Imageworks Brings Monster, Season to SIGGRAPH

Sony Pictures Imageworks will be out in force at the 33rd annual international conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques known as SIGGRAPH. The animated features Monster House and Open Season will take center stage in a variety of presentations from members the Academy Award-winning digital production studios’ creative team. The company will also has two pieces screening in the Electronic Theater and will host a drawing class with Karl Gnass, who has been teaching life drawing at Imageworks every week since 1996.

“This has been a very productive year for Imageworks in terms of our four active production pipelines: live action visual effects, performance capture, all CG animation and 3D stereoscopic work,” says Tim Sarnoff, president of Sony Pictures Imageworks. “We’re proud to share examples of each pipeline with Superman Returns, Monster House and Sony Pictures Animation’s first CG-feature, Open Season.’

SIGGRAPH attendees visiting the ever-popular Electronic Theater will be able to catch ‘Monster House: There Goes the Neighborhood” by visual effects supervisor Jay Redd, as well as “Open Season: Separating the Trees from the Forest,” presented by visual effects supervisor Doug Ikeler. Monster House is currently in theaters and Open Season gets its license to hunt on September 29.

Ikeler will also join animation supervisor Sean Mullen and CG supervisors Max Bruce and Darren Lurie in presenting ‘The Art of Open Season,’ a program that will offer a detailed, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the first feature animated film from Sony Pictures Animation. The course will be held on Sunday, July 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Hall C.

A second program titled “Performance-Driven Facial Animation” will be offered on Wednesday, Aug. 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30pm in room 205. Imageworks software architect Parag Havaldar will cover the tracking, cross-mapping and model derivation technologies used on Monster House, and will present current and forthcoming motion-capture techniques and application case studies from recent projects.

The roster of panel discussions featuring Imageworks artists will include ‘Skills and Training,’ “Sounding Off: How Voice Talents Bring Characters to Life in a CG Film” and ‘Is a Career in Computer Graphics Possible?”

SIGGRAPH 2006 will be held from July 30 to Aug. 3 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston, Mass. For a full conference schedule and additional information, go to www.siggraph.org/s2006.