Sony Pictures Imageworks Takes the Stage at SIGGRAPH 2006

MONSTER HOUSE and OPEN SEASON Presentations Highlight Company's Diversity

and Quality of Work

Sony SXRD 4K Projector Featured in Imageworks Booth #1506

Master Artist Karl Gnass Featured in Imageworks Booth for 9th Consecutive

Year of Popular Drawing Classes

Jul 28, 2006, 01:00 ET from Sony Pictures Imageworks

    CULVER CITY, Calif., July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Academy Award(R) winning
 digital production studio Sony Pictures Imageworks is set to showcase its
 innovative and diverse range of CG work and digital effects at SIGGRAPH
 2006, the 33rd annual international conference on computer graphics and
 interactive techniques.
     "This has been a very productive year for Imageworks in terms of our
 four active production pipelines: live action visual effects, performance
 capture, all CG animation and 3D stereoscopic work," said Tim Sarnoff,
 president of Sony Pictures Imageworks. "We're proud to share examples of
 each pipeline with SUPERMAN RETURNS, MONSTER HOUSE and Sony Pictures
 Animation's first CG-feature, OPEN SEASON."
     Imageworks is a participant in every aspect of the conference including
 the prestigious Electronic Theater program, panels, courses and special
     On the Show Floor
     Imageworks will be presenting materials this year in booth #1506 on the
 Sony SRX-R105 SXRD 4K projector. As one of four models in the SXRD 4K
 projector line-up, the SRX-R105 provides an image resolution of over 8.8
 million pixels at a brightness of 5,000 lumens, with stunning contrast and
 accurate color reproduction. These products provide high-quality,
 high-resolution projection in applications from visualization and
 simulation to digital cinema.
     In its ninth consecutive year, Imageworks will present the popular life
 drawing class "Master Life Drawing and the Art of the Dynamic Pose" with
 Master Instructor Karl Gnass, author of "Spirit of the Pose: Sketchbook 1"
 in the Imageworks booth #1506. Gnass has been teaching drawing for over 35
 years and has worked with Imageworks for the past 10 years instructing
 artists at the facility each week in his life drawing class.
     "Master Instructor Karl Gnass has been teaching life drawing classes at
 Imageworks every week since 1996," said Sande Scoredos, executive director
 of training and artist development. "His life drawing classes not only
 improve aesthetics and animation skills but also increase powers of
 observation, communication, and visualization. These studio art classes are
 considered a staple of the Imageworks Training & Artist Development core
 curriculum and are available to everyone at Imageworks."
     Electronic Theater
     This year, Imageworks has been honored with two selections for
 screening in the jury-selected Electronic Theater: "MONSTER HOUSE: There
 Goes the Neighborhood" by visual effects supervisor Jay Redd and "OPEN
 SEASON: Separating the Trees from the Forest" by visual effects supervisor
 Doug Ikeler.
     Monster House is currently in theaters; OPEN SEASON debuts nationwide
 September 29.
     Imageworks will be offering two courses:
     "The Art of OPEN SEASON"
     Sunday, July 30
     8:30am - 12:15pm (Hall C)
     Presented by visual effects supervisor Doug Ikeler, animation
 supervisor Sean Mullen, and CG supervisors Max Bruce and Darren Lurie, this
 session will offer a detailed behind-the-scenes view of how a team of
 digital artists and technicians worked closely with a team of talented
 traditional storytellers and artists to create the first feature animated
 film from Sony Pictures Animation. The course will demonstrate how the most
 advanced technology and tools were developed from concept to screen.
     "Performance-Driven Facial Animation"
     Wednesday, August 2
     8:30am - 5:30pm (Room 205)
     Parag Havaldar, software architect, will cover the tracking,
 cross-mapping, and model derivation technologies used on MONSTER HOUSE.
 Current and forthcoming motion-capture techniques and application case
 studies from recent and current projects will be presented.
     Imageworks executives will be participating in the following panels:
     "Is a Career in Computer Graphics Possible?"
     Part 1: Skills & Training
     Tuesday, August 1
     10:30am - 12:15pm (Room 210)
     The first part of this course will be presented by Ken Muryama,
 director of Digital Production for Imageworks, and will cover skills and
 training on topics such as the need to stay current with technology, what
 new employees are expected to know, if training departments in the industry
 are keeping up with employees and what the overall benefits are to keeping
 employees trained.
     "Is a Career in Computer Graphics Possible?"
     Part 2: Dedication & Expectation
     Wednesday, August 2
     3:45pm - 5:30pm (Room 210)
     Presented by Jenny Fulle, executive vice president of production and
 executive producer for Imageworks, this session will cover the expectations
 of companies, employers, researchers, artists and students and what the
 industry can do to make sure that sane and stable jobs exist in computer
     Special Session
     "Sounding Off: How Voice Talents Bring Characters to Life in a CG Film"
     Wednesday, August 2
     4:45pm - 6:45pm (Hall B2)
     Mary Hidalgo, casting director for Sony Pictures Animation, will
 participate in a special session panel that will discuss how major studios
 and talents use different approaches and techniques to integrate voice
 performance with computer graphics to create emotionally resonant
 computer-generated characters and stories.
     Additional Appearances
     Imageworks artists will also be participating in educational panels and
 presentations in various booths including:
     Autodesk Maya Master Classes
     "SuperToon Body & Face Rigging"
     Monday, July 31
     9:00am - 12:30pm (Westin Bonaventure Waterfront Hotel)
     Presented by Senior Technical Animator Joe Harkins
     "Hyper Real Creature Anatomy Foundation"
     Thursday, August 3
     8:30am - 12:30pm (Westin Bonaventure Waterfront Hotel)
     Presented by Character Set-up Supervisor Erick Miller
     Autodesk Booth # 1706
     August 1, 2 and 3
     Senior Flame artist Todd Mesher will present material from CLICK and
     August 1, 2 and 3
     T. Dan Hofstedt, co-animation supervisor on MONSTER HOUSE, will discuss
      how Maya was used in the making of the film.
     Maxon Booth # 603
     August 1, 2 and 3
     Apryl Knobbe, digital paint lead on OPEN SEASON, will discuss how Cinema
      4D was used during the making of the film.
     Side Effects Booth # 1731
     August 1 and August 2
     Darren Lurie, CG supervisor on Open Season, and David Stevens, effects
      animation supervisor from Open Season, will discuss how Houdini was used
      for the film.
     About Sony Pictures Imageworks
     Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc., is an Academy Award(R) winning,
 state-of-the-art digital production studio dedicated to the art of visual
 effects production and character animation. Imageworks' production
 environment facilitates four diverse pipelines including live action visual
 effects and character work, Imagemotion(TM) performance capture, all CG
 animation and Imageworks 3D stereoscopic. The company has been recognized
 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with Oscars(R) for its
 work on SPIDER-MAN(R) 2 and the CG animated short film THE CHUBBCHUBBS!, as
 TROOPERS. Imageworks continues to raise the level in the visual effects and
 character-animation industry, becoming a major force by providing leading
 edge technology to its world-class artists.
     Current projects include SUPERMAN RETURNS, CLICK, MONSTER HOUSE (also
 in Imageworks 3D), GHOST RIDER, SPIDER-MAN(R) 3 and BEOWULF, as well as the
 first two features from Sony Pictures Animation -- OPEN SEASON (also in
 IMAX 3D) and SURF'S UP!
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