EXCLUSIVE: VIEW Conference, Italy’s leading conference for the digital arts, has announced a new round of guests for its 20th edition, which will take place in October. The speakers include visual effects master Rob Legato, as well as Conrad Vernon and Sergio Pablos, directors of two hotly anticipated animated features, The Addams Family and Klaus, respectively.
In his decades-long career, Legato has pushed vfx to new levels of sophistication, on feature productions such as Titanic, Apollo 13, and Hugo, as well as television series, like Star Trek: The Next Generation. He has won three Academy Awards, most recently for his work on Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, and is also vfx supervisor on Favreau’s The Lion King, which pushes virtual production techniques as far as any feature film production has to date.
Vernon’s upcoming feature for MGM — The Addams Family, co-directed with Greg Tiernan — promises to add to a successful string of comedic animated features that he’s co-directed including Sausage Party, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, and Shrek 2. Pablos, a revered animator who developed the Despicable Me franchise, is directing Klaus, Netflix’s first original animated feature. The film tells the origin story of Santa Claus in a tech-forward hand-drawn style.