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An Interview with Paul Debevec

Paul Debevec is one of the most recognized researchers in the field of CG today. LA ACM SIGGRAPH’s  “fireside chat” with Paul and Carolyn Giardina, of the Hollywood Reporter, will allow us a glimpse at the person behind all the innovative scientific work. This event promises to be one of our most popular as Paul always draws a crowd and is constantly in demand to speak at conferences around the world. This program is a virtual event. You must Register and pay with Zoom to attend.

Tuesday, 11 May 2021
Virtual Event
Chief Visual Officer
USC Institute for Creative Technologies

Paul Debevec's leading-edge work is well-known in the field of VFX where he's been involved with many ground-breaking films such as: The Matrix series, Spider-Man, and Avatar. He has been recognized with many awards such as, being named one of the world's top 100 young innovators under the age of 35 by MIT's Technology Review magazine (2002), and the Special Award for a Distinguished Professional Career in Animation/VFX from the MundosDigitales Festival (2005Coruna, Spain). In 2010 he received a Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Techniques from Debevec’s research, such as HDRI and Image-Based Lighting, are commonplace in CG work today. His Light Stage processes have been employed by Sony Pictures Imageworks, WETA Digital, and Digital Domain to create photoreal digital actors in many films including: Spider-Man 2 and 3, Superman Returns, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Avatar, The Avengers, Oblivion, Ender's Game, Gravity, and Maleficent.

In 2008 his high resolution facial scanning process was used to produce one of the first digital facial performances to cross the "Uncanny Valley", as well as, Digital Ira, one of the earliest photoreal real-time digital characters.

His newest Light Stage X4 (nicknamed Solaris), created at Google, is designed to allow full-body, time-based moving volumetric capture.

The LA SIGGRAPH Chapter is proud to present this one-on-one chat with one of the great researchers in our community. Join us to learn more about the person behind the science.

Register and pay at Zoom
Cost: $5, payable during registration through PayPal.


This event will start promptly at 7pm. Please join a couple of minutes early to catch  the full presentation.
7:00PM - Introductions
7:05PM - Interview with Paul Debevec
8:05PM - Q&A
8:25PM - Closing remarks
8:30PM - End


This is a Zoom event open to the public. You must Register and pay with Zoom to attend. The cost of registration is $5.

Cancellations and Refunds: Event cancellations/refunds will be accepted according to the Chapter Policy. The deadline for receiving the request for this event is Sunday, 9 May 2021 at 6:30pm PDT (GMT-0700). Refunds are for $4. The remainder covers the Chapter's expenses. Please email request to with the date, time, and email address you used for payment.

You may Join the chapter for $40/year by 25 April and get free access to the event or Donate for any amount. We accept online payments through PayPal.


Special Thanks

Paul Debevec, Carolyn Giardina, Diane Piepol, Pang-Wei Yen, and the Executive Committee of the LA SIGGRAPH.