Matteo Moriconi, of VFXRIO and Rodrigo Hurtado founder of XCave Studios, have joined forces to create a conceptual video for the promotion of Brazil’s digital event VFXRIO LIVE, which begins on February 7th as a free online event at VFXRIO.BR.
The video will be presented at the online event but can be viewed here in advance. The headline guest is Alvy Ray Smith. Alvy Ray Smith founded Pixar with Edwin Catmull in 1986. He will be introduced by Lucia Modesto, one of the biggest names in Brazilian technology, Executive Supervisor at TV Globo. Smith will also share extracts from his new book, A Biography of the Pixel (MIT Press,) released in Spring 2021.
Matteo Moriconi, VFXRIO director and also president of the Brazilian Association of Visual Technology commented: “We are honoured with the participation of Alvy Ray Smith in our event. Our responsibility is to showcase visual technologies as they become part of a human narrative. Alvy Ray Smith’s contribution to this narrative and his unique view are fundamental for our understanding of new technologies and creativity in the digital era”.
Developed using Epic’s Unreal Engine technology, the conceptual video is inspired by the works of Moebius and Joseph Campbell and takes the viewer on an adventure bound to the city of Rio de Janeiro. “The hero in our story sets out on a journey of self-discovery. He goes through several phases of development until he arrives at his final destination at VFXRIO, the most important Brazilian event dedicated to visual technologies”, says Rodrigo Hurtado.