Visual effects wonks (like me) who are lucky enough to live in L.A. may want to show up on Thursday, November 18 for the Academy’s Science and Technology Council program “Visualize This: Previs in the Making of Star Trek.” Using clips and behind-the-scenes footage, a panel led by Star Trek writer-producer Damon Lindelof (Lost, Cowboys & Aliens) will explore the challenges and opportunities of the previsualization (previs) process at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.
They will walk the audience through sequences from J.J. Abrams’ reboot of Star Trek (which earned a VFX Oscar nom) to show how new technology, 3-D animation tools, virtual environments and other complex innovations in previs are changing filmmaking. Previs is an evolving pre-production process that enables filmmakers to explore creative visions through visual references for complicated film shots and sequences long before production begins.
The panel of Star Trek collaborators includes David Dozoretz, senior previsualization supervisor; Brian Pohl, previsualization supervisor; Roger Guyett, visual effects supervisor; Marc Evans, production executive; and film editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey. Also joining the panel are production designer and academy tech council member Alex McDowell and previs supervisor Chris Edwards.
Tickets for “Visualize This” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets are available for purchase by mail, at the Academy box office (8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), or online.