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‘Elemental’ Director Peter Sohn to Attend VIEW 2023

Pixar’s VP / Creative Director will be there in-person at the upcoming conference, presenting the studio’s new 3DCG film that just premiered at Cannes and hits theaters June 16.

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 that Peter Sohn, vice-president and creative director at Pixar Animation Studios, will be appearing in person at VIEW Conference 2023, speaking about his role as director of Disney and Pixar’s upcoming 3DCG feature, Elemental.

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

Elemental, an all-new, original feature film, is set in Element City, where Fire-, Water-, Earth- and Air-residents live together. The story introduces Ember, a tough, quick-witted and fiery young woman, whose friendship with a fun, sappy, go-with-the-flow guy named Wade challenges her beliefs about the world they live in. Elemental premiered at the Cannes Film Festival May 27, and will be released in theaters June 16 June.

Director Peter Sohn will be attending VIEW Conference 2023 in person to speak about the film, with a special presentation in which he talks about the creative journey he took to bring the movie to the screen. Elemental is Sohn’s second outing as an animated feature director, following his previous success with Disney and Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur. Both films were produced by Denise Ream.

Sohn joined Pixar Animation Studios in 2000, working in the art and story departments for Finding Nemo. He went on to work in the art, story, and animation departments for The Incredibles, animating members of the Parr family, for which he received an Annie Award nomination. He also worked as a story artist on WALL.E, before his Pixar directorial debut in 2009 with the short film Partly Cloudy. Sohn is also the voice talent behind a number of Pixar’s most memorable characters, including Emile in Ratatouille, Scott ‘Squishy’ Squibbles in Monsters University and SOX in Lightyear.

“I am so excited to welcome Peter Sohn to VIEW Conference 2023,” says Conference Director Dr. Maria Elena Gutierrez. “Peter is a true force of nature – a multi-talented storyteller, film director, animator, actor … you name it! In bringing his unique energy and wisdom to VIEW Conference, he is certain to leave our global audience feeling energized and inspired.”

The international VIEW Conference brings together industry professionals, thought leaders, students and enthusiasts not only to share and celebrate the latest achievements in Animation, VFX and Games, but also to share their visions of the future. The conference’s vibrant and inclusive atmosphere is designed to enlighten and inspire, with an extensive live program of talks, presentations, workshops, and masterclasses embracing cutting-edge thinking on such diverse topics as Storytelling, Virtual Production, Computer Graphics, Interactive & Immersive Media, VR/AR/Mixed Reality and the Metaverse, Artificial Intelligence, Real-Time Rendering and much, much more.

Source: VIEW 2023 

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Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.