CG-animated and vfx-packed blockbusters will have a big presence at this year’s Siggraph confab, taking place in the L.A. convention center August 5-9. The show organizers have released their Production Session highlights (full program available at s2012.siggraph.org), here are some can’t-miss toon related sit-ins:
Building Disney-Pixar’s Brave: Pencils to Pixels
Panelists: Colin Thompson (character shading supervisor), Tia Kratter (shading art director), Claudia Chung (simulation supe), Danielle Feinberg (dir. of photography, lighting)
Sony Pictures Animation: Checking in at Hotel Transylvania
Genndy Tartakovsky (director) is joined by film’s creative team to discuss animation style and technical achievements.
LAIKA’s ParaNorman: The Fusion of Stop Motion and CG in a Zombie-Ridden World
Panalists: Brian Van’t Hul (vfx supe), Steve Emerson (compositing supe) and Andrew Nawrot (CG and look development supe)
WETA Digital Presents Virtual Production: Combining Animation, Visual Effects and Live-Action Filmmaking
Senior vfx supe Joe Letteri presents on the virtual production work on The Adventures of Tintin and Avatar and discusses workflow at the studio going back to Lord of the Rings.
Balancing Act: Life as a Visual Effects Supervisor at DreamWorks Animation
Panelists: VFX supes Ken Bielenberg (Puss in Boots), Mahesh Ramasubramian (Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted), David Prescott (Rise of the Guardians) and Markus Manninen (The Croods)
The Art and Science Behind Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Paperman
Moderator: Darrin Butters (animator)
Panelists: John Kahrs (director), Patrick Osborne (animation supe), Amol Sathe (lighting & compositing supe), Jeff Turley (art director) and Brian Whited (final line software) discuss the blended CG/hand-drawn technique of the short.