2019)

KEYNOTE- Conrad Vernon at VIEW 2019 (with Alex Schwartz)

ALEX WILLIAMS, Head of Animation, Escape Studios

Panel- Starting Your Animation Career: How to Get Noticed and Get Hired

AMEDEO BERRETTA, Teacher, Pearson College’s Escape Studios

Masterclass- Animate a Sci-Fi bot walk Cycle in Maya!

ANGIE WOJAK, Director of Career Development, School of Visual Arts NYC

Panel- Starting Your Animation Career: How to Get Noticed and Get Hired

Panel- Women in Animation (Moderator Carolyn Giardina)

ANTONY VITILLO, AR/VR Consultant, Blogger

Masterclass- Why Design Thinking is Important for Innovation? (with Simone Favarin)

BRAD BIRD, Director/Screenwriter/Animator

Masterclass- The Animator as Actor

KEYNOTE- Setting the Table: The Art of the Movie Opening           


Talk- In Conversation with Jan-Bart Van Beek, Art Director, Guerilla Games

CONRAD VERNON, Co-director, Addams Family (2019)

KEYNOTE- Conrad Vernon at VIEW 2019 (with Alex Schwartz)

CH KIM, CEO & Executive Producer, PUBG

KEYNOTE- PUBG: A Creative by Global Underdogs that Stunned the World

DANIEL ZAJFMAN, President, Weizmann Institute of Science

KEYNOTE- What is Why and Why it is important?


Talk- Art of Aladdin: “Let’s make some magic!”

DANNY DIMIAN, VFX Sup, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Masterclass- Creating the Spider-Verse: Developing Stylized Looks

Talk- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Breaking the Rules of Animation?

DAVID DE ROOIJ, Storyboard Artist, Director, Animator

Masterclass- Storyboarding for TV and Feature Animation: What’s the Difference

DAVID MISCH, Screenwriter, Teacher

Masterclass- Buster Keaton: Existential Slapstick

Talk- Ha! Aah! The Painful Relationship Between Humor and Horror

DEAN DEBLOIS, Director, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

KEYNOTE- Dean DeBlois at VIEW 2019

DEBORAH NADOOLMAN LANDIS, Distinguished Professor, Chair & Founding Director of Copley Center for Costume Design, UCLA

DLYAN SISSON, Marketing Manager, Pixar

Masterclass- Technical Toy Story: The Latest and Greatest in Pixar’s RenderMan

DREW SKILLMAN, Creative Director, Tilt Brush, Google

Talk- Understand & Experience Tilt Brush by Google.  Oculus Quest Presentation and Interactive Demo (with Patrick Hackett)

ELOI CHAMPAGNE, Technical Director, National Film Board of Canada, VR

Masterclass- Creating an Immersive Experience: From Initial Idea to Final Pitch (with Frances Adair McKenzie and Vincent McCurley)

Talk- How XR (AR, MR, VR) will impact how we create and what we create

ERIC DARNELL, Chief Creative Director Baobab Studios

KEYNOTE- Interactivity as Narrative in VR Storytelling

FABIO VIOLA, Game Designer & Founder, TuoMuseo

Talk- Videogames as an Art Form


Talk-I’ve Got No Strings: A Brief History of Animated Dance


Talk-SHAZAM! Fun Around Philadelphia

FRANCES ADAIR MCKENZIE, Interdisciplinary Artist & Director, The Orchid & The Bee

Masterclass- Creating an Immersive Experience: From Initial Idea to Final Pitch (with Eloi Champagne and Vincent McCurley)

GIANNI CUOZZO, Cybersecurity Expert & Founder, Exein SpA

Talk- AI Cyberwarfare and Cyberweapons and Their Impacts on Cyber Ethics

GLENN ENTIS, Academy Award Winner, Co-founder PDI

Masterclass- Sandboxes for Creative Development (with Milan Jovovic)

GUY WILLIAMS, Weta Digital

Talk- Why Digital Performance? Weta Digital Presents Gemini Man

HAL HICKEL, Animation Supervisor, ILM

Masterclass- Anatomy of An Animation Supervisor

Talk- Living the Dream: 35 Years of Success, Failure and Lessons Learned in the VFX Industry

HEIKO BURKARDSMAIER, VFX Executive Producer, Head of Business/Legal Affairs, Mackevision

Talk- VFX Business and Legal

HELGE MAUS, 3D/VFX Artist & Trainer, pixeltrain

Masterclass- Houdini FX MotionGraphics

Masterclass- Houdini for Indies

HENRY LABOUNTA, Studio Art Director, EA

Talk-Turning up the HEAT in Need for Speed

HUGO GUERRA, Director & VFX Supervisor, Director and VFX Supervisor, Founder of Hugo’s Desk

Masterclass- Nuke for Dummies

Masterclass- VFX Editing

IAN PALMER, Director, Escape Studios

Talk- Industry-Driven Education: Training the Next Generation of Artists

JANELLE CROSHAW RALLA, VFX Supervisor, Framestore

Talk- Vers, Fury and Furry Creatures, the VFX of Captain Marvel

Panel-Women in Animation (Moderator Carolyn Giardina)

JACK M. GILSON, Studio Art Director, Rovio

Talk-How to be an Artist Working in Free to Play (F2P)

JAN BART VAN BEEK, Studio Art Director - Guerilla Games


JILL CULTON, Writer/Director, Abominable (Dreamworks)

KEYNOTE- Jill Culton at VIEW 2019

Panel- Women in Animation (Moderator Carolyn Giardina)

KAREEM ETTOUNEY, Art Director/Co-Founder, Media Molecule

Talk-The Timelessness of Dreams

JOSH HOLMES, CEO/Co-Founder, Midwinter Entertainment

Talk- From AAA to Indie, Rediscovering My Creative Soul

JURI STANOSSEK, VFX Supervisor - Mackevision

Talk- How VFX Accelerates Automotive Productions

MORITZ SCHWIND, Co-founder, Entagma

Masterclass- Beg, Borrow & Steal! Shanghaiiing Science Papers for Procedural Design

MAUREEN FAN CEO, Co-Founder, Baobab Studios

KEYNOTE- Creating an Interactive Narrative

Panel-Women in Animation (Moderator Carolyn Giardina)


KEYNOTE- Michael Gaicchino at VIEW 2019

Performance-In Concert

MICHAEL RALLA, VFX Sup, Framestore - AR Tools

Masterclass- Leveraging AR, VR & LED Techniques for Short Turnaround, High-end TVC Production

MILAN JOVOVIC, Co-founder, Partner & Chief Creative Officer, Nordeus 

Masterclass- Sandboxes for Creative Development (with Glenn Entis)

MORITZ SCHWIND, Co-founder, Entagma

Masterclass- Beg, Borrow & Steal! Shanghaiing Science Papers for Procedural Design

NIKOLA DAMJANOV, Lead Game Artist, Nordeus


Masterclass- Procedural Material Creation with Substance Designer

PATRICK HACKETT, VR UX Designer & Co-Creator Tilt Brush, Google

Talk- Understand & Experience Tilt Brush by Google.  Oculus Quest Presentation and Interactive Demo (with Drew Skillman)

PAUL DEBEVEC, Senior Engineer, Google VR

Talk- Welcome to Light Fields

PETER RAMSEY, Co-director, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Masterclass- Storytelling

KEYNOTE- What Story Are You Telling?

RALPH EGGLESTON, Production Designer, Pixar

Masterclass-Challenging Changes: The Parr Home Renovations

KEYNOTE-Character in World Building

ROB BREDOW, SVP, Executive Creative Director and Head of ILM

KEYNOTE- Star Wars: Over Four Decades of Storytelling with Innovation

ROB LEGATO, VFX Supervisor, The Lion King (2019)

KEYNOTE- Rob Legato at VIEW

ROBERT CODDINGTON, Animation Director, Insomniac Games

Talk- The Cinematic Process for Marvel’s Spider-Man (PS4)

SEBASTIAN SYLWAN CTO & Creative Partner, Felix & Paul Studios

Talk- Space Explorers: The ISS Experience (Filming VR in Microgravity)

SÉBASTIEN HUE, Concept Artist & Illustrator

Masterclass- Making of a Scifi Environment Concept Art from Scratch in Photoshop

Talk- Keys and Mindset to Hike the Mountain of Concept Art

SERGIO PABLOS, Director/Writer, Klaus (Netflix)

Talk- Sergio Pablo’s Klaus: Bringing 2D Forward, Netflix

SIDNEY KOMBO-KIMTOMBO, Animation Supervisor, Weta Digital

Talk- Weta Digital Presents the Visual Effects of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame

SIMONE GIAMPAOLO, Director, Aardman

Talk- Becoming a Director in London, one Short Story at a Time

SIOBHAN REDDY, Media Molecule


STEFANO FARAONI, Lawyer, Professor

Masterclass- The Art of Pitch – Public Speaking – How to Attract Attention

STEVE GOLDBERG, VFX Supervisor, Frozen 2, Disney Animation

Talk- Creating the Elements of Frozen 2

SIMONE FAVARIN, R/D Social Science & Digital Transformation Expert

Masterclass- Why Design Thinking is Important for Innovation? (with Antony Vitillo)

SPENCER COOK, Animation Director, DNEG

Panelist- Starting Your Animation Career: How to Get Noticed and Get Hired

SVEN MARTIN, VFX Supervisor, Pixomondo

Talk- Sven Martin at VIEW 2019

TERRENCE MASSON, MFA Computer Arts Chair, School of Visual Arts, NYC

Talk- Finding Your Voice: Portfolio Review Discussion

THEO BIALEK, Digital FX Supervisor, Sony Pictures Imageworks

Masterclass- Creating a Super Uber Elemental

Talk- Swing Far from Home

THEODORE TY, Head of Character Animation, L’Atelier Animation

Masterclass- Beyond Eye Darts: A Closer Look at Acting for Animation

Panel- Starting Your Animation Career: How to Get Noticed and Get Hired


Talk- Ferocious Beasts-Animating Daenerys’ Dragons in the Final Season of Game of Thrones

TIFFANY FEENEY, Founder - Talent Outpost

Panel- Starting Your Animation Career: How to Get Noticed and Get Hired

TODD SUE, Art Director, Respawn Entertainment

Talk- Small Team, Big Results: Making of Apex Legends

TOM WUJEC,  Tech pioneer, Writer, Entrepreneur

KEYNOTE- The Future of Work

Masterclass- The Digital Tango: Preparing for the Future of Work

Masterclass- Creative Collaboration-Tools to Supercharge your Teams

TRENT CLAUS, VFX Supervisor, Lola.

Masterclass- Digital Make-Up Effects in a Photoreal Environment

VINCENT MCCURLEY, Interactive Designer & Creative Technologist, NFB Digital Studio

Masterclass- Creating an Immersive Experience: From Initial Idea to Final Pitch (with Eloi Champagne and Frances Adair McKenzie)

WEIKE SCHRAKAMP, Research Manager Health & Behavior, IJsfontein

Talk- Behavior Design

Panel- Women in Animation (Moderator Carolyn Giardina)

WILLIAM REEVES, Supervising Technical Director, Pixar

Talk- The Evolution of the Toy Story World

You can download the full program here or visit the conference website for full details.  

The international VIEW Conference, Italy’s leading 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.

This year’s conference takes place from October 21 to 25 in the exciting new OGR venue. Registration is now open. 

AWN readers get a 25% ticket discount - use code "VIEW_AWN."

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