Byron Howard, co-director of Disney Animation’s hit “Zootopia,” will be among the keynote speakers at View Conference 2016, the computer graphics and digital media confab in Turin, Italy, set to begin on Oct. 24. Howard will discuss the five-year journey of artistry, research and technology the Disney team went on to create the vast world of the film in a talk called “Evolving ‘Zootopia.’” He will also lead a workshop on creating appealing characters for animation entitled “The DNA of Disney Character Design.”
Other keynote speakers include producer Brad Lewis, who will talk about his upcoming Warner Animation Group film “Storks,” and Cornell University professor Donald Greenberg, a computer graphics expert who will discuss “Virtual Reality, What’s Necessary to Make It Real?” He will also host a workshop called “Visual Imaging in the Electronic Age.”
Other industry professionals giving talks or hosting workshops at the conference include Sharon Calahan, director of photography on Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur”; Marc Haimes, screenwriter on Laika’s “Kubo and the Two Strings”; and John Halstead, supervising technical director on Pixar’s “Finding Dory.”
The View Conference is also currently accepting submissions for its View Awards, for animated shorts or video games created in 2015 and 2016. Prizes will be awarded in five categories: the View award, for short films with 2D or 3D animation or visual effects; View Social Contest for short films, music clips or commercials with 2D or 3D animation that focus on social issues; the View Game Award; the VIEWTube Video Award for 2016 for YouTube videos about recycling; and Italianmix for short films with Italian themes. Deadline for submissions is Sept. 15.