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Virtual Reality Meets ‘The Matrix’ at Digital Days @ Santa Barbara Film Fest, Feb. 7, 2004
Source: Digital Days
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(Feb. 01, 2004) -- Digital Days, the popular digital technology showcase featured annually at Santa Barbara International Film Festival, is providing film fans, students and industry veterans with the unique opportunity to see presentations by both a ‘father’ of virtual reality and the film editor of the popular science-reality film trilogy ‘The Matrix’. The keynote speaker at the 6th Annual Digital Days will be Jaron Lanier, computer scientist, composer, visual artist, and author who coined the term ‘virtual reality’. Appearing next on a panel of award winning film editors will be Zach Staenberg A.C.E., Academy Award and American Cinema Editors’ Eddie Award winner for his work on Wachowski’s ‘The Matrix’.

Digital Days is an interactive Digital showcase and forum featuring screenings, presentations, seminars and classes. Highlighting state-of-the-art digital moviemaking and multimedia, Digital Days 2004 will provide area youth and film enthusiasts with an up-close look at the latest digital software and computer technologies. Industry veterans and digital arts professionals will take part in several forums and discussions. The entire one-day event will also be webcast live complimented by interactive chats from the Digital Days web site ( [an error occurred while processing this directive]"The Digital Days component of Santa Barbara International Film Festival has been growing in scope and attendance each year and we work hard keeping up with the digital evolution,” said Richard Corwin, an Emmy Award winning industry veteran. “The 2004 mini-festival will feature student filmmaking competition, pro-app classes and lots of question and answer sessions with people using the technology daily in the entertainment industry. The 9-hour QuickTime Live web cast will expose the event to countries world wide, helping spread the word about SBIFF and how digital is shaping the way we see the world.”

Information about the upcoming 'Digital Days 2004 is available at,

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Live from SBCC Forum Theater, 8:30am-5:30pm.pst
Digital Days is an interactive Digital showcase and forum featuring
screenings, presentations, seminars and classes.

8:30am-9:30am - Teen Filmmakers
Screening and award ceremony of winning Teen movies.
Produced by John Dent and Kimberly Ford
Sponsors; Adobe, Avid, Canon, discreet, Macromedia and Thanks to Apple

10 am - Keynote Address
An industry leader working with digital tools speaks about his experiences and how technology has changed the way he thinks and works.
Speaker: Jaron Lanier, computer scientist, composer, visual artist, author and Pioneer of Virtual Reality.
11am-12:30pm - Skills Beyond Tools
Join a dialogue between Academy Award winning Motion Picture Editors as we explore the journey to the big screen.
Moderator: Patrick Gregston
Editors: Zach Staenberg, A.C.E., Academy Award Winner, The Matrix, and others.
Sponsored by Motion Picture Editors Guild:

1:30pm-3:00pm- Digital Realities
Professional Filmmakers screen clips from their films: discuss the toolsets used to create and challenges of independent distribution and exhibition.
Moderator: Mark Stolaroff, Producer, Antic Pictures
Panelists: Lorenzo DeStefano, Director, Los Zafiros, Scott Milam, Director, Big City Dicks

3:30pm-5:00pm - It Start with The Script (pre-recorded with live options)
A webcast of Jan 31st pre-recorded symposium, featuring Academy Award nominated screenwriters. presented to our live audience and web audience accompanied by chat.
Moderator: Frank Pierson, President, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
Panelists: Fran Walsh, Lord of the Rings;Return of the King; Jim Sheridan, In America;
Anthony Minghella, Cold Mountain

5:00pm-5:45pm 3D Screening “Aconcagua – The Top of The Western World.”
Experience the latest in affordable 3-D Technology as a climbing team ascends Aconcagua’s 22,834’ peak, one of the Seven Summits
Presenter/Climber: Tom Riederer

Apple Pro-App Classes (6 sessions @SBCC)
Featuring FCP 4, DVD Studio Pro 2, Shake

QuickTime Live Webcast accompanied by Chats---8:30am-5:30pm PST
The audience is onsite and connected virtually to our Quicktime Live Webcast and Chats, creating an interactive dialogue between filmmakers, industry professionals, students and the public. Webcast Producer: Conrado Hinojosa, Chat Producer: Cys Bonner
Please check website for program details and updates.

Digital Days Host: Mark Sylvester, mixed grill
DIGITAL DAYS PRODUCERS: Richard Corwin and Gretchen Miller

Source: Digital Days

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