Sony, DWA, Pixar Directors Top VIEW 2012 Slate in Italy

Top animators Genndy Tartakovsky, Eric Darnell and Mark Walsh will take the lead at the VIEW digital technology conference, set for Oct. 16-19 in Turin, Italy. The 13th annual event, which is dedicated to assemble experts in computer graphics, also will feature TV director Daniel Attias and Oscar-winning sound designer and short-film director Gary Rydstrom.

New to this edition of the event is the Creative Bootcamp, a multi-day workshop that will explore the ways in which technology, society, economies and industries may evolve. Led by Glenn Entis co-founder of PDI, former chief visual officer for Electronic Arts, and now a founding partner in Vanage Capital, and Tom Wujec, Autodesk fellow and author of three books on innovation, the Creative Bootcamp promises to propel participants into the new worlds of the future.

Tartakovsky will presenting the Italian premier of footage from Hotel Transylvania, and share his experience directing this CG feature, his first, for Sony Pictures Animation. Tartakovsky has received 12 Emmy nominations and won three Emmys for his work in broadcast television, and in 2007, he received the Annie Awards’ Winsor McCay Award.

Hotel Transylvania
Hotel Transylvania

Darnell will introduce Madagascar 3, the third film he has directed in the DreamWorks Animation series. The critically-acclaimed movie has now earned more than half a billion dollars at the box office. Walsh will present the European premiere of Partysaurus Rex, the Toy Story Toons short he directed for Pixar.

Also on hand will be key visual effects artists such as Oscar winner Paul Franklin talking about his work on The Dark Knight Rises; Jason Smith, associate visual effects supervisor at ILM, speaking about Avengers;  and Sony Pictures Imageworks animation supervisor David Schaub, to discuss The Amazing Spider-Man.

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

Others set to speak at the event include: Josh Holmes, creative director of HALO, who will premiere HALO 4; Rex Grignon, head of animation at DreamWorks Animation; Rob Bredow, CTO at Sony Pictures Imageworks; Chris Perry, founder of Bit Films, professor of media arts and sciences at Hampshire College, and a technical director for A Bug’s Life and Finding Nemo; Vander Caballero, creative director for Minority Independent Studio, and creator of the beutifully compelling PAPO Y YO; and video game evangelist Marco Mazzaglia.

In addition to the speakers, VIEW 2012 again offers its popular workshops geared toward professionals and aspiring professionals who want to perfect their craft.

Partysaurus Rex
Partysaurus Rex

Preceding the VIEW conference, the annual VIEWFest features a screening of Pixar’s Finding Nemo in stereo 3D, a compilation of Pixar shorts, and the European premiere of SIGGRAPH 2012’s Electronic Theater, and a selection of the best short films, visual effects excerpts, scientific visualizations, game cinematics and commercials.

“We are so fortunate to be able to bring such talented and highly-honored artists to Turin,” says conference director Maria Elena Gutierrez. “I am grateful so many people are willing to help us continue building the best digital technology conference in Italy. They inspire me. I know they will inspire all the professionals and aspiring professionals who attend. I cannot wait for this conference to begin.”

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VIEW Conference 2012
VIEW Conference 2012


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