VIEW Conference 2022 has just announced that acclaimed, Oscar-nominated stop-motion filmmaker Henry Selick has been named the recipient of this year’s VIEW Visionary Award, which honors individuals who have consistently advanced the state of the art in their chosen field. The award will be presented at the upcoming VIEW 2022 conference, taking place October 16-21 in Turin, Italy.
At the conference, the acclaimed director, who in 2010 was nominated for an Academy Award for Coralinewill present Wendell and savagehis new animated feature for Netflix, in which two demons team up with a teenage punk rocker and leave the underworld for the Land of the Living. Wendell and savage premieres on the streamer on October 28.
“Henry Selick is a true artist and visionary filmmaker,” says conference director Dr. Maria Elena Gutierrez. “He has an incredible ability to bring out our secret dreams and turn them into something unforgettable. His films are dark, beautiful, rich in symbolism and filled with the most magnificent imagery. I am delighted to welcome him to the VIEW Conference 2022, and especially thrilled to honor his accomplishments by presenting him with this year’s VIEW Visionary Award.
Selick is the creative force behind award-winning animated films Coraline – LAIKA’s first and still most successful feature film – which he wrote, directed and co-produced; the emblematic The Nightmare Before Christmas, which he directed for producer Tim Burton and Disney; and James and the giant peachwhich he made for Disney.
His last movie, Wendell and savage, based on its original story, was co-written and co-produced with Jordan Peele, who voices one of the titular characters along with Keegan Michael Key. Selick says his fantastical, scary and funny films are for “brave kids of all ages” and believes that stop-motion, the oldest form of animation and his chosen technique, is the most magical and timeless.
Previous VIEW Visionary Award winners include Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Dennis Muren, Academy Award-nominated animated feature director Nora Twomey, Oscar-winning Pixar designer/director Ralph Eggleston, and Oscar-winning cinematographer Sir Roger Deakins. .
The VIEW International Conference brings together industry professionals, thought leaders, students and enthusiasts to not only share and celebrate the latest achievements in animation, visual effects and games, but also to share their visions of the future. The conference’s dynamic and inclusive atmosphere is designed to enlighten and inspire, with an extensive live program of talks, presentations, workshops and masterclasses embracing cutting-edge thinking on topics as diverse as storytelling, production virtual, computer graphics, interactive and immersive media, VR / AR / Mixed Reality and the Metaverse, Artificial Intelligence, Real-Time Rendering and much more.
VIEW invites students and professionals to the Recruitment Fair – an opportunity to showcase talent to major game and movie studios, share reels, and meet mentors. Recruiters include Industrial Light & Magic, Framestore, Alps Studios, Trixter, Axis Studios, El Ranchito and Rotomaker.
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Source: VIEW 2022
Dan Sarto is the publisher and editor of Animation World Network.