VES FEST Examines Animation

This year’s edition of the Visual Effects Society’s Festival of Visual Effects will feature a special focus on our beloved art form with panel discussion titled ‘Creating Life One Frame at a Time: The Art of VFX Animation.’ The program is part of a full schedule of events taking place July 6-8 at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. A number of leading vfx and animation pros will be on hand during the three-day extravaganza to discuss their work on top films and TV shows, including the summer blockbusters Superman Returns and Cars.

The VFX Animation panelists will include Chiodo Bros. Prods. principal Steven Chiodo, Lord of the Rings vfx supervisor Randy Cook, Antz and Over the Hedge director Tim Johnson and ILM senior visual effects supervisor Dennis Muren. Vfx supervisor/cinematographer Bill Taylor, ASC from Illusion Arts will moderate as the distinguished guests discuss their own work before and after the digital revolution, and some of the unexpected consequences that come with change. A visual demonstration will accompany the program, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. ‘ 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 8. For more information on the 2006 VES Festival of Visual Effects, go to