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VIEW 2023 Welcomes ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem’s Jeff Rowe

The hit Paramount film’s Annie Award-winning writer/director, along with Oscar-winning sound mixer Mark Ulano, join the stellar line-up of in-person attendees and speakers, including Henry Selick, Peter Sohn, and Sam Fell; the VIEW 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 Annie Award-winner Jeff Rowe, writer and director of the Nickelodeon and Paramount hit animated feature, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, and Oscar-winning sound mixer Mark Ulano, 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.

Before joining Nickelodeon, Rowe wrote and co-directed Sony Picture Animation’s original action comedy Connected with Michael Rianda. The duo went on to direct and co-write the Oscar-nominated animated feature The Mitchells vs the Machines. Rowe also worked as a staff writer on Disney Television Animation’s Gravity Falls and Matt Groening’s Netflix series Disenchantment. He is a graduate of the CalArts Character Animation Program.

In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, after years of being sheltered from the human world, the Turtle brothers set out to win the hearts of New Yorkers and be accepted as normal teenagers through heroic acts. Their new friend, April O’Neil (Ayo Edebiri), helps them take on a mysterious crime syndicate, but they soon get in over their heads when an army of mutants is unleashed upon them. Produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver, the film stars Micah Abbey as Donatello, Shamon Brown Jr. as Michelangelo, Nicolas Cantu as Leonardo, and Brady Noon as Raphael.

At the upcoming conference, in a special presentation entitled “Killers of the Flower Moon: Telling the Story with Sound,” Ulano will discuss his methodology and share stories from the set of Martin Scorsese’s latest feature.

Ulano explained, “The idea is how to use the creative sound palette during the entire process of making a film, telling the story. The essential sound arts provide a wide range of possibilities to bring the film's character and environment directly to the audience in a very emotional way. Production sound is not something secondary, or something that is added to the film later, but is achieved when the film is shot. It's a process that begins before filming commences and continues until the end of the production phase.”

Since 1976, Ulano has worked recording sound for films including Titanic, which garnered him an Academy Award for Sound Mixing and the Cinema Audio Society Award for Best Sound Mixing for a Feature Film. He has multiple AMPAS, CAS, and BAFTA nominations, most recently his 3rd and 4th Oscar nominations for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Ad Astra. Other credits include The Hateful Eight; Super 8; The Tourist; Inglorious Basterds; Rocky Balboa; Django Unchained; Kill Bill Vols. I & 2; Jackie Brown; Iron Man; Spy Kids; and Stuart Little, as well as over 150 film and television projects. Ulano has collaborated with Quentin Tarantino for 28 years - his most recent work will be heard this October in Martin Scorsese’s new film, Killers of The Flower Moon.

Ulano is active in cinema mentoring as a teacher of workshops and speaker at sound symposiums internationally. He has sat 30 years as a board member for the Cinema Audio Society and served the full two terms as president and vice president. He also has served five terms as president of IATSE Local 695 (the film sound union in Los Angeles) and served nine terms on the Sound Branch Executive Committee of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences as well as various AMPAS subcommittees.

When we say stellar lineup… we’re not kidding. Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Henry Selick – BAFTA Award-winner; Oscar nominee, legendary director of stop-motion animated features including Coraline and Wendell & Wild.
  • Joaquim Dos Santos – Annie Award winner, director of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.
  • Peter Sohn – Annie Award nominee, vice-president/creative director at Pixar Animation Studios, and director of Pixar’s Elemental.
  • Sam Fell – Oscar and BAFTA Award nominee, Director of Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget.
  • Nick Bruno and Troy Quane - Directors of Nimona.
  • Peter Ramsey – Oscar and BAFTA Award winner, director of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; executive producer of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse and Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire.
  • Doug Chiang – Oscar-winner; BAFTA Award-winner, vice president/executive creative director at Lucasfilm.
  • ND Stevenson  – National Book Award nominee, New York Times best-selling author, author, creator & executive producer of Nimona.
  • Ted Ty  - Global Head of Character Animation, DNEG Animation.
  • Joe Letteri – Five-time Oscar-winner, BAFTA Award winner - Wētā FX senior VFX supervisor of Avatar: The Way of Water.
  • Mike Lasker – VES Award nominee, Sony Pictures Imageworks VFX supervisor of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.
  • Stephane Ceretti – Oscar nominee, BAFTA Award nominee, Marvel Studios VFX supervisor of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3.
  • John Gaeta – Oscar-winner, BAFTA Award-winner, and CCO at Inworld AI - Creator, designer, and inventor known for his Oscar-winning work on The Matrix trilogy.
  • Bruno Coulais – Oscar nominee, BAFTA Award nominee, composer, and musician - creator of scores for over 100 films and television shows, including Coraline, Wendell & Wild, Wolfwalkers, and The Secret of Kells.
  • Andreas Deja – Annie Award winner, creator, and director of Mushka and a veteran animator with credits on Disney classics including The Black Cauldron, Oliver & Company, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Hercules, and Lilo & Stitch.
  • Paul Debevec – Academy Award-winner and director of research, creative algorithms, and technology at Netflix.
  • Hal Hickel – Oscar-winner; BAFTA Award-winner, Animation supervisor of The Mandalorian at ILM.
  • Dylan Sisson - Creative pioneer behind Pixar’s award-winning RenderMan software.
  • Eloi Champagne - Technical director at the National Film Board of Canada.
  • Nikola Damjanov - Lead game artist at Nordeus.
  • Jan-Bart van Beek – BAFTA Award-winner and studio director at Guerrilla Games.
  • Almu Redondo – Annie Award nominee and production designer at Cartoon Saloon.
  • Apollonia Hartmann - VFX Producer, Accenture Song Content (formerly Mackevision).
  • Richard Kerris - Vice president, DevRel/Omniverse, IGM M&E at NVIDIA.
  • Michael Coldewey – German Academy Award-winner; German TV Award-winner, Professor of Concept Art, Drawing & Design at the Media Design University of Applied Sciences in Munich.
  • Andreas Maaninka – VES Award nominee, VFX supervisor.
  • Alwyn Hunt - Head of education, partnerships, Adobe; co-founder, The Rookies.
  • Martin Nebelong - Digital artist.

Additional information and bios for the speakers is available here.

Source: VIEW 2023

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