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HOSTED BY ACADEMY GOVERNOR BILL KROYER
WITH SPECIAL GUEST OSCAR-WINNING VISUAL EFFECTS SUPERVISOR BILL WESTENHOFER
“Thinking in 3D really helped me make this movie…I think that put me in a position to conceive and make this movie somehow differently.” – director Ang Lee
The Academy’s Science and Technology Council takes a look at the breakthrough stereoscopic and visual effects work that went into crafting the Oscar-winning film “Life of Pi,” featuring an onstage discussion with members of the film’s creative teams.
While stereoscopic filmmaking has literally added a new dimension to visual effects in theatrical motion pictures, few films have combined those technologies with greater technical virtuosity or narrative impact than “Life of Pi.”
This year’s Oscar winner for Cinematography, Directing, Music – Original Score and Visual Effects, “Life of Pi” tells the story of a boy lost at sea and his struggle to survive inside a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.
The evening will include film sequences and “making-of” clips alongside presentations and panel discussions on the creative challenges and production processes of employing stereoscopic technology with visual effects. Topics will include shot concepts, previsualization, location design, depth scripting and the complexities of combining live-action plates with extensive visual effects.
Academy Award winner: Cinematography (Claudio Miranda), Directing (Ang Lee), Music – Original Score (Mychael Danna), Visual Effects (Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott)
Academy Award nominee: Film Editing (Tim Squyres), Music – Original Song (“Pi’s Lullaby,” Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri), Best Picture (Gil Netter, Ang Lee and David Womark, producers), Production Design (David Gropman; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock), Sound Editing (Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton), Sound Mixing (Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin), Writing – Adapted Screenplay (David Magee)