The 4th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia
Conference 12-15 December • Exhibition 13-15 December • Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

Special Sessions

The Art of Making Stereoscopic 3D Animated Films

Tuesday 13 December | 15:00 - 16:15 | Theater 1

The 2D cinema has enjoyed an uninterrupted span of more than a century in which to mature in its artistry, and develop a language with which to convey the emotion of a story to an audience. This audience has, in turn, had an equal amount of time in which to develop an understanding and appreciation of cinema's nuance.

The 3D cinema, although it made its debut not that much later, has up to now been characterized by a history of fits and starts, and has not had an equivalent opportunity to mature as an art form. It is, however, currently enjoying a renaissance that is being fueled by digital means of content capture, creation, distribution and display. Walt Disney Animation Studios was at the leading edge of this rebirth, releasing the very first digital 3D feature film, "Chicken Little". From that point on, Disney has tried to envision what the art of 3D filmmaking would be like if it had enjoyed as much time as 2D in which to mature, and the resulting approach to stereography has been used on Disney's subsequent animation projects with an increasing refinement of technique.

Robert Neuman, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Robert Neuman is the Stereoscopic Department Head for Walt Disney Animation Studios. His latest work, the 3D conversion of "The Lion King" set box office records, and their 50th animated feature,"Tangled", garnered the 3D Creative Arts Award for Best 3D Scene of the Year. Robert's 3D expertise is complemented by cinematography experience as a Layout Artist and Supervisor, and a technical background in electrical engineering. His innovations in stereoscopic filmmaking were honored with a Lumiere Award for 3D technology and ten Disney Inventor Awards. Robert's recent filmography also includes the stereography of "Beauty and the Beast" and "Bolt".