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CONFERENCES

SATURDAY 28 - MORNING

11:00 hours / Room MAC
Vida 8.0
Presented by Daniel Canogar (SP)
http://www.fundacion.telefonica.com/at/vida/

The Art and Artificial Life Competition organized by the Fundación Telefónica has now become one of the most important and prestigious contests on the panorama of international technological art. Throughout its eight editions, by means of its prizes, the Fundación has recognized the work of names as important as Theo Jansen, Eduardo Kac, George Legrady and the Institute for Applied Autonomy, among many others. Daniel Canogar, one of the people responsible for the initiative, will talk about the history of the Vida Prize and present the award winning works from the last edition.


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12:00 hours / Room MAC
Interactiva 06
Marcel.lí Antúnez (SP)
http://www.marceliantunez.com
Alvaro Rey, Waskman (SP)
http://www.waskman.com
Every year, Interactiva highlights the most outstanding projects and initiatives produced in the field of multimedia art, interactive design and the new media in this country. This year, we are able to include an artist with extensive experience and widespread international recognition, Marcel.lí Antúnez, who has been working on various projects over the last twelve months all of which blur the limits between thought and performance. And along with him, an up and coming collective: the multidiscipline studio Waskman, which has undertaken works of a high level in the field of the design of interactive spaces, multimedia installations, software and illustration.

13:00 hours / Room MAC
3D in Spain: Exporting Talent
Alex Baixas, Ilion (SP)
http://www.ilion.com
Emilio Ramos (SP)
http://niebla-fog.blogspot.com
Cristóbal Vila, Etérea Studios (SP)
http://www.etereaestudios.com
Alex Huguet (SP)
http://www.metamesh3D.com

Moderated by Santi Fort, UPF (SP)
3D in Spain has now become a forum for meeting and debate indispensable for the Spanish digital animation and 3D communities. In this edition, we will discuss the recognition of the work produced by professionals of digital image from our country beyond our frontiers. It is becoming more and more common to find Spanish names in the credits of international productions: Is this because we are getting better, because we instill more confidence, or is it that there is not enough work for everybody in this country?
This year, in SIGGRAPH, the rendezvous par excellence for 3D, the work of various Spanish professionals has been recognized: and here they are.


SATURDAY 28 – AFTERNOON

16:00 hours / Room OM
Forum “Creación y Empresa” ArtFutura 2006
http://www.creacioiempresa.com/index_e.php
For the second year running, in ArtFutura there will be a space dedicated to meeting, in first person, different professionals from the field of digital creation of contents: artists, producers, distributors and training centers. The sessions are formed as a series of short interventions that give those interested the opportunity of presenting a project or idea in a concise way so that they can find others with similar knowledge and aspirations among the audience with a view to forming work collaborations. Alongside the presentation room, notice boards have been installed where those interested can leave notices of job offers, or collaborations, project descriptions... these can be consulted by all of those attending the festival.


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17:00 hours / Room MAC
David Mellor, Framestore CFC (GB)
“Framestore from the inside” with the collaboration of Aula Temática

http://www.framestore-cfc.com
After some twenty years of work, the British studio Framestore CFC has become the most important visual effects and computer animation firm in Europe. In just the last twelve months, their list of projects have included productions as important as “Superman Returns”, “V for Vendetta”, “United 93” as well as the last installments of the Harry Potter  and X-Men series. Additionally, their advertising and video-clip department is responsible for many of the images that we see on the small screen every season (Audi, PlayStation, Chemical Brothers…).
David Mellor (Technical Director) will introduce us to the day to day running of one of the companies that is a candidate to bring the North American hegemony in the field of 3D a nd special fx to an end.

ALT_ANIMATION: DIGITAL ANIMATION BEYOND CONVENTION 
ArtFutura is dedicating Saturday afternoon to a new generation of creators who are renewing the language of computer animation. Distancing themselves from the aesthetics established by the big studios and wagering for hybrid formulas that combine the capacity of digital media with traditional techniques and ideas that come from other genres. “A Scanner Darkly”, “Renaissance” and “Flushed Away” all show the new horizons that are opening to the world of the synthetic image.

18:00 hours / Room MAC
Helen Brunsdon, Aardman Animations (GB)
“Aardman: from plasticine to pixels”
http://www.aardman.com
Aardman Animation, home of the unforgettable Wallace and Gromit, has been a symbol for the more artisanal and intimate side of the world of animation since some thirty years ago. In their new full-length feature film, “Flushed Away”, Aardman have allied with the strong digital animation division of Dreamworks (“Antz”, “Shrek”, “Madagascar”) to make a different sort of 3D animation film that combines the versatility of the digital world with the warmth of putty and the unmistakable style of “step by step” animation.
In this presentation, Aardman will review their rich background and will introduce this production that will reach our cinemas this December.

19:00 hours / Room MAC
Marc Miance, Attitude Studio (FR)
“Renaissance”
http://www.renaissance-movie.com
“Renaissance” is a stylized and sober proposal that brings animated science fiction close to the tradition of the European film industry. Its maker, the debuting Christian Volckman, has dedicated the last seven years to the completion of this story inspired in cyberpunk which recreates digitally in black and white a Paris in the immediate future constructed over classical references such as the work of Fritz Lang and Orson Welles and the best film noir of the 30’s and 40’s.
In ArtFutura, the film’s creators will tell us all about how this production, which proposes an aesthetic model for 3D radically different from what we are accustomed to seeing, was developed.

20:00 hours / Room MAC
Tommy Pallota (USA)
“‘A Scanner Darkly’ from the inside”
http://wip.warnerbros.com/ascannerdarkly/
Since the announcement of its production, “A Scanner Darkly” has been one of the films digital animation fans from all around the world have most been looking forward to. This adaptation of one of the most emblematic and hallucinationary novels of the genius of science fiction, Phillip K. Dick, has been transformed into images by means of the digital rotoscope technique in which animation is generated from a recording in video in which the actors interpret the scenes. “A Scanner Darkly” includes a star cast (Keanu Reeves, Wynona Ryder, Robert Downey Jr) and it is an exuberant and sophisticated visual show that wagers for an adult and poetical form of animation.

The producer of the film, Tommy Pallota, one of those most responsible for the project, will talk about the processes of conceptualization, production and postproduction of “A Scanner Darkly” in this presentation.

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