18th ANNUAL VFX / COMPUTER GRAPHICS / GAMES EVENT ‘VIEW CONFERENCE’ October 23-27, 2017 – Turin, Italy
#VIEWCONFERENCE2017 has announced that four-time Oscar winner Joe Letteri, Oscar winner John Nelson, two-time Oscar winner Bill Westenhofer, and one-time Oscar winner Martin Hill will join the roster of more than 25 top industry professionals already confirmed for the renowned Computer Graphics Conference.
Weta Digital Senior VFX Supervisor Joe Letteri will present the evolution of visual effects technology and artistry behind War for the Planet of the Apes, the final film in the trilogy.
John Nelson will share the visual effects work on the highly anticipated film Blade Runner 2049, scheduled for release October 6.
Bill Westenhofer brings Wonder Woman, this summer’s critically acclaimed, surprise superhero blockbuster.
And also recently announced is Martin Hill, a SciTech award winner, who supervised Weta Digital’s visual effects work on Luc Besson’s visually complex and beautiful Valerian.
These Visual Effects Supervisors will join a deep slate of speakers scheduled to present at VIEW 2017. Already confirmed for keynote presentations are legendary World of Warcraft game designer Rob Pardo, CEO of Bonfire Studios; and Baobab Studios Chief Creative Director Eric Darnell, known for co-directing and co-writing all four DreamWorks Animation Madagascar films with Tom McGrath, as well as directing Antz.
“But you know, VIEW is special not just because we bring so many amazing people to Torino, it’s because of the collaboration we see among our speakers and our attendees,” Dr. Gutierrez says. “VIEW has become not only a place where ideas are presented. It’s a time and place where ideas are incubated.”
Each year, the meticulously curated conference brings together top talent in the fields of virtual reality, animation, game development, and research for a sizzling week of workshops, presentations, master classes, awards, panels, and keynote addresses.
Adding to the VFX program are Oscar nominee Christopher Townsend, the overall VFX supervisor for Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2; Oscar winner Hal Hickel, the animation director for Rogue One; Mike Ford, VFX Supervisor for Smurfs: The Lost Village; and Victor Perez, VFX Supervisor for Gabriele Salvatores Invisible Boy 2.
In addition to keynote speaker Eric Darnell, who co-founded Baobab Studios to explore animation in virtual reality, other VR artists and practitioners coming to VIEW 2017 include Phil Chen, co-founder of HTC Vive; SciTech Award winner Paul Debevec, a senior staff engineer at Google VR; Vicki Dobbs Beck, executive in charge of ILM’s XLab; Maureen Fan CEO of Baobab Studios; Larry Cutler, CTO at Baobab, Shannon Tindle, director of the Google Spotlight Story “On Ice;” Eloi Champagne, technical director for the National Film Board of Canada’s VR, Bernard Yee, executive producer and program manager for Oculus Game VR, and David Putrino, director of rehabilitation innovation at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai.
Animation aficionados will applaud the addition of speakers Kris Pearn who directed The Willoughbys, Kim White, Pixar’s lighting director on Pixar’s Cars 3, two-time Oscar nomineeRob Coleman, head of animation for theLego Batman Movie, two-time Oscar nominee Mark Osborne, director The Little Prince, Noelle Triaureau, production designer on Smurfs: The Lost Village, Carlos Zaragoza, production designer on The Emoji Movie, Cinzia Angelini, director of “Mila,” and Francesco Filippi, director of Mani Rosse, as well as legendary animator and acting teacher Ed Hooks.
President of Sony Pictures Imageworks Randy Lake will bring a celebration of the visual effects and animation studio’s 25th anniversary to VIEW. Since its founding, the studio has contributed imagery to more than 100 live-action and animation productions.
And, for aspiring game developers, the VIEW conference proudly announces a call for submissions for its second annual Games Development Boot Camp Accelerator Program, with applications due August 31. An international panel of judges will give six early-stage game companies the chance to be mentored for two weeks by industry experts and equity partners who invest in the industry or have a financial interest in the sector, with one week online and one week during the VIEW conference. At the end of the boot camp, they can pitch their project to potential investors. This exciting opportunity is open to console, mobile, social, casual, and online start-up game companies with no restriction on genre, platform, or distribution method, as well as to middle-ware, publishing and distribution companies.
“I’m so excited about the program this year,” Dr. Gutierrez says. “Each year, our VIEW family comes together to bring attendees something unique, something extraordinary. I can already tell that our speakers will make VIEW even more magical this year than ever before. Please join us in Torino! “
Registration is now open for VIEW’s spectacular 18thannual digital media event, which will run October 23 to 27 in beautiful Torino, Italy.
Deadline for Games Development Boot Camp Accelerator Program submissions is August 31.
Deadline for VIEW Awards submissions, which feature a 2000 Euro first prize for Best Short, is September 15.
The VIEW Conference’s popular awards competition recognizes animated short films and videogames created between January 1, 2015 and September 15, 2017.
The awards categories are:
BEST SHORT – category for those creating and animated short, music video or commercial using 2D/3D animation. The contest is open to students and professionals with a maximum length of 30 minutes. The best short will be evaluated based on design, environments and best character. First prize is 2,000 Euros.
SOCIAL CONTEST – a short video clip or commercial focusing on social themes. First prize is 500 Euros.
GAME CONTEST – an award recognizing the best gameplay, design and mechanics. First prize is 500 Euros.
ITALIANMIX – dedicated to the work of Italian artists, the work can be animated, experimental or documentary. Maximum length 30 minutes. First prize is 500 Euros.
The VIEW 2017 Conference is made possible with the support of Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione CRT, Piedmont Region, Turin’s Chamber of Commerce and the City of Turin, Twith.tv.
ABOUT VIEW CONFERENCE
The one-of-a-kind VIEW Conference brings together a wide slate of industry heavyweights in the fields of animation, visual effects, virtual reality, digital design and gaming. The event spans five remarkably diverse days, featuring talks, workshops, panel discussions, interactive sessions, awards and more, in an intimate conference like no other. It is presented to an expected audience of 6,000 professionals and students.
TURIN, Italy/HOLLYWOOD (June 02, 2017) – VIEW Conference 2017, Italy’s renowned computer graphics, digital media and games conference has officially opened registration for the show’s spectacular 18th annual event, which runs October 23-27, 2017 in Torino, Italy. The one-of-a-kind conference brings together a wide slate of industry heavyweights in the fields of animation, visual effects, virtual reality, digital design and gaming. Among those already confirmed for keynote presentations are legendary ‘World of Warcraft’ game designer Rob Pardo, CEO of Bonfire Studios, and Baobab Studios Chief Creative Director Eric Darnell, known for his acclaimed work, including co-directing and co-writing all four Dreamworks Animation Madagascar films with Tom McGrath, as well as directing Antz.
VIEW Conference has also announced the opening of submissions for the show’s highly competitive ‘VIEW Awards.’ Celebrating the best in animation and video games, each year this competition receives hundreds of entries, vying for recognition in four categories for animated short films or videogames.
VIEW Conference spans five remarkably diverse days, featuring talks, workshops, panel discussions, interactive sessions, awards and more, in an intimate conference like no other. It is presented to an expected audience of 6,000 professionals and students.
The initial list of industry professionals confirmed to present at VIEW Conference 2017 includes those below. Future announces will be held as this list builds in anticipation of the show.
Initial list of VIEW Conference 2017 Industry Speakers
Rob Pardo – CEO Bonfire Studios. Renowned videogame design career including ‘World of Warcraft,’– VIEW Keynote Speaker
Eric Darnell – Chief Creative Officer Baobab Studios who’s career includes co-directing & co-writing all DreamWorks’ Madagascar films and projects including ‘Invasion,’ Asteroids, ‘Rainbow Crow’ and more. – VIEW Keynote Speaker
Phil Chen – co-founder, HTC VIVE, Technology explorer and Investor, Managing Partner ‘Presence Capital’ VR/AR Venture Fund, partner Horizons Ventures investing in VR/AR/AI
David Putrino – Director of Rehabilitation Innovation Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Ph.D in Neuroscience, Director of Telemedicine and Virtual Rehabilitation Medicine at Weill-Cornell Medical College, He is also ‘The Chief Mad Scientist’ of Not Impossible Labs
Victor Perez – VFX Supervisor Gabriele Salvatores Invisible Boy sequel
Francesco Filippi , Director Mani Rosse (Red Hands), Studio Mistral
Ed Hooks, is a multi-faceted theatrical professional, respected as an actor, author and acting teacher. He will teach his complete Acting for Animators Master Class at VIEW Conferenc
BEST SHORT – category for those creating and animated short, music video or commercial using 2D/3D animation. The contest is open to students and professionals with a maximum length of 30 minutes. The best short will be evaluated based on design, environments and best character. First prize is 2,000 Euros. Submit your work
SOCIAL CONTEST – a short video clip or commercial focusing on social themes.
First prize is 500 Euros. Submit your work
GAME CONTEST – an award recognizing the best gameplay, design and mechanics.
First prize is 500 Euros. Submit your work
ITALIANMIX – dedicated to the work of Italian artists, the work can be animated, experimental or documentary. Maximum length 30 minutes. First prize is 500 Euros. Submit your work