SIGGRAPH 2010 By Focus
Inspiring stories, surprising behind-the-scenes revelations, and fearless predictions from the most influential practitioners in computer graphics, interactive techniques, and related fields.
Don Marinelli, Executive Producer, Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center
Don Marinelli, professor of Drama and Arts Management, is the executive producer of Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center, a joint initiative between the College of Fine Arts and the School of Computer Science. The initiative brings artists and technologists together to produce installations that entertain, inform, inspire, or otherwise affect an audience, guest, player, or participant.
Over the past 29 years, he has served various roles at Carnegie Mellon, including co-creator of the Master of Arts Management Program, co-creator of the Master of Fine Arts in Acting degree program with the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia, and co-founder (with Randy Pausch) of the Master of Entertainment Technology Degree Program. He holds degrees from the University of Tampa and Duquesne University, and a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.
His book, The Comet and the Tornado, published this year, recounts the six years he and Pausch shared an office and created the center that has become recognized internationally as Carnegie Mellon’s “Dream Fulfillment Factory”.
Jim Morris, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Production, Pixar Animation Studios
Jim Morris, Pixar’s General Manager/Executive Vice Pesident Production, has worked as a producer and production executive in the motion picture industry for many years and is currently producing Disney’s "John Carter of Mars" for release in 2012. He is the production executive on Pixar’s films, including "Ratatouille", "Up", "Toy Story 3", "Cars 2", "Brave", and "Monsters, Inc. 2". He produced Pixar’s "WALL•E", which won the Oscar for Best Animated Film in 2009.
Prior to Pixar, he worked for Lucasfilm and its divisions for 17 years. He served as President of Lucas Digital Ltd. for 11 years, where he was responsible for Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm Animation, and Skywalker Sound. Concurrently, he served as ILM's General Manager, where he supervised a staff of more than 1,400 artists and technicians, and guided the largest visual effects facility in the entertainment industry. Under his leadership, ILM created the groundbreaking, Academy Award-winning visual effects seen in "Jurassic Park", "Death Becomes Her", "Forrest Gump", and over 150 other films.
For his work on "WALL•E", he received a British Academy Award (BAFTA), The Golden Globe, the AFI Award, the National Board of Review Award, the Los Angeles Film Critics Best Picture Award, the Broadcast Film Critics Award, the Monitor Award, the Saturn Award, the VES Award for Outstanding Animation, and the Producers Guild Award.
He earned a BS degree in film, from the Newhouse School, Syracuse University, and he holds a MS in television and radio from the same institution. He has served as president of the San Francisco Film Commission and was the founding chair of the Visual Effects Society (VES). He is a member of the Motion Picture Academy and the Producers Guild.