George Lucas to Keynote SIGGRAPH

George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, is set to present the SIGGRAPH 2005 keynote address. “George Lucas: A Keynote Q&A with the Father of Digital Cinema,” will take place on Aug. 1 during the 32nd Int’l Conference on Computer Graphics & Interactive Techniques (July 31-Aug. 4).

“Lucas’ remarkable storytelling and cinematic technical achievements have awed and inspired the computer graphics community for more than 30 years,” says James L. Mohler, SIGGRAPH 2005 Conference Chair from Purdue University. “Drawing from his three decades of experience making movies, Lucas’ insights promise to intrigue and engage conference attendees across all industries and interests.”

In addition to his creative contributions to film and television, Lucas is chairman of Lucasfilm Ltd., a fully integrated entertainment company that includes vfx powerhouse Industrial Light & Magic, game company LucasArts, Lucas Licensing and Skywalker Sound. Last year, he also launched Lucasfilm Animation in California and Singapore for the purpose of producing CG-animated projects.

Lucas is currently in post-production on Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, which he says will be the final installment in the popular saga. The film will be released worldwide on May 19.

More than 25,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents are expected to attend SIGGRAPH 2005 to showcase their best work to a multi-disciplinary international community. The event includes a three-day exhibition of products and services for the computer graphics and interactive marketplace from Aug. 2-4.

SIGGRAPH 2005 is sponsored by ACM SIGGRAPH, a leading professional society for computer graphics and interactive techniques. Information on ACM SIGGRAPH membership and other conferences and activities can be found at www.siggraph.org.