Sony to Offer Behind-the-Scenes Panels at SIGGRAPH

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Sony Pictures Imageworks and Sony Pictures Animation (SPA) will feature their top teams of effects and animation talent on August 7 in special “behind the scenes” presentations of blockbuster live-action hits Men in Black 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man and the animated feature film Hotel Transylvania during SIGGRAPH 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

“SIGGRAPH is the perfect forum to exhibit the incredible creative and technical ingenuity of the artists at Sony Pictures Imageworks and Sony Pictures Animation,” said Rob Bredow, Chief Technology Officer, Sony Pictures Imageworks. “We take great pride in sharing our work with the industry’s most respected minds in visual effects and animation.”

In addition to its three creative presentations, Sony Pictures Imageworks Recruitment will have a major presence at the SIGGRAPH Job Fair. The award-winning SPI team is seeking animators, lighters, compositors, cloth/hair sims TDs and Houdini FX TDs for its Vancouver studio, as well as Lookdev TDs, Texture Artists, Matte Painters and Creature TDs for SPI’s main studio located in Culver City, California.

“The SIGGRAPH audience has the experiential background to appreciate the significant effects work created at SPI and SPA,” said Ken Maruyama VP of Recruiting, Sony Pictures Imageworks. “The conference provides a great opportunity to interact with that audience and potential new talent.”

Sony Pictures Animation will open the August 7 presentations with an exploration of the dazzling art, unique animation style and technical achievements of Sony Pictures Animation’s upcoming monster comedy, Hotel Transylvania. From 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. in Hall K, audience members will be treated to an advance look at the film from Director Genndy Tartakovsky, Animation Supervisor James Crossley and VFX Supervisor Daniel Kramer. Following the presentation, Tartakovsky will be signing limited edition Hotel Transylvania posters in Hall H (Booth #25-26) from 11:00 a.m. – Noon. Hotel Transylvania arrives in theatres on September 28, 2012.

Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Transylvania

Sony Pictures Imageworks takes the Hall K stage from 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. to go behind the scenes of the hit film Men in Black 3. SPI oversaw the visual effects for MIB3, including the diverse, richly detailed array of characters and environments – all created with a heightened sense of realism. VFX Supervisor Jay Redd, Digital Effects Supervisor Ken Hahn, Animation Supervisor Spencer Cook and CG Supervisor Darren Lurie will give a guided tour “back to 1969″ – where SPI visual effects artists digitally created everything from the historic Apollo 11 rocket launch and New York’s Shea Stadium, to a chronology shifting time jump and an action-packed monocycle chase through the streets of Brooklyn…not to mention a galaxy of extraordinary alien characters.

SPI continues its Hall K presentations from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. with the untold story of The Amazing Spider-Man. SPI’s VFX team established a visual style for the blockbuster hit film that naturally blends cutting edge live-action stunt work, extensive digital environments and CG character animation. Senior VFX Supervisor Jerome Chen, Digital Effects Supervisor David Smith, Animation Supervisor Randy Cook, Additional Animation Supervisor David Schaub and Senior CG Supervisor John Haley will take audience members into this gritty, urban world for an inside look at this “amazing” film.

SIGGRAPH 2012

SIGGRAPH 2012

SPI and SPA is also represented in other areas of the conference with exclusive never-before-seen content appearing in the Electronic Theater and Animation Daytime Selects. On August 7, SPI’s Jeremy Selen will be presenting an all day course on Cinematic Color and Adam Martinez will present a practical guide to using Open Shading Language as part of the Practical Physical-Based Shading in the Film and Game Production course. For a complete listing of where to find Imageworks at SIGGRAPH please see http://www.imageworks.com/newsroom.php?p=press-breaks.