Torino, Italy – VIEW Conference 2021, the 22nd edition of Italy’s premiere animation, VFX, and computer graphics conference, is thrilled to unveil its full program of events for 2021.
VIEW Conference 2021 and the accompanying VIEWFest film festival takes place from October 17 to 22, in the beautiful city of Torino, Italy, with online access opening up the entire week of events to a global audience of industry professionals, students, and enthusiasts. With 252 speakers and 161 talks, panels, workshops, masterclasses, and inspiring keynote speeches.
This year’s special guests include Sir Roger Deakins, Oscar-Winning cinematographer and recipient of the VIEW Visionary Award 2021, plus keynote speakers Tom McGrath (Madagascar, The Boss Baby: Family Business), Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life, Maya and the Three), Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells, Wolfwalkers).
VIEW Conference is also proud to present Badass Women Production Designers, a panel featuring Daniela Strijleva (Luca), Lindsey Olivares (The Mitchells vs. The Machines), Kendal Cronkhite (Trolls World Tour), Celine Desrumaux (The Witch Boy), and Shannon Jeffries (Under the Boardwalk). Additional panels explore the role of women in production and the challenges of educating the next generation of women artists.
Acclaimed filmmakers dominate this year’s list of speakers, who not only give illuminating talks on their latest projects but also lead lively panels alongside their complete creative teams. The films under discussion include recent hit animated features such as Luca, Vivo, Raya, and The Last Dragon, The Boss Baby: Family Business, The Mitchells vs. The Machines, Space Jam 2, and The Addams Family 2, as well as the Netflix animated feature The Summit of the Gods and DreamWorks Animation’s Spirit Untamed, directed by VIEW Conference speaker Elaine Bogan. Extending the debate, filmmakers Peter Ramsey (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, We the People) and Shannon Tindle (Kubo and the Two Strings) lead a special panel The Art of Animation: A Director's Perspective.
Alongside its focus on feature films, VIEW Conference delves into the latest episodic series, with Love, Death + Robots creator Tim Miller and supervising director Jennifer Yuh Nelson joining their colleagues for a panel on the acclaimed sci-fi anthology series from Netflix. The creative team from Marvel Studios discusses the new animated superhero series What If…?, while other presentations reveal the stunning visual effects secrets of the Emmy Award-winning The Mandalorian and Marvel Studios’ WandaVision.
Exploring more deeply the world of visual effects, VIEW Conference presents a pair of panels with the shared title The Future of VFX, featuring leading VFX supervisors including Roger Guyett, Paul Franklin, Rob Legato, Sheena Duggal, and Christopher Townsend. Industrial Light & Magic’s chief creative officer Rob Bredow gives a presentation on the company’s innovative StageCraft technology, with yet more talks lifting the curtain on recent blockbusters such as Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Disney’s Jungle Cruise, and Christopher Nolan’s cerebral thriller Tenet, plus Weta Digital visual effects supervisor Guy Williams talking about The Suicide Squad.
Other workshops cover a wealth of creative disciplines, including worldbuilding and art direction, and a 6-hour hands-on session with Luca character art director Deanna Marsigliese entitled Collaging Life (seats limited). Portfolio reviews by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Mark Osborne provide students with invaluable feedback on their work.