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Production Studio Nights

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Pixar Animation Studios
Tuesday, 12 August, 8 - 11 pm
Nokia Theatre

Screening of "The Man Who Planted Trees" Followed by a Conversation With Frédéric Back and John Lasseter
8 - 9 pm

Over the last 20 years or so, John Lasseter has redefined the animation industry, shaping the way we watch animation and showing us the sweetness, complexities, and hilarities in the simplest and most unlikely places.
Frédéric Back, a two-time Academy Award winner for "Crac" and "The Man Who Planted Trees" (above), joins John Lasseter for a rare conversation about the passions to which he has committed his life: animation, art, and the environment.

An exhibit of Frédéric Back's work is available for viewing at the Linwood Dunn Theater of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Mary Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study, 1313 Vine Street, Los Angeles.

Screening of "The Pixar Story" With Introduction and Q&A by Director Leslie Iwerks and Friends
9 - 11 pm
An in-depth look behind the scenes of the ground-breaking company that pioneered a new generation of animation and forever changed the face of filmmaking. Using never-before-seen footage from the Pixar library, along with historic archival animation and first-hand accounts by animators, studio executives, directors, producers, and voice performers, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Leslie Iwerks tells the riveting story of the Bay Area start-up that revolutionized Hollywood.

Sony Pictures Imageworks
Wednesday, 13 August, 8 - 11 pm
Nokia Theatre

Saying that Stan Winston helped transform visual effects into a legendary industry is a good beginning to recognizing his contribution and his legacy. He altered the course of movies when he transformed makeup effects from latex to animatronics. His credo ("I don't do effects, I do characters") provided the foundation for a veritable galaxy of interstellar aliens, menacing chrome robots, and predatory dinosaurs. Hs work blurred the lines between makeup, puppetry, and visual effects.

In films ranging from "Terminator" to "Edward Scissorhands" to "Iron Man," audiences could barely discern where the actor ended and the effects began. Winston inspired legions of directors, visual effects supervisors, and artists to stretch their abilities beyond what they knew to be possible. He challenged our imaginations, inspired our creativity, and showed us worlds we couldn't have conceived. His insatiable curiosity even moved beyond the film world into robotics and artificial intelligence, in innovations that found their way from the labs at MIT to the workshop in Van Nuys. Sony Pictures Imageworks presents an evening of tributes, celebrations, clips, and memories of Stan Winston and his legacy.

A screening of a classic Stan Winston film follows the discussion.

Thursday, 14 August, 8 - 11 pm
Nokia Theatre

LucasFilm presents an advance screening of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," the much-anticipated animated feature film from director Dave Filoni and executive producer George Lucas. This event, hosted by ILM Visual Effects Supervisor John Knoll, begins with a discussion of the film's unique design and signature style. The intergalactic struggle between good and evil continues with a screening of the next "Star Wars" adventure to hit the silver screen.