Animation, VFX Pros Set for 2015 View Conference on Digital Media Trends

The Little Prince” director Mark Osborne, Skywalker Sound’s Randy Thom, “The Book of Life” helmer Jorge Gutierrez and Emmy-winning director Shannon Tindle (“Go Goo Go”) are the keynote speakers at the 16th annual View Conference slated for Oct. 19-23 in Turin, Italy. The confab brings together professionals for the latest trends in computer graphics, interactive techniques, digital cinema, 2D and 3D animation, gaming and visual effects.

Osborne will speak on “The Challenges of Adapting a Beloved Classic,” taking View attendees on a tour of the creative techniques used to create “The Little Prince,” an adaptation of the French literary masterpiece.

Thom will discuss “Teaching the Camera to Listen: From ‘Apocalypse Now’ to ‘The Peanuts Movie.’” He’ll talk about how sound and visuals can enchance each other. Of the fest, Thom said, “Mixing the finest media artists on the planet with fresh Northern Italian white truffles, aged Barolo and Nebbiolo, and the ambiance in Turin ensures that the View Conference this year is going to be delicious.”

Gutierrez will discuss his 25-year career in animation, from his 2001 Emmy Award-winning student film “Carmelo” to his 2014 Golden Globe-nominated animated feature “The Book of Life,” in a talk entitled “Every Picture Tells a Story.”

Tindle will offer a glimpse into his latest work, a Google Spotlight Story called “On Ice.”

Other featured speakers are Blue Sky Studios supervising animator Scott Carroll (“The Peanuts Movie”); Pixar director of photography Kim White (“Inside Out”); “Shaun the Sheep” writer and co-director Richard Starzak and producer Paul Kewley; Sony Pictures Animation production designer Michael Kurinsky (“Hotel Transylvania 2”); VFX supervisor Christopher Townsend (“Avengers: Age of Ultron”); Sony Pictures Imageworks’ VFX supervisor Daniel Kramer; VFX pro Erik Nash; computer animation and videogame veteran Glenn Entis; author and comedian David Misch; Michael Rubin of Creative Technologies with Adobe Systems; and SeeSpace co-founder Dale Herigstad.

“We are honored and thrilled to be welcoming so many world class creatives to Turin for this year’s View. Their presence will inspire our audience to learn about the newest techniques and trends concerning all areas of the digital arts,” said View Conference director Maria Elena Gutierrez.

In addition to the confab, the View Conference is also sponsoring the ViewFest Film Festival, which will be held Oct. 16-18. The deadline to submit work for the View award is Sept. 15. A $2,000 prize is awarded to the best short, best design, best character and best digital effects. Animated 2D and 3D animated shorts made within the last two years are eligible.

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