The View Conference, Italy’s premier event celebrating the best in Animation, VFX, Games, VR and Computer Graphics, has just confirmed that Brendan Greene, creator of the genre-defining game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), will speak at the upcoming 2019 conference, which runs October 21-25 in Turin, Italy. Greene joins CH Kim, CEO of PUBG Corporation, who will deliver a Keynote presentation titled “PUBG: A Creative by Global Underdogs that Stunned the World.” Greene joins the VIEW Conference’s exciting array of top speakers, which includes 3-time Oscar winner Rob Legato, visual effects supervisor for Disney’s The Lion King; Conrad Vernon, director of The Addams Family; 2-time Oscar winner Brad Bird, director of Incredibles 2; Peter Ramsey, Oscar-winning director of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; and many others presenting keynotes, workshops, masterclasses and project talks at the event.
Green, a BAFTA-nominated video game designer from Ireland, spent most his life as a graphic artist, photographer and DJ, before working in videogame design by way of modding in 2012. His mods for the ARMA series of games are widely seen as the beginnings of the “Battle Royale” genre. Created at Korea-based Bluehole Inc., and released in 2017, Greene’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds quickly became a huge success, selling over 50 million copies across PCs and consoles; the mobile version has been downloaded more than 400 million times to date. Greene is now based in Amsterdam, leading a new team at PUBG Special Projects.
“I feel proud that so many amazing directors, artists, and animators want to come to VIEW to present their work and lead workshops for our attendees this year,” says conference director Dr. Maria Elena Gutierrez. “I believe the program we have crafted for 2019 will be the deepest ever.”
Joining Greene and Kim is an impressive set of games industry speakers, including Media Molecule founder Siobhan Reddy; former Halo creative director Josh Holmes, co-founder of Midwinter Entertainment; and Milan Jovovic, co-founder and CCO, and Nikola Damjanov, lead game artist, from Top Eleven creator Nordeus.
VIEW 2019’s lineup also includes talks by Jill Culton, writer and director of DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s upcoming animated feature, Abominable, and Maureen Fan, CEO and co-founder of 6-time Emmy-winning interactive animation studio Baobab Studios, creators of Invasion!, Asteroids! and Crow: The Legend.
In addition, VIEW 2019’s program features talks by Oscar-winning filmmaker Ralph Eggleston; 2-time Oscar nominee, director Dean DeBlois, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World; Palme d’Or nominee Conrad Vernon, The Addams Family; Netflix’s Sergio Pablos, Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino; 2-time Daytime Emmy Award winner Eric Darnell, COO Baobab, director, the Madagascar series; Oscar nominee Rob Bredow, SVP and executive creative director, ILM; Tom Wujec, tech pioneer, writer, consultant; and Daniel Zajfman, president, Weizmann Institute of Science.
The international VIEW Conference, Italy’s leading event for Computer Graphics, Interactive and Immersive Storytelling, Animation, Visual Effects, Games, and VR, AR, and Mixed Reality, brings top professionals from those fields to the beautiful baroque city of Turin, Italy for a week of talks, presentations, and workshops.
This year’s conference takes place from October 21 to 25 in the exciting new OGR venue. Registration is now open.
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Source: VIEW Conference 2019
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-at-Large of Animation World Network.