On Friday, May 24, as part of the KCG Group's 50th anniversary celebration, a lecture entitled "VFX and the Changing Global Paradigm" was given by Mr. Scott Ross, a pioneer in digital media and founder of Digital Domain, Inc. at the Kyoto Station Satellite Main Hall of Kyoto Institute of Information.Mr. Ross talked about the appeal and challenges of special effects and VFX using computer graphics (CG) while introducing the images he has created.He also stressed to the students in the audience that communication is one of the most important factors for a successful career in filmmaking.
With the advent of new technology and digital distribution, the number of "movie stars" has dwindled, and the box office has been dominated by films that use CG and VFX.However, while filmmakers all over the world are completing works that suit the new era one after another, he is concerned about the current state of Hollywood, which cannot conceal its decline, and says, "As competition intensifies worldwide, Hollywood is at a standstill in terms of securing funds and human resources.If we don't change the way we do business, including profit sharing, we will fall further and further behind," he said.
He continued to introduce his own works such as "Transformers" with the process of applying VFX.In response, students asked questions such as: "How many people are involved in VFX for one movie?", "How much weight is given to scenario in movies?Mr. Ross concluded, "I've worked with Japanese people many times, and my impression is that they are generally good communicators.This is an important element in group work, so I hope you will learn it well from your school days.
In the 1970s, he toured with many bands, including the Miles Davis Group, and in the 1980s, he became the general manager of ILM, which was founded by George Lucas.In 1989, I supported organizational reform at NTT under the theme of "creativity.Since then, he has supported the establishment of digital media-related faculties at 14 universities in Japan.He had a wide network of contacts, and in Japan he was especially close to the late director Akira Kurosawa.He is a member of the American Society of Arts and Sciences in Film, which presides over the Academy Awards, and the American Society of Arts and Sciences in Television, which presents the Emmy Awards, and has lectured on creative methods and technology in more than 20 countries.
Commemorative Lecture "VFX and the Changing Global Paradigm"