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VFXRIO Presents Pixar Co-Founder Alvy Ray Smith February 7

To celebrate the special free upcoming online presentation VFX Rio launched an original video created by director Matteo Moriconi and XCave Studios founder Rodrigo Hurtado.

Matteo Moriconi of VFX RIO and Rodrigo Hurtado founder of XCave Studios have joined forces to create a conceptual video for the promotion of Brazil’s upcoming digital event VFXRIO. Developed using Unreal Engine technology, the film is inspired by the works of Moebius and Joseph Campbell and takes the viewer on an adventure bound to the city of Rio de Janeiro.

“The hero in our story sets out on a journey of self-discovery,” explains Hurtado. “He goes through several phases of development until he arrives to his final destination at VFXRIO, the most important Brazilian event dedicated to visual technologies.”

The soundtrack, created by Marcelo Baldin, accompanies the hero in his journey across physical and metaphysical borders.

“The video reflects the mission of VFXRIO, which is to reveal, discuss and promote visual technologies,” adds Moriconi. “In the film the hero discovers his role through a series of events that reveal the truth about his origin and his nature. This trip brings balance and hope to the world through technology. We are honored to be able to work with Rodrigo Hurtado and Marcelo Baldin from Wolfgang Audio, two of the most important Brazilian professionals in the industry.”

The VFXRIO online event takes place February 7, headlined by Pixar co-founder, Alvy Ray Smith. He will be presented by TV Globo executive supervisor Lucia Modesto. Ray Smith will present his upcoming book “A Biography of the Pixel” (MIT Press, Spring 2021). 

“We are honored with the participation of Alvy Ray Smith in our event,” commented Moriconi. “Our responsibility is to showcase visual technologies as they become part of a human narrative. Alvy Ray Smith’s contribution to this narrative and his unique view are fundamental for our understanding of new technologies and creativity in the digital era”.

Hurtado is creative director and founding partner of XCAVE, the first Brazilian animation and real-time VFX studio. He specializes in script and new immersive XR and real-time technologies. With over 20 years of experience, he has created and produced audiovisual and interactive innovation projects for global brands such as Netflix, Amazon, Warner, Paramount, Sony, Samsung, Ubisoft, Google, among others. He was one of the creators of the immersive studio Arvore, and creative director of XR and animation at Vetor Zero, the largest animation studio in Latin America. Baldin, musical composer and sound designer, is the founder of Combustion Studio and Wolfgang Audio.  

VFXRIO is a free event being held Sunday, February 7

12:20 (EST Time) Registration

12:40 (EST Time) Introduction

13:00 (EST Time) Alvy Ray Smith at VFXRIO Live

13:30 (EST TIME) Q&A

Additional information is available HERE.

Source: VFXRIO