Paul Debevec to Participate in Academy of Motion Pictures Panel on Acting in the Digital Age

April 22, 2010 | Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills, CA

Speaker: Paul Debevec, ICT
Host: Academy Governor Bill Kroyer

Revolutionary developments in digital technology are impacting every aspect of filmmaking, including the discipline of acting. Today’s actors are performing in ways their predecessors couldn’t have imagined.
Short Films and Feature Animation Branch governor Bill Kroyer will lead an evening focused on two Oscar-winning films – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008) and “Avatar” (2009) – to demonstrate how innovations in performance-capture technology, digital doubles, digital makeup, photorealism and image manipulation are affecting actors.

“Acting in the Digital Age” will feature a panel of cast and crew members from both films who will discuss the challenges and opportunities that come with these changing technologies. The program includes film clips and behind-the-scenes footage of the actors at work.

Kroyer received an Academy Award nomination for his 1988 short film “Technological Threat,” which pioneered the technique of combining hand-drawn and computer animation. He directed the animated feature film “FernGully: The Last Rainforest” (1992), was senior animation director at Rhythm & Hues Studios in Los Angeles, and is Director of Digital Arts of the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University.

Scheduled guests:
Peter Donald Badalamenti – Actor, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Richard Baneham – Animation supervisor, “Avatar” (2009 Academy Award winner, Visual Effects)
Paul Debevec – Co-creator of Light Stage (2009 Scientific and Technical Award winner)
Jon Landau – Producer, “Avatar” (2009 Best Picture nominee)
Joel David Moore – Actor, “Avatar”
CCH Pounder – Actor, “Avatar”
Steve Preeg – Character supervisor, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008 Academy Award winner, Visual Effects)
Andy Serkis – Actor, “King Kong,” “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy
Wes Studi – Actor, “Avatar”
Garrett Warren – Stunt coordinator, “Avatar”