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Check out the speaker line-up for VIEW Conference 2020

Monday, September 7th, 2020 | Posted by Jim Thacker

Italy’s VIEW Conference has begun announcing speakers for this year’s event, including a keynote by Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull, and sessions with the directors of many of the world’s biggest animated features.

The conference – one of the few CG industry events due to take place physically this year as well as online – also features talks by Game of Thrones VFX supervisor Stefen Fangmeier and VFX legend Phil Tippett.

A Who’s Who of the world of feature animation
Now in its 21st year, VIEW is one of Europe’s leading CG festivals, with a five-day program of talks, workshops and screenings, alongside its own animation awards, the VIEW Award.

Coronavirus restrictions permitting, it is one of the few CG industry events scheduled to take place physically in 2020, although it also has a new online component – about which, more later.

The keynote for the 2020 conference comes from Pixar co-founder – and former president of Walt Disney Animation Studios – Ed Catmull, while the speaker line-up is a real Who’s Who for the world of animation.

Directors already confirmed to speak at the event include Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s Peter Ramsey, The Willoughbys’ Kris Pearn, and Tomm Moore, writer and director of the Oscar-nominated Song of the Sea.

The conference should also provide sneak peeks at two of next year’s major animated features, with sessions from Joel Crawford, director of The Croods 2, and Kyle Balda, director of Minions: The Rise of Gru.

On the business side of the industry, Moana producer Osnat Shurer will be discussing her career and her current work as producer on Disney’s upcoming animated feature Raya and The Last Dragon.


Talks on VFX and game development, plus practical workshops and masterclasses
Outside feature animation, the latest speaker to be confirmed for the 2020 conference is Stefen Fangmeier, VFX supervisor for the epic final season of Game of Thrones.

He will be joined by his former ILM colleagues Roger Guyett, VFX supervisor for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Hal Hickel, animation supervisor for The Mandalorian, plus VFX industry legend Phil Tippett.

Speakers from the games industry include Nate Fox, Sucker Punch Productions’ creative director for Ghost of Tsushima, EA founder Trip Hawkins, and Milan Jovovic, co-founder of mobile developer Nordeus.

The event will also feature a range of panel discussions and masterclasses, while Jeremy Clapin, director of the critically acclaimed – and Oscar-nominated – I Lost My Body – will be running a workshop on his experiences of moving from animated shorts to full-length features.

The line-up will be confirmed nearer the time, so check the conference website for more details.


Free online preVIEW sessions with the conference’s headline speakers
But if you can’t make it to Turin in person, the conference organisers are also hosting a series of free preVIEW sessions with the key speakers in the run up to the live event.

Those featured so far include Peter Ramsey, Pixar’s Sharon Calahan and Bill Reeves, and Rob Bredow, CTO of Lucasfilm and Head of ILM. Follow the VIEW Conference on Twitter for details of upcoming sessions.

Dates and details
The VIEW Conference 2020 takes place in Turin, Italy, from 18-23 October 2020.

Light passes, which give access to standard talks, sessions and panels, cost €85 (around $100). Full conference passes cost €200 (around $240), and all-access passes €250 (around $300).

Prices exclude tax and Eventbrite fees. You can find more details here.

Read more about the 2020 VIEW Conference on the event website

See videos of the free preVIEW sessions on the conference’s YouTube channel

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