Academy Plans 'Life of Pi' VFX Event

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The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is planning a special evening dedicated to the visual effects magic of Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning feature Life of Pi.

Hosted by Academy governor Bill Kroyer, the "Deconstructing Pi" event will be held on Monday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Oscar-winning visual effects artists Bill Westenhofer, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott, Oscar-winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda, previsualization supervisor Brad Alexander and Oscar-nominated editor Tim Squyres will be on-hand to present behind-the-scenes footage and clips and to discuss some of the special techniques used to create the film's stereoscopic 3-D magic. Topics will include shot concepts, previsualization, location design, depth scripting and the complexities of combining live-action plates with extensive visual effects.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and all seating in unreserved. Ticket prices are $5 general admission/$3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. To buy tickets online, visit

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