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Sunday, July 20, 2008

The DGA's Digital Day Agenda, for 8.2.08

The Director's Guild of America doesn't promote its annual "Digital Day" outside its membership... and doesn't share much of what happens there (aside from the occasional photo spread in the DGA Monthly magazine.)

That's a shame; I think aspiring DGA members would benefit from some video of the demos that take place, audio of the panels, and blogging about the event in general. If the Guild wanted to invest just a little bit in the next generation of directors, I think it'd pay off in a big way.

Anyhow, this year's Digital Day takes place in LA next Saturday, August 2nd, and the agenda looks interesting: sessions on motion capture, 3D television, virtual worlds, and developing content for the Internet and mobile phones. The theme this year is "Size Matters: Creating Content for Big and Small Screens."

Among the speakers are 3D cinematography gurus Vince Pace and Steve Schklair; Eric Brevig, director of 'Journey to the Center of the Earth'; directors Penelope Spheeris, Marshall Herskovitz, and Demian Lichtenstein; and lots of animation and visual effects supervisors. Apple, Avid, Red, Panavision, and Thomson Grass Valley are among the companies offering hands-on demos.

Here's the full agenda in PDF form. Note that if you have a friend who is a DGA member, they can bring you as a guest for just $35.

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