Fri 9th Sep 2011 | News
Italy’s leading digital media conference has exceeded expectations once again with a line-up of outstanding filmmakers and computer graphics inventors, practitioners, and visionaries gathering in Italy for four days of inspirational talks, extraordinary educational workshops, and astounding visual and audio experiences.
This year, four award-winning keynote speakers expand VIEW’s reach and set the pace for the remarkable roster of notable presenters during the week. "We are so pleased and proud to welcome our keynote speakers Sharon Calahan, Tom Wujec, Cory Doctorow, and Randy Thom to the VIEW conference," says conference director Maria Elena Gutierrez. "Sharon is a goddess of light, Randy adds the dimension of sound, Tom is a visionary thinker, and Cory will challenge our thinking about art and the internet."
Calahan, Pixar’s renowned cinematographer, was the director of photography on 'Cars2'. Thom, a two-time Academy Award winner created the sound design for Rio. Wujec, an Autodesk fellow and highly sought-after speaker has authored three books on innovation. Doctorow is a contributor to 'The Guardian,' 'The New York Times,' 'Publishers Weekly,' 'Wired,' and a co-editor of the Boing Boing blog. Sharon Calahan will be offering a workshop for aspiring cinematographers titled 'Reflections on Light and Color,' Randy Thom one for sound designers, and Tom Wujec will give a workshop on design and innovation, 'Clarity:Using Visual Thinking to Collaborate, Innovate and get things done' while Pixar's Davide Pesare one about Shading 'RenderMan: Understanding Shading on SIMD Architectures'. "We are very fortunate that these brilliant professionals are so generous with their time," Gutierrez says. "Our attendees have a unique opportunity to study with the best in their fields."
Other headliners traveling to Turin include two visual effects supervisors from Industrial Light & Magic: Academy-Award winner Scott Farrar, visual effects supervisor for Transformers: The Dark of the Moon, and two-time Oscar nominee Roger Guyett, visual effects supervisor for Cowboys & Aliens; BAFTA award nominee Peter Nofz, digital effects supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks for Green Lantern; Gavin Graham, co-head of 3D at Double Negative for Captain America: The First Avenger; and from the Moving Picture Company, Adriano Rinaldi, who was lead effects technical director for X-Men: First Class and Daniele Bigi, look development lead for X-Men: First Class.
Speakers confirmed as of this date include:
· Keynote Sharon Calahan - Director of Photography/Lighting, Pixar Animation Studio
‘Cars2 - An International Adventure’
· Keynote Randy Thom - Multiple-Award Winning Director of Sound Design, Skywalker Sound
· Keynote Cory Doctorow - Science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist
’Detente: how the arts and the Internet can peacefully co-exist, and why they must’
· Tom Wujec - Academy Award winner, visual thinking guru and innovator, Autodesk
· Scott Farrar - Academy Award Winner and Senior VFX supervisor, ILM, Transformer3
· Roger Guyett - VFX Supervisor and Second Unit Director, ILM, Cowboys&Aliens
· Davide Pesare,- Technical Director, PIXAR, La Luna
· Lucia Modesto - Character Technical Director Supervisor, PDI/Dreamworks Animation
‘Character Rigging for animation feature movies’
· Peter Nofz - Digital Effects Supervisor, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Green Lantern
· Glenn Entis - Academy Award Winner, Co-Founder and General Partner, Vanedge Capital
‘Beyond Badges- Gamification for the Real World’
· David S. Cohen - Associate Editor, Variety
‘Variety’s history of 3D’
· Adriano Rinaldi - Head of Effects, MPC, X-Men: First Class
· Daniele Bigi - Lighting Supervisor, MPC, X-Men: First Class
· Gavin Graham - Co-Head of 3D, Double Negative
‘Captain America: Creating A Digital Marvel’
· Daniel Shapiro - Director of Automotive Marketing, NVIDIA
‘Driving Innovation: State-of-the-art computer graphics for automotive design, visualization and in-vehicle safety’
· Aldo Maggiore - Director of B.U. ICT Engineering Methods & Services, Fiat ITEM
· Erminio Pinque - Creature fabricator/performer and Art Director, Big Nazo Lab
‘Creature Adventures in the real world’
· Kris Piotrowski - Co-Founder and Creative Director, Capy
· Joshua Grow - 2011 SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival Director, VFX Artist at The Creative Cartel and Producer
· Roger Gould - Creative Director, Pixar’s Theme Park Group
· David Revoy - Digital Painter & Art Director
‘Digital painting: Free/Liber Open-source software’
· Mike Springer - Software Engineer, Google
‘Google Apps & AppEngine - Scaling your tools with your business’
· Marco Mazzaglia - IT Manager and Video Game Evangelist, Milestone
‘Retrogaming, how to learn from the past: successes and mistakes in the history of video games’
· Luc Soler - Research Project Manager in Computer Science and Robotics, IRCAD
‘Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality applied to surgery’
· Emanuele Micheli - Education Management Professional, School of Robotics, and Prof. Niccolò Casiddu - School of Architecture of Genova
‘Design and Robotics for weak users‘
· Stefano Cieri - Lighting and Rendering TD, CANECANE
‘Taxiceratops: anatomy and behaviour of a digital creature born in Rome’
· Fabrizio Volpi, 3D Supervisor/Compositor and Marco Negri, 3D Artist Xchanges VFX
‘Xchanges visual effects’
· Simona Braga, artistic director of ArtLab
‘The revolution in lighting control devices’
"We believe that people working in every area of computer graphics can learn from each other," Gutierrez says. "And, we are happy to provide a venue in which that can happen. We have such a star-studded conference this year that VIEW 2011 will be the best celebration of digital media, computer graphics and filmmaking yet. And, I would like to encourage people to attend our VIEWFest, as well."
VIEWFest, the Italian evolution of Resfest, unspools October 21 to 23, with director Enrico Casarosa from Pixar Animation Studios introducing the Italian premiere of 'La Luna.' Also highlighting the festival are 'Fratellini D'Italia '('Garibaldi and the Kid Brothers of Italy') with Maria Fares, co-founder of the animation production company Lanterna Magica attending, and the Italian premieres of the SIGGRAPH Animation Festival short films from 2011 in Vancouver and 2010 in Asia.
The VIEW conference takes place October 25 to 28 in Turin, Italy and is now open for registration.
VIEW Conference 2011, Turin ITALY.