-- Visual Effects and Sound Team Discuss How They Brought the 'Star Wars' Universe to Life --
WASHINGTON — (BUSINESS WIRE) — April 4, 2017 — NAB Show will feature the Super Session â€ś The Force Returns: 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story',â€ť produced in collaboration with Motion Picture Sound Editors, on Wednesday, April 26 at 2:00 p.m. in Las Vegas. The session will showcase how sound and visual effects worked together to help produce the box office hit for Lucasfilm.
John Knoll, executive producer and VFX supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM); Hal Hickel, animation supervisor at ILM; and Matthew Wood, supervising sound editor at Skywalker Sound will discuss how they brought the magic of â€śStar Warsâ€ť to life featuring more than 1,700 visual effects shots, including new spaceships, fresh weapons, and Droids for which Skywalker Sound designed distinctive, original sounds. The session will address how ILM and Skywalker Sound balanced new and classic elements of the film through technical innovations like virtual production, their proprietary "Flux" software, and an innovative production pipeline.
â€śCutting-edge sound and visual effects have been key to the success of the 'Star Wars' franchise from the beginning," said Chris Brown, NAB executive vice president, Conventions and Business Operations. â€śWe look forward to hearing from these sound and visual effects leaders about the techniques and tools they used to bring the film to life.â€ť
Knoll is chief creative officer and senior visual effects supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic. Over his more than 30 years with the company, Knoll has led the visual effects on more than 20 feature films and commercials. For â€śRogue One: A Star Wars Story,â€ť Knoll served as chief creative officer and led the development of the filmâ€™s concepts and original story. Knoll received Academy Award nominations for â€śStar Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace,â€ť â€śStar Wars: Episode II, Attack of the Clones,â€ť and â€śPirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,â€ť as well as BAFTA nominations for â€śStar Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace,â€ť and â€śPirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.â€ť â€śRogue Oneâ€ť also received nominations from both the Academy and BAFTA for Visual Effects and Sound.
Hickel is an animation supervisor for Industrial Light & Magic. He is best known for his work on â€śRogue One: A Star Wars Story,â€ť â€śIron Manâ€ť and â€śPirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,â€ť for which he was awarded an Oscar. During his career, Hickel has received five BAFTA nominations, a Visual Effects Society Nomination for Outstanding Visual Effects, and was the Animation Supervisor on â€śRango,â€ť which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
Wood has been bringing digital technology to the forefront of filmmaking for over 25 years. He is a supervising sound editor at Skywalker Sound and received an Academy Award nomination for his work on â€śRogue One: A Star Wars Story.â€ť Wood also contributed to the 2015 blockbuster â€śStar Wars: The Force Awakens,â€ť and the â€śStar Wars Rebelsâ€ť animated series. He also served as the supervising sound editor on Paul Thomas Andersonâ€™s â€śThere Will Be Bloodâ€ť and Disney/Pixarâ€™s â€śWALL-E,â€ť which earned him a BAFTA and Academy Award nominations on both films. In addition to his sound editing work, Wood lent his acting talents to a variety of â€śStar Warsâ€ť characters including General Grievous for â€śRevenge of the Sith.â€ť
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