VIEW Conference Unveils 2012 Highlights

Turin, Italy — The VIEW Conference is proud to announce that award winning director Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars) will present and discuss his feature film debut, Sony Pictures Animation’s 3D monster comedy Hotel Transylvania, for the first time in Italy during the 2012 conference, October 16 to 19 in Turin, Italy.

Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world’s most famous monsters – Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more – to celebrate his daughter Mavis’ 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but his world could come crashing down when a human stumbles on the hotel for the first time and takes a shine to Mavis.

Columbia Pictures presents a Sony Pictures Animation film, Hotel Transylvania.  The film features the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg,Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, and CeeLo Green.  Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky.  Produced by Michelle Murdocca.  Screenplay by Peter Baynham and Robert Smigel.  Story by Todd Durham and Daniel Hageman & Kevin Hageman.  Executive producers are Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel and Allen Covert.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh.  Music Supervision by Liza Richardson.  Imagery and Animation by Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.

Director, producer, writer, storyboard artist Genndy Tartakovsky has received five Annie nominations for the television productions Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory, and in 2007 won the Annie Awards’ Winsor McCay Award.  He has also received an outstanding 12 Emmy nominations during a 10-year time span for the animated series Dexter’s Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, and Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars. In 2004, he won Emmy awards for Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars, and in 2005, received a third Emmy award for Clone Wars. He was also a storyboard artist for the live-action feature Iron Man 2, which received an Oscar nomination for best visual effects.

Genndy Tartakovsky was born and raised in Moscow, USSR, but moved to Italy then Chicago when he was seven years old after his father defected to the USA. He studied animation at CalArts in Los Angeles where he created a student film that became the basis for Dexter’s Laboratory.

This year, Sony Pictures Animation (SPA) celebrates its 10th anniversary, and Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI), its 20th anniversary. SPA’s previous animated features include Open Season, Surf’s Up, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and The Smurfs. In addition to animated features, SPI creates visual effects for live-action films including this year’s The Amazing Spider-Man and Men in Black 3.

The VIEW is Italy’s largest computer graphics conference. Now in its lucky 13th year, the conference hosts prominent people in animation, visual effects, game development, architecture, design, and other areas of computer graphics in beautiful Torino, Italy where they share experiences, ideas, and knowledge with each other and with the professionals and students who attend the presentations and workshops.

The 2012 VIEW Conference also features award-winning sound designer and animated film director Gary Rydstrom from Skywalker Sound, writer/director Eric Darnell from PDI/DreamWorks who directed the Madagascar trilogy, television director and winner of the Directors Guild of America award Dan Attias, creative director of all the Halos Josh Holmes, who brings to VIEW the premiere of Halo 4, award-winning writer and director Chris Perry, academy award-winning computer graphics pioneer Glenn Entis, academy award-winning author and Autodesk Fellow Tom Wujec, ILM’s Jason Smith, visual effects associate supervisor will explore the effects of The Avengers, and many others.

VIEW Conference 2012 is made possible with the support of:  Piedmont Region, Province of Turin, City of Turin, Compagnia di San Paolo,  Fondazione CRT, Chamber of Commerce of Turin and Autodesk.

Registration is now open for the VIEW conference, which takes place October 16 to 19, and for VIEWFest, our digital movie festival following the VIEW Conference from 19 to 21 Oct. For more information, please visit our websites http://www.viewconference.it/ http://www.viewfest.it/