|[July 14, 2014]
SIGGRAPH 2014 Production Sessions Feature Summer Blockbusters, Oscar Winner
CHICAGO --(Business Wire)--
SIGGRAPH 2014 will offer presentations on more than 15 of the biggest
current and upcoming studio productions, including "X-Men: Days of
Future Past," "Gravity," "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and "Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles." Production Sessions are hosted as part of the
Computer Animation Festival and will be held at the Vancouver Convention
Centre, 11-14 August.
"The Boxtrolls" (Focus Features) (c) 2014 Panelists: Brain McLean, Rapid Prototyping; Georgina Hayns, Creative Supervisor, Puppet Fabrication; Steve Emerson (News - Alert), Co-VFX Supervisor (Photo: Business Wire)
"The 2014 Production Session lineup is packed with powerful content and
truly showcases an amazing conglomerate of the best creative minds in
the business," noted Roy C. Anthony, SIGGRAPH 2014 Production Sessions
Chair from Christie Digital. "It's not often that industry professionals
and students alike can come together and learn from CG and VFX experts
of this caliber."
SIGGRAPH Production Sessions bring together the world's most elite and
talented computer graphics experts and creative geniuses and allow them
to explain their processes and techniques to a rapt audience of peers.
Following each presentation, conference attendees are given the
opportunity to ask questions as part of a live Q&A. As a bonus for 2014,
DreamWorks Animation will treat session attendees to a free screening of
its film "How to Train Your Dragon 2" on Wednesday night.
Production Sessions are available only to Full Conference and Select
Conference pass holders. Tickets can be purchased at s2014.SIGGRAPH.org
and start at $205 USD. For the full lineup of all 19 sessions, visit s2014.SIGGRAPH.org/attendees/production-sessions.
Highlights from SIGGRAPH 2014 Production Sessions:
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (Twentieth Century Fox)
"Twentieth Century Fox Presents the Visual Effects of 'X-Men: Days of
Panelists: Benoit Dubuc, Animation Supervisor, MPC; Lou Pecora, VFX
Supervisor, Digital Domain; Derek Spears, VFX Supervisor, Rhythm & Hues;
Adam Paschke, DFX Supervisor, Rising Sun Pictures
This year, the ultimate X-Men ensemble were brought together to fight a
war for the survival of the species across two time periods. With the
visual effects work lead by Production VFX Supervisor Richard Stammers,
X-Men Days of Future Past showcased some of the most spectacular effects
of the summer. Experts from MPC (Moving Picture Company), Digital
Domain, Rhythm & Hues and Rising Sun Pictures will illustrate the
approaches used to create a wide range of VFX work, from the creation of
the past and future Sentinels, to the epic RFK stadium and White House
destruction and the complexities of creating mutant powers for Magneto,
Colossus, Iceman, Quicksilver, Sunspot, Blink, Wolverine and Mystique.
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (Sony Pictures Imageworks)
"Unmask the Secrets Behind 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'"
Panelists: Jerome Chen, VFX Supervisor; David Schaub, Animation
Supervisor; David Smith (News - Alert), DFX Supervisor
Sony Pictures Imageworks created much of the visual effects for "The
Amazing Spider-Man 2," the sequel to the 2012 blocbuster directed by
Marc Webb. The VFX team was challenged with the introduction of new
villains, extensive digital environments and CG animation. Join Sony
Pictures Imageworks visual effects leads for an inside look at this
GRAVITY (Warner Bros. Pictures)
"Making 'Gravity' at Framestore"
Panelists: Tim Webber, Overall VFX Supervisor; Chris Lawrence,
Framestore CG Supervisor; Martin Preston, Framestore Head of R&D
This talk describes Framestore's work on "Gravity," including the
involvement in the pre-production, filming and post production of the
FEAST (Walt Disney (News - Alert) Animation Studios)
"'Feast' - A Look at Walk Disney Animation Studios' Newest Short"
Panelists: Patrick Osborne, Head of Animation, "Paperman"; Josh Staub,
Join Walt Disney Animation Studios filmmakers, including director
Patrick Osborne (Head of Animation, Oscar-winning short "Paperman"), for
a screening and presentation of the short "Feast."
THE LEGO MOVIE (Warner Bros. Pictures in association with Village
"Building Blocks for 'The LEGO Movie'"
Panelists: Damien Grey, CG Supervisor; Rob Coleman, Head of Animation;
Aidan Sarsfield, CG Supervisor; Daniel Heckenberg, R&D Lead
"The LEGO Movie" is a CG animated feature film set in a world made
entirely of Lego bricks. It was critical to the filmmakers that this
world maintain a highly realistic connection to the look and feel of
What resulted was a unique, photo-realistic, stop motion aesthetic and
animation style, with everything on screen including the characters,
sets, oceans and explosions being built and realized with accurate CG
Essential to the story was the dynamic construction (and destruction!)
of any of these elements into component bricks. And with a desire to
echo the creative possibilities of Lego itself, Animal Logic's team of
"masterbuilders" built a comprehensive Lego toolset that ensured artists
could access and manipulate individual bricks, or the bricks within any
asset, to create unique and spontaneous additions to the content of a
shot. The results were often unscripted and highly entertaining.
Making a CG feature is complex at the best of times, but making a CG
feature constructed entirely from bricks was a new and exciting
challenge. It resulted in something quite different from conventional
THE BOXTROLLS (Focus Features)
"Puppets, Printing and Compositing: A Unique Collaboration in LAIKA's
Panelists: Brain McLean, Rapid Prototyping; Georgina Hayns, Creative
Supervisor, Puppet Fabrication; Steve Emerson, Co-VFX Supervisor
From inspiration to Oscar noms, Oregon-based LAIKA has garnered global
acclaim for its unprecedented fusion of stop-motion and computer
graphics within each feature film. The studio's environment embraces the
hybrid of artistic puppet performance and stunning visual effects
enhancements. Georgina Hayns (Creative Supervisor, Puppet Fabrication),
Brian McLean (Director of Rapid Prototype) and Steve Emerson (Co-VFX
Supervisor) will discuss their interdepartmental relationships on the
upcoming feature "The Boxtrolls" (in theaters September 26). They will
also address the challenges, solutions -- and learnings -- that led to
the success of LAIKA's first two Oscar-nominated films: "Coraline"
(2009) and "ParaNorman" (2012).
About SIGGRAPH 2014
2014 will bring thousands of computer graphics and interactive
technology professionals from five continents to Vancouver, Canada for
the industry's most respected technical and creative programs focusing
on research, science, art, animation, music, gaming, interactivity,
education, and the web from Sunday, 10 August through Thursday, 14
August 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. SIGGRAPH 2014 includes a
three-day exhibition of products and services from the computer graphics
and interactive marketplace from 12-14 August 2014. More details are
available at the SIGGRAPH 2014 website or on Facebook
About ACM SIGGRAPH
Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques
is an interdisciplinary community interested in research, technology,
and applications in computer graphics and interactive techniques.
Members include researchers, developers, and users from the technical,
academic, business, and art communities. ACM SIGGRAPH enriches the
computer graphics and interactive techniques community year-round
through its conferences, global network of professional and student
chapters, publications, and educational activities.
the Association for Computing Machinery is the world's largest
educational and scientific computing society, uniting educators,
researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources, and
address the field's challenges. ACM strengthens the computing
profession's collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of
the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM
supports the professional growth of its members by providing
opportunities for lifelong learning, career development, and
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