Sound Designer, Skywalker Sound, Winner of 7 Academy Awards: BRAVE, WAR HORSE, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, TOY STORY, A BUGS LIFE, FINDING NEMO, JURASSIC PARK
Gary Rydstrom has been nominated for 16 Academy Awards (seven wins), 12 Golden Reel Awards (five wins), 5 C.A.S Awards (two wins), and 5 BAFTA Awards (two wins).
Gary Rydstrom can truly be described as one of the inventors of modern cinema sound design: after gaining invaluable experience as a sound technician on “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”, he went on to design the sound for the comedy “Spaceballs.”
Rydstrom’s sound design for “Backdraft” was the precursor for his design for some of the biggest blockbusters (and most memorable soundscapes) in modern cinema – here is just a small sampling of the many films he has helped create: “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (which earned Rydstrom two Academy Awards- Best Sound and Best Sound Editing), “Jurassic Park” (the very first motion picture to be presented in DTS Digital Theater System, which earned him another two Academy Awards, again for Best Sound and Best Sound Editing), “Titanic” (Academy Award for Best Sound), “Saving Private Ryan” (two Academy Awards for Best Sound and Best Editing), “Minority Report” and “Finding Nemo.”
He has recently made his directorial debut with the Pixar animated short “Lifted” for which he received his fourteenth Academy Award nomination; for the same studio he directed and wrote the screenplay for the 2011 animated short “Hawaiian Vacation.”
ERIC DARNELL, director of the MADAGASCAR trilogy. Eric brings to VIEW MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED
Eric Darnell is the writer/director of “Madagascar” (2005), “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” (2008) and this summer’s major release “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”.
Eric’s feature directorial debut was as co-director (with VIEW 2010 keynote speaker Tim Johnson) of “Antz,” the very first computer animated feature produced by Pacific Data Images/DreamWorks Animation, in 1998.
After graduating with degrees in broadcast journalism from the University of Colorado and in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts, Eric joined Pacific Data Images, where he worked as a character animator on the 1991 Hanna-Barbera Halloween special “The Last Halloween”, and was the writer/director/lead animator for the Pacific Data Images short film “Gas Planet.” In addition to his directing duties, Eric also wrote the song “Welcome to Duloc” for the 2001 film “Shrek,” for which he also worked as story artist.
DAN ATTIAS, director, winner of the Directors Guild of America Award, HOUSE, THE SOPRANOS, LOST, THE WIRE, SIX FEET UNDER
Dan Attias has directed many of the most celebrated American television shows in recent history, including “The Sopranos,” “The Wire,” “Deadwood,” “Lost,” “Six Feet Under,” “Homeland,” “Damages,” “Big Love,” “House,” “Alias,” “Heroes,” “True Blood,” “The Killing,” “Northern Exposure,” and “Entourage.”
He has been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards and has won the Directors Guild of America Award for Distinguished Directing in Episodic Drama.
A gifted storyteller and teacher, Dan will speak about how he approaches story, both in his preparation for a project and in the actual production of a television episode.
JOSH HOLMES creative director of HALO. Josh will premiere at VIEW HALO 4
Josh Holmes is an accomplished video-game producer and designer best known for his work as executive producer and then creative director for the multibillion-dollar video-game franchise “Halo.”
Holmes is currently the franchise creative director for 343 Industries, the Microsoft Game Studios unit formed to oversee development of Halo, which includes video games, novels, comics, and other multimedia content.
Josh turned to game design after several years pursuing a career as a film actor, and his early training in drama and storytelling continues to inform his work as a game designer.
Holmes got his start in the video-game business in 1995 at the Burnaby, Canada campus of gaming giant Electronic Arts. At EA, Josh created the hit “Def Jam” series of fighting games, as well as the “NBA Street” series. In 2005, Josh cofounded the Vancouver based video-game studio Propaganda Games, which was acquired by Disney Interactive shortly after it opened. Holmes left Propaganda Games in 2008, moved to Microsoft where in 2009 he was an executive producer on “Halo Waypoint” and “Halo Reach,” and now heads up all creative on what has become one of the biggest gaming franchises of all time.
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