22nd January 2014

What’s In Store For You At Spark [FWD]

spark fwdMichael Uslan, Executive Producer will kick off the fifth version of Spark [FWD] on Wednesday, February 5th with a keynote address titled From Fan To Filmmaker. Festivities begin with a mixer at the 6 PM in the Citytv Atrium Lounge at VanCity Theatre. It will be followed by a presentation from comic book and Batman expert Michael Uslan. Mr. Uslan purchased the film rights to Batman in the late 70s and has been an integral part of the “Batman” films, executive producing all of the film adaptations including 1989’s “Batman” and, most recently, Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Trilogy.”

A teacher, writer and executive producer, Michael Uslan has been passionate about comic books and Batman in particular, since childhood. He began sharing his passion while at Indiana University where he created and taught the first ever accredited Michael Uslancollege course in comics. His career as a producer began in 1979 when Mr. Uslan acquired the rights to “Batman” from DC comics but it would be nearly twenty years before his dream of bringing the caped crusader to the big screen would be fulfilled but that dream became a reality in 1989 with the release of Tim Burton’s “Batman.”

In the years since his initial success, Mr. Uslan has continued to be involved with the production of all of the “Batman” movies, most recently with the hugely successful “The Dark Knight Trilogy,” and also written a book “The Boy Who Loved Batman” which chronicles his youthful passion for his favourite comic book character from the early years to today. Mr. Uslan will follow-up his presentation with a book signing of his memoir “The Boy Who Loved Batman” and the evening will close with a silver anniversary screening of Tim Burton’s “Batman.”

Tickets for the Opening Mixer, Keynote and Silver Anniversary Screening are $25.00, and are available for purchase online. Tickets for individual film events range from $5.00 to $15.00 for the Closing Conference Party. Please see the ticket page for more information.

The Spark [FWD] schedule is still being finalized, but here is a general event timeline:

Festival: February 5 – 9, 2014
Conference: February 6 – 8, 2014
Job Fair: February 7 & 8, 2014

Conference Presentations:

DAY 1 WEDNESDAY – FEBRUARY 05, 2014
6:00 pm Event: Opening Mixer
DAY 2 THURSDAY – FEBRUARY 06, 2014
9:00 am Presentation: TBA
11:00 am Presentation: Stereoscopic 3D for Storytellers with Demetri Portelli & James Stewart
1:00 pm Presentation: Navigating a Sea of Green with Michael Romey
3:00 pm Presentation: TBA with Desiree Ryden & Alex Ouzande
5:00 pm Presentation: Defining Space: Exploring Gravity
DAY 3 FRIDAY – FEBRUARY 07, 2014
9:00 am Presentation: TBA
11:00 am Presentation: Modern Wizardry in the Land of Oz with Justin Jones & Chris del Conte
1:00 pm Presentation: The Party has Started: The S3D & VFX of Gatsby with Jon Cowley
3:00 pm Presentation: Weta Digital’s Visual Effects for Iron Man 3 with Guy Williams
5:00 pm Presentation: HFR and Future Applications for Storytelling with Paul Salvini
DAY 4 SATURDAY – FEBRUARY 08, 2014
9:00 am Presentation: 3D Storytelling at Disney Animation with 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: TBA
5:00 pm Presentation: Jurassic Park: 20th Anniversary and the Dawn of Digital! with Steve ‘Spaz’ Williams, Stefen Fangmeier & Mark Dippe
9:00 pm Event: Closing Conference Party

Film Presentations:

DAY 1 WEDNESDAY – FEBRUARY 05, 2014
6:00 pm Networking: Opening Mixer (drinks & snacks included)
7:00 pm Festival Keynote: From Fan to Filmmaker: The Journey to Bring Batman to the Silver Screen
9:00 pm Silver Anniversary: Tim Burton’s Batman (1989)
DAY 2 THURSDAY – FEBRUARY 06, 2014
7:00 pm Gravity 3D (2013)
9:00 pm Depth Perception: Short Stories in 3D (various)
DAY 3 FRIDAY – FEBRUARY 07, 2014
7:00 pm Depth Perception: Short Stories in 3D (various)
9:00 pm Pacific Rim 3D (2013)
DAY 4 SATURDAY – FEBRUARY 08, 2014
7:00 pm 20th Anniversary: Jurassic Park 3D (1993)
9:00 pm Networking: Closing Conference Party
DAY 5 SUNDAY – FEBRUARY 09, 2014
3:00 pm The Wizard of Oz 3D (1939)
5:00 pm 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
7:30 pm Creature from the Black Lagoon 3D (1954)
9:15 pm House of Wax 3D (1953)

 

Job Fair RegistrationsIf you are looking for work, don’t forget to register for the Job Fair. Top recruiting studios include:

  • 3pod
  • Digital Domain
  • Framestore
  • Gener8 Media Corp.
  • Image Engine
  • Industrial Light & Magic (ILM)
  • Moving Picture Company (MPC)
  • Nerd Corps Entertainment
  • Prime Focus World
  • Scanline VFX
  • Zoic Studios

Volunteers Needed: Spark [FWD] relies on the support of volunteers to ensure a smooth event. Serving as a volunteer enables you to develop teamwork and leadership skills and to interact directly with festival organizers but it’s not all work and no play: volunteering also gives you the opportunity to meet and interact with other volunteers, gives you access to a special volunteer only event and a t-shirt featuring this year’s festival graphic. Please visit the Volunteer Application page for more information. To register, please visit: Volunteer Application Form

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  1. Tami Quiring (@VillageGamer)
    12:03 am on January 22nd, 2014

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  2. @SparkCGS
    3:07 am on January 27th, 2014

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