Academy Talks Animation and VFX

The Science & Technology Council of the Motion Picture Academy will present a special program dubbed ‘Animation Invades Live Action’ tonight (Dec. 6) at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Top talents from the animation and visual effects industries will be on hand to discuss how animation and live action have blended together to create a new cinematic language with such films as the classic Who Framed Roger Rabbit and more recent entries I-Robot, The Polar Express and King Kong.

Scheduled panelists include director Rob Minkoff (The Lion King, Stuart Little 1 & 2), respected animation directors Tom Sito (Looney Tunes: Back in Action) and Anthony LaMolinara (Spider-Man 2), vfx giants John Dykstra (Star Wars, Spider-Man 2) and Ken Ralston (Star Wars, The Polar Express), animator Bob Kurtz (Jurassic Park, Honey I Blew Up the Kid), and cinematographer Steven Poster (Donnie Darko, Stuart Little 2). Actor Alfred Molina, who portrayed Doc Ock in Sony’s Spider-Man 2, will also be on hand to discuss the challenges of performing in an effects film.

The discussion will explore such questions as ‘Where does the animated film end and the live action film begin?’ and ‘What is the future?’ Attendees wil also be treated to a generous offering of rare footage. Last year’s program sold out with such guests as Brad Bird, Eric Goldberg and animators from New Line’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.

This program is open to the general public and tickets are on sale now for $5.00. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information and details on how to get tickets, call 310-247-3000. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills.