Organizers of the 17th VIEW Conference, taking place October 24-28 in Turin, Italy, have unveiled the full lineup of speakers, presentations, workshops and more. This year’s edition, being held in the Torinoincontra center, will feature an exploration of the new virtual reality frontier as well as a first-ever videogame investment pitch event.
Leading into the Conference will be the annual VIEWFest animated film showcase, taking place Oct. 21-23 in the landmark Cinema Massimo. The program of screenings and talks will include the Italian premiere of LAIKA’s Kubo and the Two Strings presented by VFX supervisor Steve Emerson; the Italian premiere of the SIGGRAPH 2016 Traveling Electronic Theater presented by Jason RM Smith; and much-buzzed-about shorts including Pixar’s Piper, Patrick Osborne’s Pearl for Google Spotlight Stories, and Baobab’s VR shot Invasion!
This year’s VIEW Conference keynote addresses will be delivered by Zootopia director Byron Howard and producer Brad Lewis, presenting Storks. Also presenting keynote addresses will be Conrad Vernon, director of Sausage Party; Victoria Alonso, VP at Marvel Studios; Roger Guyett, VFX Supervisor for Star Wars: The Force Awakens; and Cornell University CG professor Dr. Donald Greenberg, who will speak on virtual reality.
Feature animation and VFX professionals speaking at the Conference include Audrey Ferrara from MPC, presenting The Jungle Book; LAIKA VFX Supervisor Steve Emerson and screenwriter Marc Haimes for Kubo; Pixar DP Sharon Calahan will give a The Good Dinosaur talk and workshop; and Pixar’s John Halstead will introduce Finding Dory’s remarkable CG septopus Hank to attendees.
In addition to Dr. Greenberg, Baobab Studios CEO and Co-founder Maureen Fan (Invasion!), Lucasfilm CTO Rob Bredow (ILMxLAB), Google VR designer Brian Pullen (Daydream mobile VR platform), Nexus EP Luke Youngman and director Felix Massie (Google Spotlight Stories), Production Designer Tuna Bora (Pearl) and MIT Media Lab researcher Pratik Shah will discuss the virtual reality tidal wave sweeping the globe.
Covering further corners of the industry will be speakers David Freiss (director, Open Season: Scared Silly), Ryan Tudhope (VFX supe, Deadpool), Troy Saliba (animation supe, Alice Through the Looking Glass), Josh Holmes (Creative Director, 343 Industries), Chris Perry (filmmaker and assoc. Professor, Hampshire College), Adam Gazzaley and Matt Omernick (Akili), Daryl Anselmo (art director, Zynga), Adam Orth (creative director, Three One Zero), Siobhan Reddy (studio director, Media Molecule), Adam Volker (creative director, Moonbot Studios), Daniel Fountain (puzzle designer, State of Play) and others.
Keynote speakers Byron Howard, Conrad Vernon and Dr. Greenberg are among the pros offering workshops, as are Sharon Calahan (storytelling with light), David Feiss (storyboarding) and Troy Saliba (animation posing and composition). J.C. Cornwell will offer portfolio reviews, and Alex Williams, head of animation at Escape Studios, will lead a “3D Animation Taster.”