Alvy Ray Smith, Glen Keane, and Tom McGrath To Headline VIEW Conference

VIEW keynote speakers (l. to r.): Alvy Ray Smith, Glen Keane, Tom McGrath.

VIEW keynote speakers (l. to r.): Alvy Ray Smith, Glen Keane, Tom McGrath.

The VIEW Conference, which is the largest computer graphics event in Italy, has announced the line-up for its 15th annual conference, which will take place October 14 to 17 in Turin (Torino), Italy. Three Americans will be the keynote speakers this year: Dr. Alvy Ray Smith, Glen Keane, and Tom McGrath.

Alvy Ray Smith is a computer graphics legend who co-founded Pixar with Ed Catmull, though he has now been unceremoniously excised from much of the company’s corporate history. Animator Glen Keane needs little introduction and most recently directed Duet, an interactive short for Android mobile devices. Tom McGrath has co-directed all three films in DreamWorks’ Madagascar series and is currently directed the upcoming DreamWorks film Boss Baby.

Other guests scheduled to attend VIEW this year include:

  • Alessandro Carloni, Head of Story, How to Train your Dragon 2. Co-Director Kung Fu Panda 3 (2015), DreamWorks Animation
  • Patrick Osborne, Director, Feast, Disney Animation Studios
  • Rob Coleman, Head of Animation, The Lego Movie, Animal Logic
  • Stefen Fangmeier, VFX Supervisor, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Independent
  • Kyle McCulloch, VFX Supervisor, Guardians of the Galaxy, Framestore
  • Scott Farrar, VFX Supervisor, Transformers: Age of Extinction, ILM
  • Tim Harrington, Animation Supervisor, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, ILM
  • David Schaub, Director of Animation, The Amazing Spider-man 2, Imageworks
  • Lucia Modesto, Ingredients of Time Travel: Art, Models, Rigs, and FX, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Dreamworks Animation
  • Marcelo Vignali, Production Designer/Art Director, Smurfs (2016), Sony Pictures Animation
  • Noelle Triaureau, Art Director, Smurfs (2016), Sony Pictures Animation
  • Parag Havaldar, R and D Lead, Blizzard Entertainment
  • Kim Baumann Larsen, The DARK Adventure – Innovating Architectural Immersive VR using Storytelling and Gameplay
  • Philip Stevju Løken, Interactive 3D Designer, The DARK Adventure – Innovating Architectural Immersive VR using Storytelling and Gameplay, Placebo Effects
  • Jerome Solomon, Director Computer Animation Festival, Siggraph
  • Nelson Lowry, Supervising Production Designer, Boxtrolls, Laika
  • David Putrino, Not Impossible Labs, Weill-Cornell Medical College
  • Brenda Bakker Harger, Theatre Director, Improviser, Professor at Entertainment Technology Center, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Merzin Tavaria, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Director, Prime Focus World

For more details on the conference, visit VIEWConference.it.


  • Merlin

    Allessandro Carloni was Head of Story on the first “How to Train Your Dragon”, Tom Owens was Head of Story on the sequel, according to the end credits.

  • Alejandro Garcia

    Tom is also the voice of Skipper the penguin.

  • http://tresportfolio.tumblr.com/ Tres Swygert

    Looks like it’s going to be a great conference to attend!