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From University Lab to Movie Screen and Back Again: How Does Research Change Production Tools, and How Do Production Needs Influence Academic Research?

Wednesday, 3 August, 3:45 - 5:30 pm
Petree Hall C

How and when do academic research ideas make their way into feature animation and visual effects production facilities? What kinds of graphics research ideas have made good production tools, and how are they transformed by practical experience and needs? What pressing production issues should be considered in academic circles? To what extent is the industry using standardized tools, which might be slowing adoption of new techniques? How are intellectual property issues resolved? How could academia and industry work together more closely to bridge the gaps? Panelists from academia and production explore these and other issues in this vital relationship.


Daniel Goldman
University of Washington


Tony DeRose
Pixar Animation Studios

Andrew Hendrickson

Barbara Mones
University of Washington

Paul Salvini
Side Effects Software Inc.

Steve Sullivan
Industrial Light & Magic