Thursday, October 30, 2008

5D: The Future of Immersive Design Conference in Long Beach

Keynote speakers like Henry Jenkins (far left) from MIT and panelists like Gore Verbinski (center) (director of the Pirates of the Carribbean movies) and Rick Carter (production designer for Stephen Spielberg and Robert Zemekis) made the 5D conference on immersive design put together by Alex McDowell (on right) an excellent start to what will hopefully be a continuing series of conferences on Immersive Design.

This international conference explored the impact of rapidly changing technologies in design for narrative media - film and television, game design, animation, interactive media, architecture and environment - for artists, designers, scholars, educators, and students. The definition of narrative media is changing rapidly as traditional storytelling disciplines expand and converge. A new breed of designer is emerging who can flow freely between the real and the virtual; between media and across cultures.

Presented by the University Art Museum (UAM) at California State University, Long Beach and the Art Directors Guild (ADG), this international conference assembled the design world's leading pioneers and academics in an open exchange of ideas and insights about new design processes within the entertainment industry and the delivery of the immersive experience.

The event was attended by over 500 award-winning production designers and art directors, visual and digital artists, designers, architects, animators, as well as leading academics in these fields and their students: the future of the industry.

Click on the heading above to read more about the conference and the many panelists.

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