The four days of talks at the 2019 edition of the VIEW Conference are packed with an incredible lineup of speakers, including Brad Bird, Rob Bredow, Rob Legato, Jill Culton, Paul Debevec, and Guy Williams. It’s a group of speakers that is without doubt the best in Europe outside of Germany’s FMX conference in the early spring.

It’s an incredibly important event for artists located in southern Europe, as well as students working on their degrees in Italy. The talks aren’t at a very technical level, but for those entering the industry it could be useful (experienced artists are better served attending other events). You can check out the full lineup of speakers for the conference and register for the event at the VIEW website. It’s the highlight of the fall season conference-wise.

What I really enjoy about the event is the diversity. It brings together professionals in the animation, visual effects, virtual reality, digital design and gaming industries. There are workshops and other events, but the talks are a big attraction. The overlap between presentations is not as numerous as other conferences and attendees end up being exposed to interesting presentations that are maybe slightly outside one’s focus, expanding one’s knowledge in a different direction. The conference is not in-depth or very technical, but can be enjoyable to attend.

Last year, the conference moved to a beautiful new location which provided much more space for attendees as well as multiple presentation rooms. Turin is an easy city to explore via walking, with shopping streets close by and beautiful walks along the Po River. And then there’s my favorite place in the city, Open Baladin Torino, an amazing brew pub with a goal that the owner says is to “turn Turin into the capital of Italian craft beer in northern Italy.”

Here are a few highlights from the list of what will be many great talks at the event. You can download the full conference schedule on the VIEW website:

Setting the Table: The Art of the Movie Opening

Brad Bird – Director, Screenwriter, Animator


Jill Culton – Writer/Director of Abominable, Dreamworks

Closing Keynote

Rob Legato – VFX Supervisor, The Lion King

Star Wars: Over Four Decades of Storytelling with Innovation

Rob Bredow – SVP, Executive Creative Director and Head of ILM

Vers, Fury and Furry creatures, the VFX of Captain Marvel

Janelle Croshaw Ralla – VFX Supervisor, Captain Marvel

Why Digital Performance? Weta Digital Presents Gemini Man

Guy Williams – VFX Supervisor, Weta Digital

The Art of Aladdin: “Let’s make some magic!”

Daniele Bigi, VFX Supervisor, ILM

Masterclass: Creating The Spider-Verse: Developing Stylized Looks

Danny Dimian, VFX Supervisor, Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse


Other highlights include Pixar’s Dylan Sisson, who will be giving updates in the development of RenderMan, and Hugo Guerra, who will be giving two Masterclasses related to Nuke.

Pixar’s Dylan Sisson presenting at VIEW Conference 2018