Pixar co-founder Alvy Ray Smith, longtime Disney animator Glen Keane and Madagascar director Tom McGrath have been announced as keynote speakers for the 2014 VIEW Conference set for Oct. 14-17 in Turin, Italy.
“(They) are highly respected gurus in the computer graphics and digital entertainment industry and we are immensely honored to host them in our beautiful city,” says conference director Maria Elena Gutierrez.
Smith is a pioneer in the field of computer graphics and computer animation. In addition to co-founding with Ed Catmull the Pixar Animation Studio, he was a founding director of the Lucasfilm Computer Division. He left Pixar in 1991 to co-found Altamira Software Corp., which was acquired in 1994 by Microsoft. Since leaving Microsoft, Smith has been an in-demand speaker, teacher and artist.
Keane is an animator whose credits include such beloved Disney classics as Tarzan, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas and Aladdin. He is working with Google to create a state of the art interactive, animated story for mobile devices.
Tom McGrath is director of the Madagascar trilogy and the animated superhero feature Megamind for DreamWorks Animation. He also is a busy voice actor, playing the role of Skipper for the Penguins of Madagascar in their movie appearances, TV series and the upcoming solo feature Penguins of Madagascar.
The largest computer graphics conference in Italy, VIEW is celebrating its 15th year. For more information, please visit the website: www.viewconference.it.