WHAT: Festival Of Visual Effects 2006 – Now in its 8th year, the Visual Effects Society once more presents a three-day extravaganza for the VFX community and its next generation. Summer blockbusters such as “Superman Returns,” “Cars,” and television fan favorite “Smallville” will all be the subjects of presentations. The Festival will also include speakers, workshops and panel discussions to showcase cutting-edge technological advances, historical achievements, strategic planning and forecasting for the future of visual effects in film, television, and animation. New elements added this year include a showcase of international, experimental, animated and student film works and the “Festival Courtyard” featuring VFX and entertainment industry vendors, special displays, raffles and the Hospitality Tent (See Program Descriptions for more details).
WHERE: The Egyptian Theatre, featuring The Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre (616 seats) and the Steven Spielberg Theatre (78 seats) is located between Las Palmas and McCadden, just east of Highland Avenue in Hollywood.
WHEN: Thursday, July 6th – Saturday, July 8th (See Program Descriptions for schedule).
WHO: Academy Award winners Dennis Muren, John Myhre, Robert Skotak, and Mark Stetson and 50+ internationally acclaimed entertainment veterans will enlighten the estimated 3,000+ attendees, comprised of working VFX professionals (60%), VFX/film students (30%) and program fans (10%).
Check out some of the scheduled events:
The Challenges of Creating “X-Men The Last Stand”
The VFX team on the latest entry in the "X-Men" franchise discusses the challenges of working on a tight schedule and with various VFX houses on three different continents. Topics to be covered are: "Xavier/Magneto Rejuvenation," "Xavier/Jean Showdown," "Golden Gate Bridge," "Kitty/Juggernaut Chase," and the "Dark Phoenix Ending."
A Look Back at “Aliens” – 20 Years Later
"Is this gonna’ be a stand up fight or a bug hunt?" In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the release of the science fiction action classic “Aliens,” this retrospective panel will look back at the ground breaking visual effects and animatronic creations for the James Cameron sequel to Ridley Scott's “Alien.” The unique look and style of the film's creations are even more astonishing when you consider the limited budget and resources the artists were given. Undaunted, Cameron's team created some of the most startling imagery seen in a genre film in the last 20 years. The visual effects team, headed by Robert and Dennis Skotak and creature supervisor Stan Winston received an Academy Award for their work on the film in 1987.
Life in the Fast Lane: The Animated World of “Cars”
After taking moviegoers into the realms of toys, bugs, monsters, fish and superheroes, the masterful storytellers and technical wizards at Pixar Animation Studios and director John Lasseter hit the road with a fast-paced comedy adventure set inside the world of cars. Come hear how the team blended together plenty of humor, action, heartfelt drama, and amazing new technical feats.
Panelists: The Pixar Team
Creating Super Effects on a TV Budget: It’s a Big Job at “Smallville”
With over 100 episodes aired over 5 seasons, the Warner Bros. television series "Smallville" has achieved a remarkably mature status for an episodic drama based on the teenage adventures of Clark Kent, before he assumes the alter ego of Superman. During the past four seasons, Entity FX created the visual effects that, in a large part, drive the show. Join the producers of "Smallville" and the staff of Entity as they explain and demonstrate what makes visual effects production of a weekly network series a unique challenge. The panel will focus on how the Entity team spurred a creative evolution by developing an economical production strategy and how that strategy helped to overcome the artistic, budget and time limitations common to television production.
Bringing a Super Hero Back to Life: “Superman Returns”
Sponsored by Digital Sandbox & Hollywood DI
Academy Award Winning VFX Supervisor Mark Stetson and his VFX team will discuss how they used modern techniques to bring this cultural icon back to life. With multiple VFX vendors and budgetary concerns the challenges included not only how to make a man fly again but how to create a movie that will soar above this year’s summer blockbuster competition.
Special Advance Screening of “Monster House”
For Pass and Invitation Holders Only
The team behind “The Polar Express” have created another hybrid animated thrill-ride utilizing performance capture techniques about three kids who battle a mysterious house. Directed by Gil Kenan, the film is produced by Zemeckis's ImageMovers and Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment with animation by Sony Pictures Imageworks. The voice cast includes Steve Buscemi, Nick Cannon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kevin James, Jason Lee, Catherine O'Hara, Kathleen Turner, and Fred Willard.