TORINO, ITALY — VIEW Conference 2019 (www.viewconference.it) has announced that director Brad Bird, composer Michael Giacchino and Pixar filmmaker Ralph Eggleston will give keynote addresses at the October symposium. In addition to his keynote address, Giacchino will perform a concert of his music during the conference, which is set to take place October 21st through 25th.
"Year after year, VIEW Conference has established its reputation as the event where the best and the brightest from the world's digital industries convene to exchange experiences, discuss their work, and to enrich, teach and inspire us," says conference director Dr. Maria Elena Gutierrez. "Increasingly, VIEW is not just an event - it’s an experience, a community. It’s where you should be, too."
The conference brings together some of the world's top directors, studio heads, animators, game developers, visual effects artists and inventors who create live-action films, animated films, games, and virtual reality. The week-long event features talks, masterclasses and networking within the relaxed beauty and culture of the northern Italian city.
Bird, Giacchino and Eggleston join an already-announced guest list that also includes Dean DeBlois, writer, director and executive producer of "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World," and Changhan (CH) Kim, CEO of PUBG Corporation, known for its online multiplayer game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Other industry heavyweights giving keynotes include Maureen Fan, CEO and co-founder of Emmy- and Annie-award-winning Baobab Studios; renowned physicist Daniel Zajfman, president of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel; and Janelle Croshaw Ralla, a VFX supervisor on the international blockbuster Captain Marvel.
Eloi Champagne, technical director at Montreal's NFB Animation Studio; Nikola Damjanov, lead game artist at Nordeus; Escape Studios director Ian Palmer; and Wieke Schrakamp, research manager health & behavior at Amsterdam's playful learning studio IJsfontein, will also speak at VIEW.
Brad Bird is the award-wining director, screenwriter, animator, producer and voice actor, whose Incredibles 2 was one of last year's biggest hits. In addition, he is known for his animated feature films The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Ratatouille. His live-action films are Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and Tomorrowland. He is currently writing a live-action musical for Sony Pictures, which will include 20 minutes of animation and feature music by Michael Giacchino.
Prolific composer Michael Giacchino has scored countless hit films, including the Oscar-winning score for the 2009 Pixar film Up. His work will be heard this year in the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home, and he composed the music for last year's Incredibles 2, Bad Times at the El Royale and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. In addition, he's composed the music for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Doctor Strange, Coco and Inside Out. His list of credits stretches across more than 130 films, TV series and video games.
Longtime Pixar filmmaker Ralph Eggleston was the production designer on Bird's Incredibles 2 and other Pixar hits Inside Out, WALL-E and Finding Nemo, was the art director on The Incredibles and Toy Story, and won an Oscar for his animated short For the Birds.