More great speakers have been announced for View Conference 2017!

Bill Westenhofer will talks about the VFX work on WONDER WOMAN.

John Nelson will gives a panel about the challenges to work on the sequel of an iconic movie with BLADE RUNNER 2049.

Let’s stay in the sci-fi world with VALERIAN, Martin Hill will cover the huge amount of work made by Weta Digital for the Luc Besson space opera.

The list of speakers is really interesting and more names will be added.
Have a look at the complete list of it here.

Here is the press release:

This year, we’re proud to announce that four-time Oscar winner Joe Letteri, Oscar winner John Nelson, two-time Oscar winner Bill Westenhofer, and one-time Oscar winner Martin Hill will join the roster of more than 25 top industry professionals already confirmed for the renowned Computer Graphics Conference.

Weta Digital Senior VFX Supervisor Joe Letteri will present the evolution of visual effects technology and artistry behind War for the Planet of the Apes, the final film in the trilogy.

John Nelson will share the visual effects work on the highly anticipated film Blade Runner 2049, scheduled for release October 6.

Bill Westenhofer brings Wonder Woman, this summer’s critically acclaimed, surprise superhero blockbuster.

And also recently announced is Martin Hill, a SciTech award winner, who supervised Weta Digital’s visual effects work on Luc Besson’s visually complex and beautiful Valerian.

These Visual Effects Supervisors will join a deep slate of speakers scheduled to present at VIEW 2017. Already confirmed for keynote presentations are legendary World of Warcraft game designer Rob Pardo, CEO of Bonfire Studios; and Baobab Studios Chief Creative Director Eric Darnell, known for co-directing and co-writing all four DreamWorks Animation Madagascar films with Tom McGrath, as well as directing Antz.

“But you know, VIEW is special not just because we bring so many amazing people to Torino, it’s because of the collaboration we see among our speakers and our attendees,” Dr. Gutierrez says. “VIEW has become not only a place where ideas are presented. It’s a time and place where ideas are incubated.”

Each year, the meticulously curated conference brings together top talent in the fields of virtual reality, animation, game development, and research for a sizzling week of workshops, presentations, master classes, awards, panels, and keynote addresses.

Adding to the VFX program are Oscar nominee Christopher Townsend, the overall VFX supervisor for Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2; Oscar winner Hal Hickel, the animation director for Rogue One; Mike Ford, VFX Supervisor for Smurfs: The Lost Village; and Victor Perez, VFX Supervisor for Gabriele SalvatoresInvisible Boy 2.

In addition to keynote speaker Eric Darnell, who co-founded Baobab Studios to explore animation in virtual reality, other VR artists and practitioners coming to VIEW 2017 include Phil Chen, co-founder of HTC Vive; SciTech Award winner Paul Debevec, a senior staff engineer at Google VR; Vicki Dobbs Beck, executive in charge of ILM’s XLab; Maureen Fan CEO of Baobab Studios;Larry Cutler, CTO at Baobab, Shannon Tindle, director of the Google Spotlight Story “On Ice;” Eloi Champagne, technical director for the National Film Board of Canada’s VR, Bernard Yee, executive producer and program manager for Oculus Game VR, and David Putrino, director of rehabilitation innovation at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai.

Animation aficionados will applaud the addition of speakers Kris Pearn who directed The Willoughbys, Kim White, Pixar’s lighting director on Pixar’s Cars 3, two-time Oscar nominee Rob Coleman, head of animation for the Lego Batman Movie, two-time Oscar nominee Mark Osborne, director The Little Prince, Noelle Triaureau, production designer on Smurfs: The Lost Village, Carlos Zaragoza, production designer on The Emoji Movie, Cinzia Angelini, director of “Mila,” and Francesco Filippi, director of Mani Rosse, as well as legendary animator and acting teacher Ed Hooks.

President of Sony Pictures Imageworks Randy Lake will bring a celebration of the visual effects and animation studio’s 25th anniversary to VIEW. Since its founding, the studio has contributed imagery to more than 100 live-action and animation productions.

Don’t forget to book your dates, October 23 to 27!

See you there!

© Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2017


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