Online reservations are now open to SPARK [FWD] at the Vancouver International Film Centre, Vancouver Canada Feb 5-9th 2014

Conference

More speakers announced every day! For a full list, see the SPEAKERS page.

SCHEDULE

DAY 1 WEDNESDAY – FEBRUARY 05, 2014
6:00 pm EVENT
Opening Mixer
7:00 pm PRESENTATION
From Fan to Filmmaker: The Journey to Bring Batman to the Silver Screen
with Michael E. Uslan
DAY 1 THURSDAY – FEBRUARY 06, 2014
9:00 am PRESENTATION
Gatsby, S3D, and Creative Solutions for Making Films
with Chris Godfrey and Jon Cowley
11:00 am PRESENTATION
Stereoscopic 3D for Filmmakers
with Demetri Portelli
1:00 pm PRESENTATION
Navigating a Sea of Green
with Michael Romey
3:00 pm PRESENTATION
Breaking Grounds in Walter Mitty
with Desiree Ryden & Alex Ouzande
5:00 pm PRESENTATION
Defining Space: Exploring “Gravity”
with Angus Cameron & Richard Baker
DAY 2 FRIDAY – FEBRUARY 07, 2014
9:00 am PRESENTATION
The Making of Gravity: What to Do When There’s No Up or Down
with Tim Webber and Paul Debevec
11:00 am PRESENTATION
Modern Wizardry in the Land of Oz
with Justin JonesChris del Conte
1:00 pm PRESENTATION
3D Storytelling at Disney Animation
with Robert Neuman
3:00 pm PRESENTATION
Weta Digital’s Visual Effects for “Iron Man 3″
with Guy Williams
5:00 pm PRESENTATION
HFR (High Frame Rates) & the Future of Content
with Paul Salvini , Tony Pratt and John Knoll
DAY 3 SATURDAY – FEBRUARY 08, 2014
9:00 am PRESENTATION
Stereo 3D Roundtable
with Matthew R. Blute, Ben Breckenridge, Robert Neuman
11:00 am PRESENTATION
From “Avatar” to “Gravity”: Lighting Photoreal Digital Actors
with Paul Debevec
1:00 pm PRESENTATION
Cancel the Apocalypse: The VFX of “Pacific Rim”
with John Knoll
3:00 pm PRESENTATION
Visual Effects Paradiso: A Few Millennia of Visual Effects
with Mike Fink
5:00 pm PRESENTATION
“Jurassic Park”: 20th Anniversary — The Dawn of Digital!
with Steve ‘Spaz’ WilliamsStefen Fangmeier and Mark Dippe
9:00 pm EVENT
Closing Conference Party

 

PRESENTATIONS

Wednesday

Wednesday – February 5, 7:00pm

From Fan to Filmmaker: The Journey to Bring Batman to the Silver Screen
with Michael E. Uslan
Includes Opening Mixer and Screening of “Batman” (1989) , free with conference pass

Regular: $25 // Groups (5+): $22.50*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

VENUE: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, Canada

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Credited with creating and teaching the first accredited course on comics, Michael Uslan has been a comic book, and specifically Batman, fan since childhood. As the constant force behind the Batman films, from executive producing Tim Burton’s “Batman” to Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Trilogy,” and with the release of his book “The Boy Who Loved Batman: A Memoir,” Mr. Uslan is the leading expert on Batman and in the course of his presentation, he recalls the long journey in acquiring the rights to the caped crusader and the decades long struggle toiling in Hollywood in an effort to bring “Batman” to the silver screen as the dark and serious character he has always been.

Mr. Uslan’s presentation will be followed by a book signing and a 25th anniversary screening of Tim Burton’s “Batman” starring Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson and Kim Basinger.

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Thursday

Thursday – February 6, 9:00 AM

The Party has Started: The S3D & VFX of Gatsby
with Jon Cowley
& Chris Godfrey

Regular: $20 // Groups (5+): $18* *Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

Coming soon.

Thursday – February 6, 11:00 AM

Stereoscopic 3D for Filmmakers
with Demetri Portelli

Regular: $20 // Groups (5+): $18** Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

Demetri Portelli will discuss feature film 3D cinema from prep, to shoot, and into completion and exhibition. He will focus on how the current 3D tools and craftspeople in our business must serve the overall story and concept to keep 3D vital. He will also address some of the common misconceptions of making 3D films and discuss the hybrid model for overall success. Demetri will then share a sneak peak of the yet to be released Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s film “The Young & Prodigious T.S. Spivet” which was shot entirely in 3D in Canada.

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Thursday – February 6, 1:00 PM

Navigating a Sea of Green
with Michael Romey

Regular: $20 // Groups (5+): $18** Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

A deep exploration of ZOIC’s Virtual Production pipeline called ZEUS. See firsthand how ZOIC manages every aspect of pre-production, production and post-production to deliver unthinkable deliverable requirements. Topic will cover a broad spectrum of application use cases from Unity, Maya, Hiero and Vray and how they are all intertwined into a global pipeline.

Thursday – February 6, 3:00 PM

Breaking Grounds in Walter Mitty
with Desiree Ryden & Alex Ouzande

Regular: $20 // Groups (5+): $18** Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

Alex Ouzande and Desiree Ryden, two FX technical directors from Moving Picture Company, talk about their work on the city-boarding sequence in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” Ben Stiller’s character Walter chases his nemesis (Adam Scott) through the city, and along the way they create boards and skis from the street itself. The FX work required — the destruction, debris and dust that follow after surfing on a concrete street — was created mainly through Flowline and MPC’s destruction simulation suite Kali.

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Thursday – February 6, 5:00 PM

Defining Space: Exploring “Gravity”
with Angus Cameron & Richard Baker

Regular: $20 // Groups (5+): $18* *Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

‘Immersive film-making at its finest’ and ‘a must see in 3D’. The global success of Alfonso Cuaróns ’Gravity’ has thrust stereo 3D back into the limelight and proves that with the right content and right approach it clearly enhances the storytelling experience. Angus Cameron (Vision3) and Richard Baker (Prime Focus World) discuss the approach and challenges of the project and why ‘Gravity’ has become one of the most successful 3D films ever made.

Friday

Friday – February 7, 9:00 AM

The Making of Gravity: What to Do When There’s No Up or Down
with Tim Webber & Paul Debevec

Regular: $20 // Groups (5+): $18* *Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

Tim Webber first heard about Gravity in 2010 when he was approached by long-term collaborator Alfonso Cuarón to help him realize the film no one knew how to make. Amazed by Alfonso’s vision for the film, but unaware to what extent he and Framestore would be needed, Tim signed up to the movie.

A few years later the film arrived, considerably more computer generated than first expected and considerably more CG than live action. Tim supervised the whole VFX process, from the incredibly in-depth pre-vis, through the invention of many of the techniques used to film the live-action elements — to the astounding photo-real final images.

Tim will discuss the process from start to finish with the help of breakdowns and behind-the-scenes material, revealing what it was like to contend not just with zero gravity, but also some terrifyingly long shots.

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Friday – February 7, 11:00 AM

Modern Wizardry in the Land of Oz
with Justin Jones & Chris del Conte

Regular: $20 // Groups (5+): $18** Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

Coming soon.

Friday – February 7, 1:00 PM

3D Storytelling at Disney Animation
with Robert Neuman

Regular: $20 // Groups (5+): $18** Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

Central to the 3D approach at Walt Disney Animation Studios is the drive to use stereoscopic depth as a creative medium to benefit storytelling. Join Robert Neuman, Chief Stereographer, as he explains how the studio treats the third dimension as an equal partner in the storytelling process.

Friday – February 7, 3:00 PM

Weta Digital’s Visual Effects for “Iron Man 3″
with Guy Williams

Regular: $20 // Groups (5+): $18** Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

Visual Effects Supervisor Guy Williams breaks down the climactic third-act in “Iron Man 3,” and shows us what visual effects can add to a great story.

The fiery battle sequence is set in a Florida seaport environment where 32 Iron Man suits take on an army of extremis mercenaries. Guy highlights the technical execution of the fully digital environment and its destruction as the two sides clash in a tightly choreographed battle sequence. He reveals how a full CG “Lava God” version of Killian and the “extremis” character effect was realized, and how Weta executed the transformation and destruction of the different Iron Man suits.

Friday – February 7, 5:00 PM

HFR (High Frame Rates) & the Future of Content
with Paul Salvini, Tony Pratt & John Knoll

Regular: $20 // Groups (5+): $18** Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

An open discussion among industry experts who are advancing technologies to achieve greater creative expression. What are the post-production challenges? What are the future exhibition technologies that will allow us enjoy next-generation content? With discussions around High Frame Rates, UltraHD and High/Extended Dynamic Range, jump in and help us enhance the future!

Saturday

Saturday – February 8, 9:00 AM

Stereo 3D Roundtable
with Matthew Blute, Ben Breckenridge and Robert Neuman

Regular: $20 // Groups (5+): $18** Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

Coming soon.

Saturday – February 8, 11:00 AM

From “Avatar” to “Gravity”: Lighting Photoreal Digital Actors
with Paul Debevec

Regular: $20 // Groups (5+): $18** Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

Today’s movie visual effects show increasingly complex integration between virtual and real elements: real actors in digital environments, and digital actors in real ones. A key to making this work is to achieve consistent lighting between real and virtual elements. This talk describes how the Light Stage scanning systems and HDRI lighting techniques developed at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies have helped create digital actors and illuminate real ones in a range of prominent visual effects films. For in-depth examples, the talk describes how high-resolution face scanning, advanced character rigging, and performance-driven facial animation were combined to create “Digital Emily,” a collaboration with Image Metrics (now Faceware) yielding one of the first photoreal digital actors, and 2013′s “Digital Ira,” a collaboration with Activision Inc., yielding the most realistic real-time digital actor to date. The talk includes recent results in HDRI lighting, skin microgeometry measurement, 3D object scanning, and advances in autostereoscopic displays for 3D teleconferencing, holographic characters, and cultural preservation.

Saturday – February 8, 1:00 PM

Cancel the Apocalypse: The VFX of “Pacific Rim”
with John Knoll

Regular: $20 // Groups (5+): $18** Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

From aliens that threaten Earth’s very existence to massive human-piloted robots, this presentation examines the wide-ranging scope of Industrial Light & Magic’s effects work on Guillermo del Toro’s science-fiction epic “Pacific Rim.” John will cover creative and technical challenges his team had to overcome in the areas of asset development, character animation, lighting, digital environments, advanced fluid simulation work, and more.

Saturday – February 8, 3:00 PM

Visual Effects Paradiso: A Few Millennia of Visual Effects
with Michael Fink

Regular: $20 // Groups (5+): $18** Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

Did anti-aliasing start with Da Vinci? Ray-tracing with Van Eyck? What links the work of Velasquez and Zemeckis? If Vermeer were alive today, would he be a matte artist at ILM? Who created the very first visual effects shot and how was it done? And was it really Edison or was it Massacio that created it?

In Visual Effects Paradiso, we look at the broad canvas of Western art, photography, and film through the eyes of a visual effects filmmaker. From wall paintings in Herculaneum to modern visual effects scenes in contemporary film, we examine how artists have used technology to create new realities — and how the concerns of early artists are very much the same concerns shared by filmmakers today.

Saturday – February 8, 5:00 PM

“Jurassic Park”: 20th Anniversary — The Dawn of Digital!
with Steve ‘Spaz’ Williams, Stefen Fangmeier & Mark Dippe

Regular: $20 // Groups (5+): $18** Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

Ironic that an extinct creature would launch a digital era, right? But that’s exactly what happened! Come meet mavericks Steve ‘Spaz’ Williams, Stefen Fangmeier, and Mark Dippé and hear how they so impressed Steven Spielberg after clandestinely getting an animated dinosaur test viewed, that they got the nod to create Jurassic Park’s cg dinosaurs when all claimed cg creatures weren’t possible! The cg dinosaurs of Jurassic Park started it all! Without the ‘prefab’ software tools we have today, these artists created their own tools and animated digital creatures that still stand strong today! See work-in-progress clips and hear hilarious tales of life in The Pit at ILM.

EVENTS

Wednesday

Wednesday – February 5, 6:00 PM

Opening Mixer
Free with “Batman” presentation. Also included for Conference Pass holders.
Sorry, no minors.

Regular: $5 // Groups (5+): $4.50** Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

VENUE: Citytv Atrium Lounge, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, Canada

There’s no better way to kick off an event than with a party! We invite you to join us for opening night of Spark [FWD]. It’s a fantastic way to meet and network with guests, other attendees and industry leaders in a casual, friendly atmosphere.

Saturday

Saturday – February 8, 9:00 PM

Closing Conference Party

Also included for Conference Pass holders.
Sorry, no minors.

Regular: $15 // Groups (5+): $10** Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

VENUE: Citytv Atrium Lounge, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, Canada

Farewell! Join us as we say goodbye to another successful year of SPARK [FWD]. With the conference nearing its end for 2014, spend some time unwinding from the days of presentations, networking and meetings with drinks in the comfortable Citytv Atrium Lounge of the Vancouver International Film Centre.

WORKSHOPS


See the Free Workshop and Career Day page

 

How does conference passes and tickets work?

Right now, the full three days and one extra evening of conferences are available as a singe pass for $250. It can be purchased online. 

The conference runs from the evening of February 5 to the evening of February 8, 2014, (Wednesday through Saturday)

Individual session tickets can also be purchased online. 

The Opening Mixer on Wednesday, Feb. 5th, and the Conference Closing Reception Sat. Feb 8th IS included with a conference pass.

Note: The conference pass does not include the Film Festival film screenings. Those must be purchased separately. 

Contact the organizer with any questions.

Where is the event?
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Where is the event?

SPARK [FWD] 2014 is taking place at the Vancouver International Film Centre, at 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC.

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