The Visual Effects Society has opened registration for the 2012 VES Summit to be held October 13th at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Marina del Rey. The VES describes the event:

EVOLUTION: Portals/Social/Cloud/Mobile
Opportunities and complexities abound. Technology offers us tremendous access to the world and its global village. The 2012 VES Summit will shine a spotlight on the intersection between creative content and the business bottom line with a focus on how social media impacts decision making on all levels.

Previous VES Summit

Keynote Speakers
George Whitesides- CEO, Virgin Galactic
Sean Carroll - Senior Research Associate in Physics, California Institute of Technology.

Featured Speaker
Albert Cheng - Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer, Digital Media, Disney/ABC Television Group.

Other highlights include:
A Discussion on The State of the Industry
Jim Morris General Manager and Executive Vice President of Production, Pixar Animation Studios.

Tax Incentives Around the Globe: The Whys and Wherefores of Taking Advantage of Domestic and International Incentives
Mary Ann Hughes Vice President, Film and Television Production Planning, The Walt Disney Company.

Is Television VFX the Future of Feature Film VFX?
Sam Nicholson, ASC CEO and Founder, Stargate Studios and Andrew Orloff Executive Creative Director / VFX Supervisor, Zoic Studios.

Scott Ross

A Freewheeling Conversation with Scott Ross
Co-Founder, Former CEO Digital Domain.

For a complete list of speakers and bios:

There are also the popular Breakfast Round Tables which include topics like
- The Challenges of 3D Stereo Capture
- 2D to 3D Conversion, 4K - Are You Ready?
- Kickstarter: Raising Funds Online for Your Project
- Open Source Development/Trends
- Staff Retention and Company Culture

For a complete list visit:

The full day event is $395 for VES members, $495 for non members until October 5th when that price jumps to $595.

fxguide has covered this event in previous years, there are links in the related links area to the right of this article to those stories. We have always found it to be a unique and thought provoking day.
The main site for the event and links to registration can be found:

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