The NAB Show has confirmed panelists for the Content Theater Session, "'Alice in Wonderland:' Turning Fantasy into Motion Picture Reality." Joining the line-up of industry leaders will be Art Repola, executive vice president of visual effects and production, The Walt Disney Studios; Ken Ralston, multi Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor for the film; Corey Turner, stereographer for the film; and Tom Peitzman, co-producer/visual effects producer for the film.
"Alice in Wonderland," Tim Burton's imaginative take on Lewis Carroll's classic stories, stars Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Mia Wasikowska as Alice, and opened worldwide on March 5, 2010. The film blazes new trails in production design, hybrid live action, visual effects and conversion to stereoscopic 3D. This session will explore both the production and post production processes, and will describe the challenges of creating characters of unique heights and proportions. "'Alice in Wonderland': Turning Fantasy into Motion Picture Reality," will take place Monday, April 12.
"New digital technologies, including stereoscopic 3D, are changing the way we watch movies," said Chris Brown, executive vice president, Conventions and Business Operations for the NAB Show. "These creative experts will provide NAB Show attendees with a rare glimpse into the complex processes behind this highly anticipated, tentpole film."
Repola, who oversaw the visual effects of "Alice in Wonderland" has managed the visual effects of nearly 200 live action feature films, including such complex, ground-breaking projects as the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe" and "Prince Caspian."
Ken Ralston serves as senior visual effects supervisor for Sony Pictures Imageworks, and is a five-time Academy Award winner with two additional nominations. In addition to his work on "Alice in Wonderland," Ralston has overseen the visual effects for a long list of blockbuster hits, including "Polar Express," "Beowulf," "Phenomenon" and several "Star Trek" films.
Tom Peitzman served as co-producer and visual effects producer for "Alice in Wonderland," adding to his impressive list of film credits, including "Watchmen," "Mission: Impossible III," "The Spiderwick Chronicles," "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" and "Planet of the Apes."
Corey Turner, an experienced stereographer, will also be joining the session. Most recently he served as a lead stereographer for "Alice in Wonderland." Turner was also a technical animator on several IMAX films, including "I Am Legend," "Beowulf" and "Monster House."
Content Theater Sessions are dedicated to showcasing cutting-edge content and first-looks, and have been a popular feature of the NAB Show for the past two years. The sessions are designed to demonstrate how the tools and technology on the NAB Show floor are being used to create today's most dynamic content. This year's line-up also includes "Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking," an in-depth look behind this Discovery Channel four-part television event, which will unveil his exceptional vision of the universe, using animation and cutting edge visual effects including live action and digitally enhanced NASA footage. Additional Content Theater sessions will be announced in the coming weeks.
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