Yay! I'll be moderating a panel on Superman Returns at the Savannah Film Festival in a few weeks. Coincidentally, the panel will feature Jonathan Rothbart, my former officemate from ILM and co-founder of The Orphanage, who was one of the effects supervisors on the film (bullet in the eye shot, Daily Planet roof sequences and Kitty's wild ride through Metropolis). I'll try to avoid the temptation to ask questions like these:
- So, Jonathan, do you know what happened to my Art of the Dark Crystal book?
- Hey, do you remember that time when we spent all night working on that animatic for Dragonheart because your hard drive crashed? That was great.
- How did you get the nickname Captain Ron?
- Hey, remember that time Barry Sonnenfeld showed us the chewed-up danish in his mouth via ILM's multi-million dollar satellite transmission system? That was great.
Earlier this year I moderated an education panel at SIGGRAPH in Boston. I've got more on tap panels in the works for next year, mostly as a way to hang out and chat with old friends or as an excuse to meet people I admire.