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See the Future of Star Wars 3D at Celebration VI!

Join Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisors Dennis Muren and John Knoll for a special Celebration look at what goes into creating the Star Wars 3D experience. Learn how the experts at Industrial Light & Magic -- Lucasfilm's ground-breaking visual effects house - are taking that experience to a whole new level for the upcoming releases.

Scheduled for Saturday in the Celebration Digital Theater (Valencia A), three separate sessions with Muren and Knoll will give attendees the opportunity to glimpse behind the scenes, and get an exclusive first look at Episode II: Attack of the Clones in 3D! The screenings are sponsored by RealD, and all who attend will receive an exclusive pair of Celebration VI 3D glasses to use at the show, and to take home after!*

Dennis Muren
Visual Effects Supervisor
Dennis Muren is the recipient of eight Academy Awards, and his list of credits is a series of milestones marking the history of visual effects achievements. He is the first visual effects artist to be honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

While in college, Muren worked as a stop-motion animator, camera operator and effects supervisor for television commercials and educational films. In 1976, he seized the opportunity to work on more modern effects techniques by accepting the job of visual effects second cameraman on an ambitious feature film thought by many to be destined to fail. He and fellow visual effects wizards John Dykstra and Richard Edlund proved the skeptics wrong when the film -- Star Wars -- was a huge success.

Star Wars was the first project in Muren's long association with Industrial Light & Magic. With The Empire Strikes Back, Muren earned his first Academy Award for best achievement in visual effects. For developing "Go-motion" animation to overcome the apparent jerky motion of traditional stop-motion photography in his work as visual effects supervisor for Dragonslayer, Muren received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Technical Achievement Award.

Muren continues to be at the forefront of visual effects artistry and as ILM's senior visual effects supervisor, he is the guiding creative force in the company's continuing evolution. Currently, Muren is also writing a highly anticipated book about visual effects.

John Knoll
Visual Effects Supervisor
John Knoll joined Industrial Light & Magic as a technical assistant in 1986, and was soon promoted to motion control camera operator for Captain EO. After three years of operating, Knoll was called upon to work on the ground breaking digital effects for The Abyss. Since that time, he has been promoted to visual effects supervisor helming the visual effects on more than twenty feature films and commercials.

His film background coupled with an advanced understanding of digital technologies has made Knoll a much sought-after visual effects supervisor with a BAFTA and an Academy Award for his work on Pirates of the Caribbean films; Dead Man's Chest, and nominations for his work on Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Knoll's resume also includes Rango, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, Mission to Mars, Deep Blue Sea, Star Trek: First Contact, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and Mission: Impossible among others.

Knoll's interest in filmmaking began at an early age. Having a keen interest in visual effects, Knoll was mesmerized by the original Star Wars. During a visit to ILM in 1978 he was able to observe first-hand the world of visual effects. Inspired to learn more, Knoll attended the USC School of Cinema and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Production, while freelancing as a modelmaker at a variety of Los Angeles-based production facilities. Greatly impressed by visits to ILM's newly founded computer graphics department, Knoll took up computer graphics as a hobby. Teaming up with his brother who was working on his Doctoral Thesis in computer vision at the University of Michigan, the Knoll brothers created Photoshop in 1987.

*RealD souvenir glasses while supplies last.


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