Sony Exposing Spidey Villains at SIGGRAPH

The leading artists behind Sony Pictures/Columbia Pictures’ Spider-Man 3 will be at SIGGRAPH ’07 to reveal the creative challenges and technical achievements involved in creating the movie’s three super villains. The 34th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques takes place August 5-9 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif.

In bringing Marvel Comics’ web slinger to the screen for the third time, Sony Pictures Imageworks says it broke new ground in visual effects by producing fully articulated CG characters composed entirely of dynamically generated particles and fluids. Through key-framed performance animation, these digital characters interacted with each other and with live-action actors in real and synthetic environments.

Scheduled to be on hand for the discussion are Academy Award-winning senior visual effects supervisor Scott Stokdyk, digital effects supervisors Ken Hahn and Peter Nofz, and animation director Spencer Cook. They each worked on all three Spider-Man films and will relate their experiences during the event.

SIGGRAPH 2007 is expected to draw around 25,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from around the world to San Diego for technical and creative programs focusing on research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity and education. Other programs will feature talent from DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek the Third and Warner Bros.’ Happy Feet, among others. Registration for the conference and exhibition is open to the public. More details are available at