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"The Polar Express": Artists and Technicians Reveal How They Transformed a 3D Train Ride Into a 3D Stereoscopic Adventure

Thursday, 4 August, 11:30 am - 1:15 pm
California Science Center IMAX Theater

When "The Polar Express" left the station and exploded onto movie screens, first in 3D and then in stereoscopic 3D, we saw that the art of moviemaking had once again been forever transformed. In this Special Session at the IMAX Theater at the California Science Center, visual effects supervisors, artists, and technologists show how they transformed Robert Zemeckis' painterly film into an exciting IMAX escapade. This unique session features footage from "The Polar Express" and some very early glimpses at a Sony Pictures Imageworks project still in production, both in true 70mm stereoscopic IMAX.

Important Note: Due to limited seating, tickets are required for entrance to this Special Session at the California Science Center IMAX Theater. Tickets are distributed to Full Conference and Conference Select registrants who board the shuttle buses. There is no additional charge for tickets, but they are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendance Is limited to the 480-seat capacity of the IMAX Theater.


Sande Scoredos
Sony Pictures Imageworks


Rob Engle
Sony Pictures Imageworks


Rob Bredow
Sony Pictures Imageworks

Hugh Murray
IMAX Corporation