Are Nicholas Cage and Johnny Depp Appearing at NAB?

Published On March 7, 2011 | By admin | 3D, Animation, film, film production

Not exactly, but although the two stars are not actually on the speaker list, two of their most recent films will most certainly be represented in the Content Theater during the 2011 NAB show coming to Las Vegas from April 9th through the 14th.  Some of the memorable highlights from last year came from panels talking about “Alice In Wonderland” and “How to Train Your Dragon”, delighting audiences with stories and anecdotes about how those wonderful motion pictures were made.  So, I’m sure that this year’s attendees are probably curious to know what the show has planned in a few weeks, especially since it is open to everyone and FREE!

The suspense is over and the sessions and speakers scheduled so far have been posted on the site, but keep in mind that last year there were some last minute surprises including a conversation with Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.  As of now, the events read like this:

Monday, April 11, 10:00 am – 11:15 am:  Fore! 3D Golf at the Sony Open – The Golf Channel, PGA Tour Entertainment, Element Technica and Sony Electronics come in and discuss how the 2011 Sony Open in Hawaii was produced in 3D including the technical challenges they faced in covering golf and the benefits derived from it.  Speakers on this panel are the Editorial Director of the Sports Video Group Ken Kerschbaumer, 3D Director of the Sony Open Steve Beim, Senior Director of Technical Operations for the PGA Tour David Dukes, Senior Integration Specialist for Element Technica Michael Rintoul and the Director of 3D Business Development for Sony Rob Willox. 

Monday, April 11, 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm:  Drive Angry: High Octane 3D From Script to Screen –  Director Patrick Lussier, DP Brian Pearson and the “Drive Angry” team of Actor/Writer Todd Farmer, VFX Supervisor Glenn Neufeld and the CTO of PFX Camera Systems Max Penner will show how they rewrote the 3D rulebook creating hard driving Nicholas Cage action picture.  Find out how they used 3D to unspool the narrative, heightening the effects and bringing the audience closer.  They will explain how they solved many challenges including shooting 3D in extreme low-light conditions and capturing 3D car chases, fight scenes and explosions.  This promises to be a thrilling hour of conversation with filmmakers who are among the best in the business at shooting live action digital 3D productions. 

Monday, April 11, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm:  Carmen 3D: Drama, Music and Dance Brought to Life Through Stereography –  “Carmen in 3D” introduces a new operatic experience by striking a delicate balance between theatrical music performance and 3D cinema.  Capturing a night at the opera and shot during live performances, the film shows everything from activities during the pre-curtain call to the preparations made backstage.  Find out how the work of a stage and libretto director was merged with the vision of a motion picture director to create this unique presentation.  The filmmakers will discuss how they created the best 3D possible through camera placement and movement, lens choice and other technical decisions.  This will be a very special glimpse into the creation of the first 3D opera photographed for a feature film release including a discussion about the work of the various department heads and the impact the process had on the performances of the actors. Speakers for this session are the President of Consumer Electronics at RealD Bob Mayson, Director/Editor Julian Napier and Producer Phil Streather.

Tuesday, April 12, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm: “Rango” The Next Step in CG Animation – The team that created the latest Johnny Depp hit “Rango”, the story of a contemporary pet chameleon who takes on the role of sheriff when he journeys back in time to a wild west town will help the audience explore the new world of CG animated feature film production.  The filmmakers will discuss how they created the movie’s imaginary southwest setting and brought the characters to life by applying live action techniques to every aspect of the film.  Discover how they developed a dense and textured photographic look and designed more than 60 intricate animal and insect-like townspeople. Variety’s David S. Cohen is joined by Tim Alexander, the VFX Supervisor from Industrial Light & Magic and the Animation Director from Industrial Light & Magic Hal Hickel for this special hour examining one of the most popular and groundbreaking films to be released so far this year. 

Tuesday, April 12, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm:  The State of Solid State Lighting in Image Acquisition and Reproduction: A Report from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Science and Technology Council (AMPAS) –  A two-year study by the Council that was aimed at facilitating the use of Solid State technology within the entertainment industry has uncovered significant color reproduction challenges.  This session will provide a context-setting introduction to illumination concepts and technology and lighting standards and practices in motion picture production and other environments.  It will also include real-world photographic examples created by Hollywood’s leading cinematographers, art directors, makeup artists and costumes designers as well as a technical discussion about the interaction between varying illuminant spectral power distributions and imager spectral sensitivities and proposed metrics to improve image reproduction quality and predictability. 

Wednesday, April 13, 10:00 am – 11:30 am: Content Showcase Theatre Produced by Mobile Excellence Awards:  A showcase of 3D and entertainment content from the winners of this year’s Mobile Excellence Awards, which are the most influential and prestigious in the industry.  During the presentation the audience will learn how their innovation in delivering and expanding entertainment content in the mobile space has propelled them to the forefront of that part of the industry. Speakers during the presentation include Steven Amato, partner in Omelet; Thomas Ellsworth, CEO of GoTVNetworks; President of ChatMe TV Scott Holmes; Kal Moss, the Sr. Engineering Director at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America; President of AEG Network LIVE John Rubey; the President and General Manager of July Systems Kelvin Rowlette; the VP and Managing Director of NeuLion Richard Yelen; and the CEO of Tap11 Adam Zbar.  

Wednesday, April 13, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: 2011 New York Festivals International TV & Film Grand Winners:  The best submissions from this year’s global competition are screened uncut and the members of these creative teams talk about their experiences and the challenges currently facing digital filmmakers.

Wednesday, April 13, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm:  Best of the 48 Go Green: A creation of the 48 Hour Film Project, this session will feature a world premiere screening of the top films from the recently completed 48 Go Green, the largest global eco-filmmaking challenge in the world.  In February 2011 during a single weekend over 300 teams fro 21 countries around the world produced eco-theme short films, which were no longer than six minutes.  The narratives had to include a character, prop and line of dialogue and will be screened for the very first time at the Content Theater during the NAB show.  Mark Rupport, Creator of the 48 Hour Film Project and 48 Go Green Executive Producer will host the event along with Francisco Vitali, the Founder and Executive Producer of 48 Go Green.

If you are planning to attend the NAB show, I have a special offer to pass along to the readers of Filmmakers Notebook.  Here is a special registration code that will give you FREE ACCESS to the Exhibit Floor, the Opening Keynote and State of the Industry Address, Info Sessions, Content Theater, Exhibits and PITS, which add up to a $150 value.  Please pass this along and visit to redeem or register at with the code SM06.

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One Response to Are Nicholas Cage and Johnny Depp Appearing at NAB?

  1. Josh says:

    I wish I knew about the registration code before I registered a few weeks ago. Would have been nice to save that $150. :)

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