Stan Winston Tribute Added to SIGGRAPH

A tribute to the late special effects master Stan Winston, a special conversation between Disney/Pixar’s chief creative officer John Lasseter and Oscar-winning 2D animator Frederic Back and a sneak preview of Lucas Animation’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars are all part of this year’s special Studio Events program at SIGGRAPH, which takes place August 11 thru 15 in Los Angeles.

On Tuesday, August 12, Lasseter will host a rare conversation with renowned Canadian 2D animator Frederic Back, whose short films Crac and The Man Who Planted Trees brought him the Oscar in 1982 and 1987. The program begins at 8 p.m. with a screening of The Man Who Planted Trees at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles. An exhibit of Back’s work will also be on display at the Linwood Dunn Theater of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, located at 1313 Vine Street, L.A.

Also on tap for Tuesday is a screening of the well-received documentary, The Pixar Story, with introduction and Q&A by director Leslie Iwerks and friends.

On Wednesday, August 13, Sony Pictures Imageworks will hosts a special tribute to special effects wizard Stan Winston, which will include highlights of his many incredible achievements as well as remembrances and salutes from his many friends and colleagues in the entertainment industry. A screening of a classic Stan Winston film (to be announced later) will follow the discussion.

LucasFilm takes center stage on Thursday, August 14, with a special sneak preview presentation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, directed by Dave Filoni and exec produced by George Lucas. The event is hosted by Oscar-winning ILM vfx artist John Knoll and will include appearances by Filoni and other special guests.

Under the supervision of SIGGRAPH 2008′s talented entertainment director Jill Smolin, the event’s popular Computer Animation Festival has expanded into a full-scale film festival that will incorporate curated and competition screenings, discussion panels with filmmakers/artists/producers and an awards program. In addition, the Computer Animation Festival will be more accessible to the general public than previous years. Other highlights include a special two-day progam focusing on the brave, new world of 3-D stereoscopy, put together by Sony Imageworks’ senior stereographer and digital effects supervisor Rob Engle (Beowulf, Monster House, Open Season).For more info about this year’s lineup of events, visit www.siggraph.org/s2008