'Digital Storytelling: World Building in a Digital Universe' will be held at the Filmens hus, Oslo Norway April 13 - 15, 2011. This is the sixth annual seminar on the creative use of technology in film, television and games, focusing on how visual effects and digital set design are used to advance storytelling and world building in feature film, television and games. Speakers from the Norwegian, Nordic and International film and games community gather in Oslo to present their work.
The keynote presentation will be on photoreal digital actors, presented by Associate Director of Graphics Research Paul Debevec of the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies. His pioneer work in image-based lighting, and later development of a series of Light Stage devices for digitizing the shape and appearance of human faces, has been instrumental for the VFX of films such as "The Matrx", "Spider Man 2", "King Kong", "Superman Returns", "Spiderman 3", "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Avatar" to name a few. In 2010 he received a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award with Tim Hawkins, John Monos, and Mark Sagar.
New of this year are presentations from European game industry professionals, from motion capture actor Pascal Langlois (Ethan Mars in “Heavy Rain”), to film director working with motion capture John Dower (Xbox 360 “Milo & Kate”), Matt Woodward from CCP Games (Eve Online) and Owen O’Brien from DICE (Mirror’s Edge). Norwegian character animator Arne Kaupang will present work on the sci-fi movie “Paul” on behalf of Double Negative, and the usual suspects from the top Norwegian and Swedish VFX studios are making a big VFX Omelette: Camera Magica, Gimpville, Storm Studios, Storyline Studios, Hocus Focus, Fido (Sweden), Qvisten Animation and Rune Spaans.
Digital Storytelling is arranged in cooperation with the Norwegian Film Institute and will take place in the Tancred Cinema at Filmens Hus, Oslo Norway on April 13th. The seminar is followed by the opening of “Visions for a Story World 2011″ an exhibition of concept art and design in film and games in collaboration with Grafill Animasjon. On April 14 and 15 two VFX workshops on NukeX for Norwegian visual effects and film professionals will be led by Matt Leonard of Sphere VFX. At the close of the seminar the Norwegian Society of Visual Effects (NFX) will present the 2011 Best Visual Effects Awards.
The seminar has previously addressed such topics as Digital Sets and Environments for film, Digital Fiction - innovative filmmaking, Digital Storytelling and the effects of visual effects on the narrative and Visual Effects and the Story World. This past year's event Digital Storytelling: Into new dimensions was strongly influenced by "Avatar" - a watershed both in aspect of its good use of stereoscopic 3D and the way that future movies will be created and filmed. Our key speaker was Oscar winner for production design on "Avatar", Robert Stromberg. He also generously contributed art work to our exhibition "Visions for a Story World" to everyone visual amazement. Previous guest speakers include: VFX designer Eric Hanson and Greg Downing (xRez Studio), Production Designer Alex Mc Dowell ("Minority Report"), VFX Supervisors from Double Negative, Dayne Cowan ("Batman Begins") and Frazer Churchill ("Children of Men"), VFX consultant and author of "Digital Storytelling: The Narrative Power of Visual Effects" Shilo McClean, Oscar winners and VFX supervisors Robert Legato ("Titanic") and Mike Fink ("Golden Compass"), as well as a number of Scandinavian and European VFX talents, designers, directors and producers working at home and abroad.
The event targets professionals in the film industry, with emphasis on directors, producers, production designers, visual effects artists as well as designers and architects interested in digital film design.