A VIEW conference primer

img_6042I’ll soon be in Turin, Italy for the VIEW Conference – hope to catch up with people there – it starts on 24 October. Please come say hi! And it’s not too late to get tickets, either.

Getting to Turin is easy, there’s flights from all over Europe and also of course from Rome. I’ll be coming all the way from Sydney.

If you’re looking for a quick guide to what to see, here’s some highlights in VFX, animation and VR – just writing these up has made me realise again how BIG the names are.

Animation at VIEW

DreamWorks on Trolls with the directors of the movie. Disney on Zootopia with the director of the movie. And Sausage Party’s director, too. Holy freakin’ cow. Plus there are talks on Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur and Finding Dory, more on Kubo and the Two Strings from LAIKA and the producer of Warner Bros’ Storks. And Sony Pictures Animation on their Open Season short and Moonbot Studios will be there too. That’s a lot of animation firepower.


Rob Legato on The Jungle Book, ILM’s Roger Guyett with The Force Awakens, ILM’s Russell Earl with Civil War, Steve Emerson from Laika on Kubo. And that’s only a couple of the VFX-related presentations.¬†There’s also more from MPC about The Jungle Book, Atomic Fiction on Deadpool and Imageworks on Alice Through the Looking Glass. Plus Marvel’s Victoria Alonso is going to be there to discuss their pipeline – that is a huge deal.


Not to be outdone by VFX and animation presentations, VR is big at VIEW. There’s ILMxLAB, Baobab Studios, Google, Nexus and more. Donald Greenberg,
Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Computer Graphics at Cornell University, is also delivering a keynote on VR.


OK, so they are the big things at VIEW (not to mention workshops, stuff on games, the recruitment sessions and the VIEW Awards). So should you make a last minute plan to go? I’d highly recommend it. Last year, VIEW was one of most intimate conferences I attended, which means you really do get in-depth presentations and then access to the speakers and other industry people. That’s pretty rare.

Have another final look at the program and decide for yourself.