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The Story Behind the Digital Imagery of Star Wars: Episode 1 "The Phantom Menace"
 
A discussion of the scene behind the scenes, from concept artwork to the final render, of the making of the first in the prequel series of Star Wars.
 
Panelists
Rob Coleman
Ned Gorman
John Knoll
Christian Rouet
Scott Squires

Industrial Light & Magic
 
 
Web3D RoundUP: Tomorrow's Visions of Web-Based Virtual Reality
 
A fun-filled evening featuring fast-paced demos of the latest real-time 3D graphics for the Internet.
 
Organizer
Don Brutzman
Naval Postgraduate School
 
Master of Ceremonies
Timothy Childs
Oz
 
 
Animation Then and Now
 
As digital technology demolishes creative barriers, character and story become more important than ever. This Special Session explored creation of memorable characters on the frontier of technology and how to develop stories that capture the imagination.
 
Moderator
Leonard Maltin
"Entertainment Tonight" and Playboy magazine film critic, host of "Leonard Maltin Presents" on Odyssey and a daily radio program ("Leonard Maltin's Video View"), author of a definitive annual guide to film and video, and unabashed animation fan.
 
Panelists
Henry Anderson
Sony Pictures Imageworks
Winner of a primetime Emmy for Best Visual Effects for his work on "The Last Halloween," creator of the Coca-Cola "Polar Bears," and a lead animator for "Stuart Little," scheduled for Christmas 1999 release.
 
Bill Kroyer
 
Rob Minkoff
Sony Pictures Imageworks
Director of "The Lion King" and the forthcoming "Stuart Little," and a member of the animation crew for The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast."
 
  Fiction 2000: Technology, Tradition, and the Essence of Story
 
Can we use networked computers to tell each other stories that approach the complexity and power of the modern novel? This Special Session imagined the shape of fiction on the Internet over the next 10-15 years.
 
Organizer
Andrew Glassner
Microsoft Research
 
Moderator
Curtis Wong
Microsoft Research
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