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Disney’s ‘Wish’ VFX Supervisor Kyle Odermatt Heading to VIEW 2023

The VES Award nominee will showcase the creative processes behind Walt Disney Animation’s 62nd animated feature, coming to theaters this November; the conference takes place October 15-20 in Turin, Italy.

The VIEW Conference, Italy’s premier international event on Computer Graphics, Interactive Techniques, Digital Cinema, 2D/3D Animation, VR and AR, Gaming, and VFX, has announced the addition of Kyle Odermatt, visual effects supervisor of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ upcoming animated musical comedy Wish, to its stellar slate of in-person attendees/speakers for the upcoming event.

VIEW 2023, an English-speaking conference, takes place October 15-20, 2023, in the beautiful baroque city of Turin, Italy. Tickets are now available from the official VIEW Conference website.

A VES Award nominee, Odermatt will showcase the creative processes behind the studio’s 62nd animated feature. Directed by Oscar-winner Chris Buck (Frozen, Frozen 2) and Fawn Veerasunthorn (Raya and the Last Dragon), Wish opens in theaters November 22, 2023 - marking the culmination of Disney100, a year-long celebration honoring the legacy of animation legend Walt Disney.

Wish, an all-new musical comedy welcomes audiences to the magical kingdom of Rosas, where Asha (Ariana DeBose), a sharp-witted idealist, makes a wish so powerful that it is answered by a cosmic force – a little ball of boundless energy called Star. Together, Asha and Star confront a most formidable foe – the ruler of Rosas, King Magnifico (Chris Pine) – to save her community and prove that when the will of one courageous human connects with the magic of the stars, wondrous things can happen. The film also features the voice of Alan Tudyk as Asha’s favorite goat, Valentino.

“I am proud that VIEW Conference is hosting this Italian premiere event introducing Disney’s latest animated feature, Wish,” shared Conference Director Dr. Maria Elena Gutierrez. “I am doubly honored to welcome Kyle Odermatt onto our live stage. I know that he will wow our international audience with his electrifying presentation about the spectacular visuals of this magical new movie.”

Odermatt’s career began in 1996 at Walt Disney Animation Studios as a model development technical supervisor overseeing modeling, rigging, layout, and EFX development for all current shows in production. He went on to become the artistic supervisor of computer graphics on Treasure Planet, also serving as a CG supervisor on Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons, and a VFX supervisor on Princess and the Frog, Winnie the Pooh, and 2012’s Oscar-winning short Paperman. His credits as VFX supervisor include 2014’s Oscar-winning feature film Big Hero 6 and 2016's Oscar-nominated Moana. Most recently, Odermatt worked on the 2021 release Raya and the Last Dragon, a project completed entirely from home.

Before joining Disney, Odermatt worked for Industrial Light & Magic as a character supervisor/modeler. His background also includes working for Gingko Design as an industrial designer and as a CAD manager for a Los Angeles architectural firm. His professional affiliations include ASIFA, SIGGRAPH, VES, and AMPAS. Born in Berkeley, California, Odermatt received a Bachelor of Art in Visual Development from Dartmouth College. He did postgraduate studies in architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design and transportation design at the ArtCenter College of Design.

Visit the VIEW 2023 website for more information.

Source: VIEW 2023

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.