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Free Online PreVIEW III Session with RenderMan Evangelist Dylan Sisson

On July 24, Pixar’s RenderMan guru, along with VFX journalist Ian Failes, will talk about the latest in rendering technology and some amazing NPR tools currently in development.

VIEW CONFERENCE 2020 continues the leadup to its 21st edition, now being held both in person and online October 18-23, with their third, free, online “PreVIEW session.” In PreVIEW III, BeforesandAfters editor Ian Failes will talk with Pixar’s RenderMan evangelist Dylan Sisson.

Sisson will speak about the latest tech in Pixar's RenderMan: from making movie magic in Pixar’s latest feature animation Onward; to looking ahead at the amazing NPR tools (non-photorealistic rendering) currently in development at Pixar that promise to transform RenderMan into a tool for any type of look; to photorealistic images; and to practically any other style, including comics, anime, and painterly looks.

The session takes place Friday, July 24, at 2:30 pm PDT / 11:30 pm CET / 7:30 am Sydney

Pixar is known for the studio’s award-winning, blockbuster animated films, but the studio also created and continuously enhances its RenderMan software. Artists in visual effects and animation studios all over the world, as well as those at Pixar, use RenderMan to turn 3D models into believable, realistic objects and characters. The surfaces of every object and character in a Pixar movie – from Woody’s blue jeans to Coco’s stunning marigold bridge, to Onward’s flying pink unicorn – were created by artists using RenderMan.  

Sisson is a digital artist with over 25 years of experience in VFX and animation, who began his career animating commercials and creating RPGs for the Sony Playstation. After his independent animation won the award for “Best Computer Animated Short” at the AnimarFestival in 1999, Dylan joined Pixar Animation Studios, where he has been engaged in the evangelization of Pixar’s RenderMan. Dylan is also the creator and designer of the RenderMan Walking Teapot. In addition to his role at Pixar, today Dylan is an active artist exploring emerging media in VR and 3D printing.

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PreVIEW III is organized by VIEW Conference in partnership with OGR Torino and

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

The 2020 VIEW Conference will take place October 18 - 23 in Torino’s state-of-the-art OGR venue and virtually. Registration is now open

Source: VIEW Conference

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