Panel to ponder "Where Do We Go From Here?"
Wondering about what becomes of the familiar arts and crafts of moviemaking as digital production, performance capture and 3D become more ubiquitous? The Motion Picture Academy will present a look at the future of movies, “Where Do We Go From Here?,” Thursday night at the Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Hyphenate Jerry Zucker will host. Speakers include production designer and 5D founder Alex McDowell, immersive art and entertainment expert Ed Lantz, neuroscientist Eric Haseltine and transmedia storytelling expert Jordan Weisman.Cinesite helped “Hallows” Cinesite is now able to disclose its contributions to the vfx on “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.” Company did the nose replacement on 46 shots of Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort, the “Patronus doe” and shots of Michael Gambon as Dumbledore. … 3D technology company XPand has launched a call center for tech support on its products. The center will be open 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday. … MasterImage 3D has tapped former NVIDIA VP Roy Taylor as executive vice president-general manager, 3D display. He will lead company’s efforts to encourage consumer adoption of glasses-free 3D devices. MasterImage has autostereoscopic technology that works on screens up to 20″. … The 3D@Home Consortium has launched 3DUniversity.net, a website to give consumers unbiased information on 3D gear and content and to debunk 3D myths … BSAT Labs subsidiary Baruch Prods. is developing its first feature film “Martian Migration — 3D” (working title). Company hopes to start production on the sci-fier next year. BSAT is a 2D-to-3D conversion company based in Illinois. … Supervising sound editor Mark Stoeckinger of Soundelux recently completed work on “Unstoppable.” … Panasonic is selling a low-cost multiformat HD/SD digital AV mixer, the AG-HMX100, which it is calling the first affordable live switcher for 3D use. … RED has announced two upcoming REDucation classes: RED Tech and RED Post, Dec. 7-11; and Shooting 3D With RED Technology, Dec. 12, at RED Studios Hollywood. … NVIDIA has expanded its pro graphics solution to the Apple Macintosh with the Quadro 4000 GPU for Mac. … Character designer-concept artists Neville Page (“Avatar”) and Ian Joyner will speak to a meeting of the ZBrush User Group Saturday at Los Angeles Film School. … U.K.-based TV production company Skyworks, a leader in aerial HD shooting, has made over 60,000 clips available through the Footage.net stock/archival footage search engine. … Wisdom Audio has introduced the Wisdom Series of modular speakers for home theater, post-production facilities and screening rooms.