Autodesk plans Digital Film Tour 2007

MUMBAI: Autodesk Inc will be launching the Digital Film Tour 2007, a six-city tour to explore the changing landscape of digital filmmaking in India.

The tour will start off in Mumbai on 24 May and will proceed to Chennai on 26 May. Present at the event will be Hollywood artistes including South African The Video Lab’s General Manager and VFX producer Tracey Williams, and Sony Pictures Imageworks’ Chuck McIlvain, who was the character pipeline supervisor for Spider-Man 3. Also joining the event will be Prime Focus’ business head – digital intermediate division Rohan Desai.

The event will focus on the Digital Intermediate (DI) and Visual Effects (VFX) aspects of post production by demystifying Hollywood’s most recent hit – Spider-Man 3, as well as Indian films such as Guru and Eklavya.

While Tracey Williams of The Video Labs will cover the entire DI spectrum, unraveling the mystery of digital intermediate with Autodesk Lustre, Chuck McIlvain of Sony Pictures Imageworks will share on how he used Autodesk Maya to create the tangle of computer generated villains and heroes brought to life in this latest instalment of the Spider-Man series. Additionally, Desai will provide an India flavour by throwing light on how DI has been leveraged in Guru and Eklavya to depict a progressive story line and tell a story through colours.

Says Autodesk regional manager systems Pankaj Kedia, “The Digital Film Tour is a way for Autodesk to give back to the industry. Through the event we hope to educate users about the potential of using digital technologies in film as well as provide insight into the new and innovative ways of doing this.”