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    Disney Digital Artist to Speak at Pacific: Shafer oversaw production on “A Christmas Carol”

    Jan 13, 2010

    Anthony Shafer, a 1997 graduate from University of the Pacific's School of Engineering and Computer Science, will give a behind-the-scenes presentation on Disney's "A Christmas Carol." He will give his presentation at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 in the Pacific Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

    Shafer worked for more than two years on the film as the stereoscopic supervisor for ImageMovers Digital, a Disney Company. He worked extensively on the design and implementation of the film. He also oversaw the camera acquisition, data-flow and stereoscopic3D production for the movie. His presentation will include some raw footage from the film and a demonstration of how the 3D effects were created.

    "We are excited to have Anthony returning to campus," said Gary Martin, assistant dean at the School of Engineering and Computer Science. "He has done similar presentations in the past, proving to be fascinating one minute, and hilarious the next. Although he has a highly technical background, he presents the material in a way that anybody can understand."

    "A Christmas Carol" is the latest retelling of the classic Charles Dickens story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his path to redemption on Christmas Eve. The film used the latest three-dimensional techniques in the industry. Actor Jim Carrey was the featured voice of Scrooge. The movie was released in November of last year and has brought in more than $255 million at the box office.

    The presentation will be held at the Pacific Theater at 5:00pm on January 21, 2010 and is free and open to the public. Please note seating is limited. A reception will follow the event. For more information please contact Gary Martin at 209.946.3064.