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News: 2017 NAB Show Presents Next Generation Image Making Super Session
on Apr 17, 2017 at 10:16:42 pm
Last Edited By Ralph Hajik on Apr 17, 2017 at 10:18:06 pm

NAB Show, the world’s largest annual convention encompassing the convergence of media, entertainment and technology, will feature “Next Generation Imaging – Taking Content Creation to New Places,” on Tuesday, April 25, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., a Super Session that will provide attendees with an exclusive look into how next generation imaging has the potential to transform image making for all forms of content. The convention takes place April 22–27 in Las Vegas.

Jon Karafin, CEO of Light Field Lab Inc.; Gavin Miller, head of Adobe Research, Adobe; Andrew Shulkind, director of photography, technologist; Steve Sullivan, general manager, Holographic Imaging, Microsoft will discuss how light field, volumetric capture, real-time rendering, computational photography and machine intelligence are blurring the lines between live action and computer-generated imaging for all content – including feature films, TV, video games and VR. These pioneering industry leaders will share their knowledge about how these new technologies work, what the current limitations and promise are, and how they might alter not only how images for scripts are created, but also the foundation of image authorship.

“We’re on the verge of a whole new type of image capture and display that promises to reinvent almost every stage of the content creation process,” said Chris Brown, NAB executive vice president, Conventions and Business Operations. “From volumetric capture to generative imaging, these four experts will deliver a comprehensive dive into the next generation of imaging as they share their experience applying new technologies to professional content creation.”
Andrew Shulkind is an award-winning cinematographer known for his seamless integration of visual effects, innovative technologies and painterly use of lighting. Until 2014, Shulkind worked solely in feature film and broadcast advertising for studios and clients such as Paramount, DreamWorks, Sony Pictures, Apple, Adidas, AT&T, Budweiser, Google, Old Spice and Samsung. Shulkind specializes in virtual reality content creation, capture technology, VR camera array design and consults on immersive integration for advertisers, brands, studios and the U.S. military.

Jon Karafin is CEO of Light Field Lab, Inc., handling action cinema, VFX post-production, light field imaging and mixed reality. Karafin is responsible for successfully delivering technology and content for several of the all-time highest grossing feature films, including Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” Michael Bay’s “Transformers 3” and Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.”

Dr. Gavin Miller leads Adobe Research – bringing computer graphics, computer vision and big data analytics techniques to life with groundbreaking research through the lens of advancements like VR, AI and robots to understand the creative landscape of tomorrow. During his 15-plus years at Adobe, Dr. Miller founded one of the company’s innovation labs, which spans the range of media intelligence to creative design, unlocking a new type of canvas that brings technology alive with AI and beyond. His research team publishes broadly on new mediums to offer creatives, as well as contributes significantly to features in iconic Adobe desktop and mobile products, including Photoshop. Dr. Miller holds a degree from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. in Computer Aided Manufacture and Computer Graphics. A seasoned engineer, Dr. Miller has over 30 years of experience, which includes pioneering a special effects software for Alias Research, Inc. and building interactive multimedia and 3D animation for Apple.

Steve Sullivan leads the Holographic Video at Microsoft, which creates high-quality volumetric video for HoloLens, Virtual Reality, and 2D applications. From 2002-2012, he was director of R&D and then senior technology officer at ILM/Lucasfilm. Sullivan led R&D across the Lucas Divisions, driving strategy and execution to advance the state of the art in computer graphics and production for over 70 films including the Star Wars prequels, “Avatar,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Transformers,” “Harry Potter” and “Minority Report.” Sullivan received three Academy Awards for Technology for matchmoving, image-based modeling, and on-set motion capture.

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