Christopher Nolan, Rob Legato Join SMPTE Engineers Advisory Board

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Filmmaker Christopher Nolan and three-time Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Robert Legato are among the members of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers' new creative and technology advisory council.

Announced on Tuesday, the first day of standards-setting body SMPTE's virtual tech conference, the council is made up of tech-savvy members of the Hollywood community that will offer input on their needs for new creative tools, standards and services.

In addition to Nolan and Legato, inaugural members include Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Google Research's Paul Debevec, Geoff Burdick of James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment, Ian Bidgood of Peter Jackson's Park Road Post, Ang Lee's tech advisor Ben Gervais and Emblematic Group CEO Nonny De La Peña.

The SMPTE members leading the effort include SMPTE president Pat Griffis of Dolby, Warner Bros.' vp of technology Mike Zink, Vubiquity CEO Darcy Antonellis, Dolby's director of content and creative relations Stuart Bowling and Pixar's director of mastering and operations Cynthia Slavens.

SMPTE's virtual 2020 conference runs through Thursday.