VES Production Summit '09

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Shifting The Paradigm:
A collaborative conversation on production, technology and business in the 21st century.

 

If you are an active and interested member of the production community, we encourage you to join us for an inspiring day of collaborative conversation.

Recognizing the interconnected nature of the production community, and the to need convene as a group to discuss the present and future of our industry, the visual effects society is organizing this inaugural Production Summit. Necessitated by a quickly-evolving world economy, lightning-speed changes in technologies, this Summit convenes members of the production crafts in an effort to create a new, interactive production paradigm.

This day brings the numerous changes to the forefront, presenting a unique opportunity and a novel format to discuss production, technology and international business. Conversations among peers will clarify the process of production and, in an effort to open communication, will examine our industry from a common perspective designed to create guideposts toward the future.. 

The sessions are comprised of accomplished local and international industry contributors -- directors, producers, art directors, cinematographers, editors, post production supervisors and visual effects practitioners -- dedicated to both their own businesses, and the health of the larger production community. In a day that exchanges presentations for conversations, session speakers and attendees will be seated at semicircular tables, to encourage discussion and interaction. 

Emphasizing the theme of shifting the paradigm to create our future, our keynote speaker, Dr. Eric Haseltine -- former head of Walt Disney Imagineering and a technology futurist -- lends a unique perspective.

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Summit '09 Sponsors

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Media Partners

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Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey Entry

 

Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey

4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, California 90292

USA

Phone:  (310) 823-1700
Fax:  (310) 823-2403

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Agenda

7:30-8:30 - Meet, Greet, Light Breakfast & Register

 

Session 1

8:30-11:30 - Through the Kaleidoscope: Three interactive one-hour sessions deliver a multifaceted examination of pre-production, production and post production

Every component in the production process affects every other, creating an intricate, complex structure. In a vital format designed  to stimulate conversation among our speakers, this three-part session brings together creatives to explore every facet of making a feature, from the first idea to the final render.

Directors, art directors, producers, cinematographers, editors, visual effects supervisors and  other members of the various crafts discuss the overlaps, gaps, cooperation and collaboration essential to the process.

Pre Production Component

Moderator:

  • Jeffrey A. Okun, Visual Effects Supervisor / Chairman – VES
  • Grant Curtis, Producer

Panelists:

  • Victoria Alonso, Executive Vice President of Visual Effects & Post Production - Marvel Studios
  • Dion Bebee, ASC, Cinematographer
  • James Bissell, Production Designer
  • Art Repola, Executive Vice President, Visual Effects and Production Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
  • Marc Weigert, Producer and Visual Effects Supervisor

Production Component

Panelists:

  • Thad Beier, Head of CG, Digital Domain
  • Terry Clotiaux, Prime Focus Senior VP, Senior Executive Producer, Film VFX, North America
  • Volker Engel, Producer and Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Catherine Hardwicke, Director
  • John Scheele, Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Paul Martin Smith, Editor

Post Production Component

Panelists:

  • Eric Barba, Visual Effects Supervisor, Digital Domain
  • Dennis Hoffman, Senior Vice President and General Manager - CIS Vancouver
  • Steven Poster, ASC, Director of Photography, President – International Cinematographers Guild
  • Alan Silvers, New Business Development, Lowry Digital

Featured Speaker

11:45-12:30 - Dr. Eric Haseltine - An alternate world view

 

Eric Haseltine offers a view from the crow's nest, a vision of what's on the horizon and over the horizon, from two perspectives: Navigation - where we need to be going and Steering - how do we get there?

Eric is a Technology Futurist who was the former head of Walt Disney Imagineering and former CTO of the U.S intelligence community. A 'psycho-ecologist' as he calls himself, with a Ph.D in physiological psychology, Eric applies neuroscience to new technologies, using how the human brain naturally wants to interact with technology to improve performance.

Eric Haseltine is President and Managing Partner, Haseltine Partners LLC. He was Director of Research at the National Security Agency and then CTO for the entire U.S. Intelligence community under the Director of National Intelligence.

Before entering government service, Eric was Executive Vice President of Walt Disney Imagineering, in charge of R&D for Walt Disney Company, and Director of Engineering for Hughes Aircraft.

Eric has 15 patents in optics, special effects and electronic media, and more than 100 publications in science and technical journals, the Web and Discover Magazine.


Lunch

12:45-1:45 - Conversations and Collaborations by the boats

 

Session 2

2:00-3:30 -X-Ray: Decoding and Thriving in the 21st Century Post-Production Pipeline

 

Our industry has evolved into a stew of multiple file formats, color space issues, incompatible pipelines, and content designed for everything from an iPhone to IMAX. Add 3D stereo to the mix, then try archiving all your data, and what do you have?   A post-production environment that looks more like sorcery than the last step of a well-organized process.

This vital session addresses how studios, colorists, visual effects supervisors, and post-production supervisors can work collaboratively to triumph over the challenges moving their projects to release effectively while maintaining their sanity.

Moderator:

  • Richard Hollander, Producer, Pixar Animation Studios

Panelists:

  • Steve Beres, Director of Engineering for nextLAB, a division of FotoKem, Inc.
  • Fred Chandler, Executive VP Post Production, 20th Century Fox
  • Ben Grossmann, Visual Effects Supervisor, CafeFX/The Syndicate
  • Daryn Okada, ASC, Cinematographer
  • Steve Scott, Vice President, Creative Director / Colorist, E-Film

Session 3

3:45-5:15 - Hot, Flat and (getting) Crowded: The Business of Production and the new Global Economy

 

As our world continues to shrink, businesses must adjust to the challenges of a universal economy. This session brings together business leaders from around the industry and around the world to engage in a discussion of the cultural, technological, ethical and economic issues that both stimulate and impede our progress.

Moderator:

  • David S. Cohen, Variety

Panelists:

  • Jeff Barnes, CEO & Co-Founder, CafeFX/The Syndicate/Sententia Entertainment
  • Lee Berger, President, Film Division, Rhythm & Hues Studios
  • Colin Brown, British Film Commissioner, UK Film Counci
  • Chris DeFaria, Executive Vice President, Digital Production, Animation and Visual Effects, Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Anshul Doshi, Global COO, Prime Focus Group

5:30 til ... - Ritzy Cocktails: Mix, Mingle and Shmooze…

 

Victoria Alonso

Victoria Alonso

Executive Vice President of Visual Effects & Post Production - Marvel Studios

 

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Eric Barba

Eric Barba

Visual Effects Supervisor, Digital Domain

 

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Jeff Barnes

Jeff Barnes

Co-Founder & Executive Producer, CafeFX

 

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Dion Beebe

Dion Bebee, ASC

Cinematographer

 

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Thaddeus Beier

Thaddeus Beier

Head of CG, Digital Domain

 

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Steve Beres

Steve Beres

Director of Engineering for nextLAB, a division of FotoKem, Inc.

 

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Lee Berger

Lee Berger

President, Film Division – Rhythm & Hues Studios

 

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Jim Bissell

Jim Bissell

Production Designer

 

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Colin Brown

Colin Brown

British Film Commissioner, UK Film Council

 

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Fred Chandler

Fred Chandler

Executive VP Post Production, 20th Century Fox

 

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Terry Clotiaux

Terry Clotiaux

Senior Vice President / COO, Visual Effects Worldwide for Prime Focus Group, and Senior Executive Producer for North America

 

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David S. Cohen

David S Cohen

Reporter, Variety

 

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Chris de Faria

Chris de Faria

Executive Vice President, Digital Production, Animation and Visual Effects, Warner Bros. Pictures

 

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Anshul Doshi

Anshul Doshi

Global COO, Prime Focus Group

 

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Volker Engel

Volker Engel

Producer and Visual Effects Supervisor, President of Uncharted Territory, LLC

 

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Ben Grossman

Ben Grossmann

Visual Effects Supervisor, CafeFX/The Syndicate

 

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Catherine Hardwicke

Catherine Hardwicke

Writer / Director

 

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Eric Haseltine

Dr. Eric Haseltine - Featured Speaker

President and Managing Partner, Haseltine Partners LLC

 

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Dennis Hoffman

Dennis Hoffman

Senior Vice President and General Manager - CIS Vancouver

 

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Richard Hollander

Richard Hollander

Producer, Pixar Animation Studios

 

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Randy Lake

Randy Lake

Executive Vice President and General Manager, Sony Pictures Imageworks

 

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Paul Martin Smith

Paul Martin Smith

Visual Effects Editor

 

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Daryn Okada

Daryn Okada

Director of Photography, ASC

 

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Jeffrey A. Okun

Jeffrey A. Okun - Moderator

Visual Effects Supervisor / Chairman – VES

 

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Richard Pearson

Richard Pearson

Editor

 

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Steven Poster

Steven Poster, ASC

Director of Photography, President – International Cinematographers Guild

 

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Art Repola

Art Repola

Executive Vice President, Visual Effects and Production
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

 

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Steve Scott

Steve Scott

Vice President / Creative Director, EFILM

 

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Alan Silvers

Alan Silvers

New Business Development, Lowry Digital

 

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Marc Weigert

Marc Weigert

Producer and Visual Effects Supervisor, CEO of Uncharted Territory, LLC

 

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