8th January 2009

Spark FX 2009 Speaker Schedule Released

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Siggraph Vancouver Vancouver – The organizing committee for Spark FX 2009 have released the speaker schedule for the upcoming SFX festival, but co-chair Mike Davison notes that there are one or two sessions still to be finalized. Spark FX runs from January 21 – 26 at the Vancouver International Film Centre, 1181 Seymour Street. Tickets for film showings and speaker events can be purchased through the ACM SIGGRAPH Vancouver Chapter’s website, along with full speaker bios and film information.

DAY 1 Wednesday January 21 – Doors Open 6:30pm

7:00 pm FILM “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” with Ken A. Priebe
9:30 pm FILM “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”

DAY 2 Thursday January 22 – 8:30 am – Registration

11:15 am SPEAKER SESSION – “Fictional Interfaces” with Mark Coleran
3:15 pm SPEAKER SESSION – “Make-up with Gordon Smith” with Gordon J. Smith
5:00 pm PANEL – “Pipedreams: In Search of the Perfect Production Solution” with Dave Fracchia, Anthony Brown, Leo Chan & Troy Brooks
7:00 pm FILM – “Forbidden Planet” with Keith Blackmore
9:30 pm FILM – “Alien”

DAY 3 Friday – January 23 – 8:30 am – Registration
9:30 am SPEAKER SESSION – “Spanning the Valley” with Paul Debevec
11:15 am SPEAKER SESSION – “Digital Cloning at ILM, from Lemony Snicket’s Baby to Pirates’ Davy Jones” with Christophe Hery
1:30 pm SPEAKER SESSION – “A VFX Journey Through Pan’s Labyrinth with CafeFX” with Jeff Barnes

3:15 pm SPEAKER SESSION – “Inside the World of Matte Painting” with Dylan Cole
5:00 pm PANEL – “Flesh”
7:00 pm FILM – “El laberinto del fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth)” with Jeff Barnes
9:45 pm FILM – “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” with Dennis Muren

DAY 4 Saturday January 24 – 8:30 am Registration
9:30 am FEATURED SPEAKER – “Weaving the Real and Imaginary in Visual Effects” with Dennis Muren
11:15 am SPEAKER SESSION – “Creating Monsters & Machines” with Shane Mahan
1:30 pm SPEAKER SESSION – “TBA” with Marshall Krasser
3:15 pm SPEAKER SESSION – “What if David Lean had CGI?” with Harrison Ellenshaw
5:00 pm PANEL – “VFX in Vancouver”
8:30 pm EVENT – “SPARK FX ’09 – Festival Party”

DAY 5 Sunday – January 25 – 8:30 am – Registration
11:15 am SPEAKER SESSION – “KaBOOM! The Extremely Exciting World of Practical Effects”
1:30 pm SPEAKER SESSION – “How to do a creative job without going nuts” with Mark Coleran
3:15 pm SPEAKER SESSION – “Particle effect in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
with Mark Stasiuk
5:00 pm SPEAKER SESSION – “History of Visual Effects” with Keith Blackmore
10:00 pm FILM – “The Abyss”

DAY 6 Monday – January 26 – 6:30 pm – Doors Open
7:00 pm FILM – “La cité des enfants perdus”
9:30 pm FILM – “Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”

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