More Animation Greats to Speak at VIEW Conference

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The 15th Annual VIEW computer graphics conference is scheduled to be held October 14th-17th, 2014 in Turin, Italy. More speakers and presentations have been announced for the conference and it looks like its going to be a great event.

As previously announced, Glen Keane will be giving a keynote address at the conference. Also giving a keynote will be Tom McGrath from DreamWorks Animation. Tom is the executive producer of the upcoming DreamWorks’ animated feature The Penguins of Madagascar (he is also the voice of Skipper in the film). He has directed multiple films for DreamWorks Animation, including all three Madagascar films and Megamind.

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Another keynote speaker at the conference will be artist, inventor, and entrepreneur Dr. Alvy Ray Smith, who is “one of the most important gurus in computer graphics.” Dr. Smith wrote one of the first computer painting programs ever and followed that with the very first 24-bit painting program. In 1986, he co-founded Pixar with Ed Catmull where he remained until 1991. After Pixar, Dr. Smith co-founded Altamira Software where he introduced the concept of image objects (“sprites”) to the personal computing world. When Microsoft acquired Altamira in 1994, Smith became Microsoft’s first graphics fellow. Currently, Dr. Smith is writing a book that he calls “a biography of the pixel.”

Walt Disney Animation Studios will be screening their new short film Feast at the conference, and will be giving a presentation about their upcoming animated feature Big Hero 6. Pixar Animation Studios will also be there to screen their new short Lava.

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Lots of other interesting events are planned for the conference, including presentations from filmmakers and artists from Sony Pictures Animation, Weta Digital, Industrial Light and Magic, and others.

For more information and to register, visit the VIEW Conference website.

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