The Academy Spotlights VFX Game-Changers

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA — The Academy is launching a slate of events focused on the breakthroughs in visual effects, beginning with a special advance screening of “Jurassic Park 3D” on April 2, and concluding with an exploration of the groundbreaking VFX techniques used in “Life of Pi” on May 6.

The complete lineup is as follows:

"Jurassic Park 3D" Tuesday, April 2 at Samuel Goldwyn Theater

The evening will feature a special advance screening of Steven Spielberg's state-of-the-art classic in 3D. Following the film will be a discussion with the movie's crew, including Rick Carter (art direction), Dennis Muren (visual effects) and Phil Tippett (visual effects), and Stereo D president William Sherak, moderated by Variety's David S. Cohen. Admission for "Jurassic Park" is free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available online  March 26 at 9 a.m.

VFX Convergence Mondays, April 15, 22, and 29 at Linwood Dunn Theater

This three-week series will highlight the constantly evolving art of visual effects. Panelists include Academy Award-winning makeup artists Rick Baker and Greg Cannom, and Oscar-winning visual effects artists Rob Legato and Robert Stromberg. Each evening will feature film clips and a Q & A session. 

Pre- and Post-visualization - Today's Storyboarding (April 15)

Blending Makeup with Digital Arts in Film (April 22)

From Matte Paintings to Full Environments and Set Extensions (April 29)

Tickets and passes will be available on April 1.

Deconstructing "Pi" Monday, May 6 at Samuel Goldwyn Theater

Moderated by Academy governor Bill Kroyer, the panel will feature two-time Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Bill Westenhofer and members of the "Life of Pi" creative teams. The program will spotlight the "making-of," design and breakthrough 3D and visual effects work that went into crafting the movie. Tickets will be available on April 1.

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