Evolution of Production Design
Beverly Hills, CA(RUSHPRNEWS) April 28, 2008 â€” Exploring the creation of physical and virtual space through the use of traditional, new and emerging tools and technologies, the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present â€œThe Art, Science and Psychology of Production Designâ€ on Friday, May 16, at 8 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
Hosted by Science and Technology Council member Bill Kroyer, the evening will feature onstage presentations by production designers Alex McDowell (â€œCharlie and the Chocolate Factory,â€ â€œMinority Reportâ€), Doug Chiang (â€œBeowulf,â€ â€œThe Polar Expressâ€) and Ralph Eggleston (â€œThe Incredibles,â€ â€œFinding Nemoâ€). It will also present a real-time pre-visualization demonstration by pre-visualization director Daniel Gregoire (â€œIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,â€ â€œThe Spiderwick Chroniclesâ€) and a review of new technologies by art director Daniel Jennings (â€œG-Force,â€ â€œMatchstick Menâ€).
The program will examine how new technologies and shifting collaborations are changing the way motion picture production designers approach their work. With the advent of file sharing, computer-generated imagery and a variety of hardware and software tools, designers now have the ability to preview sets and coordinate with other creative departments more quickly and accurately than ever before.
To illustrate how the fundamental creative role of the production designer has remained unchanged despite the evolution of tools and processes, the program will also include a brief history of production design under the studio system, featuring an onstage conversation with legendary production designer Robert Boyle. Boyle earned Academy AwardÂ® nominations for â€œNorth by Northwest,â€ â€œGaily, Gaily,â€ â€œFiddler on the Roofâ€ and â€œThe Shootist,â€ and was the recipient of this yearâ€™s Honorary Award (an OscarÂ® statuette).
Joining Boyle onstage will be Oscar-nominated production designer and Academy governor Jeannine Oppewall (â€œThe Good Shepherd,â€ â€œL.A. Confidentialâ€).
The presentations will be augmented with clips from such movies as â€œThe Little Foxesâ€ (1941), â€œRear Windowâ€ (1954), â€œCleopatraâ€ (1963), â€œStar Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menaceâ€ (1999) and â€œWar of the Worldsâ€ (2005).
Kroyer received an Academy Award nomination for his 1988 short film â€œTechnological Threat,â€ which pioneered the technique of combining hand-drawn and computer animation. He directed the animated feature film â€œFernGully: The Last Rainforestâ€ and is currently senior animation director at Rhythm & Hues Studios in Los Angeles.
Established in 2003 by the Academy’s Board of Governors, the Science and Technology Council provides a forum for the exchange of information, promotes cooperation among diverse technological interests within the industry, sponsors publications, fosters educational activities and preserves the history of science and technology of motion pictures.
Tickets to â€œThe Art, Science and Psychology of Production Designâ€ are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets are available for purchase by mail, at the Academy box office, or online at www.oscars.org. Doors open at 7 p.m. All seating is unreserved.
The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org/events.
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