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CGIStudio: Thirty Years, One Renderer

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CGIStudio: Thirty Years, One Renderer

Monday, 31 July, 3:45 pm - 5:15 pm, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles Convention Center - Room 403AB

In February 2017, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored Carl Ludwig, Eugene Troubetzkoy, and Maurice van Swaaij with a Sci-Tech Award "for the pioneering development of the CGIStudio renderer at Blue Sky Studios". This year is also the 30th anniversary of CGIStudio, which demonstrated the feasibility of ray tracing and global illumination in visual effects and animation. The first ray-traced animated feature film was Blue Sky's "Ice Age" (2002).

This panel presents a few of the CGIStudio pioneers for a moderated discussion of how Blue Sky managed to challenge the industry's conventional approach to CG production, including Carl Ludwig, (Blue Sky's CTO and the visionary behind CGIStudio), Academy Award ® winning directors Chris Wedge and John Kahrs, and Academy Sci-Tech Award recipient Hilmar Koch.

Maurice van Swaaij
Blue Sky Studios

Carl Ludwig
Blue Sky Studios

Chris Wedge
Blue Sky Studios

John Kahrs
Broad Reach Pictures

Hilmar Koch