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There are now even more reasons to register for the VFX ride of the year.

As preparations for VIEW 2018, Italy’s largest digital media conference finalize into fine-tuning, Conference Director Dr. Maria Elena Gutierrez has announced some surprise, last-minute speakers, all set to present a seriously compelling list of workshops and masterclasses.

VIEW Conference will be showing the European premiere of SIGGRAPH’s 2018 Computer Animation Festival.  Director Carlos Baena will host the Italian premiere of La Noria during VIEW’s digital movie festival, VIEWFEST, happening as a prelude to the VIEW Conference, on 19-21 October.

Joining the list of previously announced speakers at VIEW 2018 are VFX Supervisor Thomas Hullin presenting Rodeo FX’s work on Game of Thrones, Rise Visual Effects’ Executive VFX Producer Florian Gellinger, showing that studio’s work on Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Weta Digital’s Head of R&D Paolo Emilio Selva discussing technology innovations at Weta Digital. In addition, Animation Director Troy Saliba and Digital Effects Supervisor Aharon Bourland from Double Negative will present their work on Venom.

Two previously unannounced events at VIEW include sessions for game developers on the Sunday prior to the conference and a panel featuring women in animation on the last day of the conference.

The October 21 sessions offer game developers keys to success: “Learn to Deliver a Perfect Business Pitch with Some of the Best Game Venture Capitalists”, and “Learn to Make a Business Pitch” with Glenn Entis, co-founder PDI, co-founder and senior advisor Vanedge Capital, former CEO DreamWorks Interactive, and former Senior Vice President of Electronic Arts.  Around about the time I’ll be landing in from Rome.  If I’m able, I’ll go straight there.

The special Women in Animation panel will feature Paramount Animation President Mireille Soria, Cartoon Saloon Creative Director Nora Twomey, Pixar Director of Photography Danielle Feinberg, and LAIKA Storyboard Artist Emanuela Cozzi.

In addition to talks by leading scholars, directors, artists, writers, and animators, VIEW offers workshops and masterclasses by many top professionals.

Recruitment is a big part of the studio presence at VIEW this year also. Below is a list of the companies and colleges in Turin looking for talent.  Be ready!

Aardman Animation, AATOAA, AnimationMentor, Art – King, Baobab, Cartoon Saloon, Cornell University, Disney, Double Negative, Electronic Arts, Escape Studios, Google, HBO, IJsfontein, Image Engine, Industrial Light & Magic, Laika, Mackevision, Magic Leap, Marvel Studios, Netflix, Nordeus, Paramount Animation, Pixar Animation Studios, Pixeltrain, Ready At Dawn, Rise Visual Effects Studio, Rodeo FX, RVX, SideFX, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sucker Punch Productions, Twentieth Century Fox, Unidentified Sound Object, Unity Technologies, Universal Pictures, WANT Musik, Warner Animation, and Weta Digital.

VIEW 2018 will also be held in the newly restored Officine Grandi Riparazioni (OGR), a late-19th Century industrial building that now houses a 20,000 square meter Innovation Hub and Arts Center.

VIEW 2018 workshops: 
“The Humor of Buster Keaton”: David Misch, producer, stand-up comedian and screenwriter;
“Visual Storytelling: All the Story Nuggets You Didn’t Know You Were Seeing”: Pixar’s Danielle Feinberg, director of photography for Coco at Pixar;
“Smallfoot: A Big Myth- Understanding Explained”: Karl Herbst, visual effects supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks;
“Making Characters Great Again:” Mike Ford, visual effects supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks;
“A Graphic Look at Animation Posing and Staging”: Troy Saliba, animation supervisor at Double Negative;

This year’s conference takes place from October 22 to 26.  Registration is now open.
I’ll be all over this event. Please come and say hi!

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Written by Paul Hellard

Freelance journalist. Also videographer, photographer, cyclist and lover of all things sustainable, creative and digital.

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