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Register Now for Free PreVIEW Session with Director Peter Ramsey

VIEW Conference 2020 hosts the award-winning co-director of ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,’ August 29 in an online discussion.

The annual VIEW Conference, running October 18-23 in both Turin, Italy and online, is hosting a special series of online PreVIEW sessions leading up to the main event. Academy Award-winning director Peter Ramsey will join a session discussing his career journey, including his recent work as co-director of the highly acclaimed, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The event will take place on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 10:00am PDT / 6:00pm UK / 19:00 CET and will be streamed live to a global audience. Registration is free and now open.

“Peter is a master storyteller,” commented conference director, Dr. Maria Elena Gutierrez. “Listening to him speak about his passion for making movies is a privilege.”

During this live session, Ramsey will be in virtual conversation with Escape Studios deputy dean and director, Saint John Walker. He will also be responding to a selection of questions submitted by attendees on the event website during the session.

In his early career, Ramsey worked as a storyboard artist on an impressive catalog of live-action features including Backdraft, Boyz n the Hood, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Minority Report, Cast Away, Independence Day, Being John Malkovich, Fight Club, Hulk, and many others. He graduated to the role of second unit director on features including Godzilla, Tank Girl, Higher Learning and Poetic Justice.

In 2012, Ramsey made his feature directorial debut with the DreamWorks animated feature Rise of the Guardians. Together with co-directors Bob Persichetti and Rodney Rothman, he received an Academy Award for Sony Pictures Animation’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film in 2019. He is the first African American to be nominated for, and to win, an Oscar in this category. At the Annie Awards, the same directorial team picked up the award for Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production.

In his recent New York Times article, “Seeing Paradise From Behind a Dashboard,” Ramsey reflects on the influence of his formative years spent watching drive-in movies in Los Angeles, where he still lives and works today.

“Decades later, I found myself as one of the directors of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” wrote Ramsey. “Watching shots and giving notes in our digital dailies, I constantly imagined myself as a child, sitting in a darkened theater and watching Miles Morales (who actually looked something like me, which is a whole other thing) and his friends up onscreen, their moments of bonding, of heartbreak, of triumph, of heroic sacrifice. Young me, seeing that up on a gigantic screen? I know it would have been absolutely everything. I can barely comprehend how the dream I had as a child, to be part of that magic, has somehow come true.”

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PreVIEW IV is organized by VIEW Conference in partnership with OGR (Officine Grandi Riparazioni), VFXFestival and Escape Studios.

Source: View Conference