ACM - Computers in Entertainment

Interview with Masa Inakage

By Newton Lee, Masa Inakage
3rd anniversary issue, [Vol. 4, No. 4]

DOI: 10.1145/1178418.1178422

Masa Inakage is a professor of the Faculty of Environmental Information at Keio University, president of the Media Studio, a member of ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee, and a member of Visual Effects Society. Masa produced the digital visual effects for the Hollywood feature film Spawn for the first time in Japan. In addition, he has published a large number of artworks at SIGGRAPH and other exhibitions worldwide as a media artist. In research, he has established both the Digital Cinema Laboratory and Digital Cinema Consortium at Keio Research Institute. Masa served a co-director with Mark Dippe for the digital short film Magick Lesson, which has been shown at various international film festivals. In the video interview, you will hear Masa's answers to the following questions:1. You have published a large number of artworks at ACM SIGGRAPH and other exhibitions worldwide, what is your art style and what is your favorite piece of creation?2. What is the future of artistic expression? More 3D arts or something entirely new?3. How do you compare and contrast Japanese animation vs American animation?4. What is the future of Digital Cinema? What do you do to advance its technology and business models?5. What are some of the interesting research that you are currently working on?

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