The NAB Show arrives once again in Las Vegas from April 16 – 21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center with its exhibits, luncheons, award ceremonies, General and Super Sessions and a bevy of entertainment, business and technology leaders and high profile speakers. As usual there is a lot of beneficial and entertaining information being offered to those interested in filmmaking and television particularly in the Creative Masters Series and Post-Production World sessions. During the weekend on Saturday, April 16th from 2:45PM – 3:15PM in the South Hall film the Signature Session ANG LEE – PUSHING THE LIMITS OF CINEMA starts the party with a dialogue about the famed director’s 2016 release, BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK. This is the first motion picture release captured in 120 frames-per-second 3D at 4K resolution and in High Dynamic Range. During this discussion the Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe winning Lee, along with the film’s editor Tim Squyres and production systems supervisor Ben Gervais, will talk about how the movie was created in this ground breaking format that surpasses anything yet seen in cinema. Also, as part of the presentation, the audience will enjoy the first ever public screening of footage from the upcoming film in its native 4K, 3D, 12o frames-per-second format using a cutting edge dual laser projection system. Next on Sunday, April 17th from 11:05AM – 12:05PM in the North Hall is the POST PRODUCTION WORLD KEYNOTE: THE MAKING OF WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT providing attendees with the unique opportunity to hear from the team behind Tina Fey’s latest motion picture. The keynote panel including the film’s directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, Editor Jan Kovac and Assistant Editor Kevin Bailey will explain how Final Cut Pro X was used to edit the movie and also provide an insider’s look into their unique perspectives on the directing and editing process. The first entry in the Creative Masters Series kicks off on Monday, April 18th from 11:45AM – 12:45PM in the South Hall with CINEMATOGRAPHY IN SPACE FOR A BEAUTIFUL PLANET with James Neihouse, ASC, who reveals his years-long preparations and last-minute adaptations for the IMAX-NASA collaboration. The show provides a breathtaking portrait of Earth from space and offers a unique perspective captured by astronauts aboard the International Space Station of our planet and the galaxy in a way that’s never been offered before. Neihouse selected the camera equipment and trained the astronauts on how to use it. Produced in partnership with American Cinematographer Magazine, this Q&A moderated by David Heuring, ASC will examine Neihouse’s process from the beginning of the project through its execution. Next up is the Series Keynote VIRTUAL REALITY: IMMERSIVE STORYTELLING MEETS INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGY on Monday, April 18th 1:45PM – 2:45PM in the South Hall. Featuring panelists Rob Bredow, CTO from Lucasfilm; Ray Davis, UE4 General Manager at Epic Games; and Robert Stromberg, Founder, CCO and Director of the Virtual Reality Company (VRC); this session which is moderated by Ted Schilowicz, Futurist, 20th Century Fox/Cinema Vangelist, Barco examines virtual reality as a brand new storytelling medium. The panel will try to answer several questions including how VR creators will balance directing the narrative with viewer input, do character surrogates and avatars work and will soundtracks play a new role now. During this discussion attendees will hear from the leading creative voices behind Fox’s “The Martian VR Experience,” Epic’s “Bullet Train,” and ILM’s 360-degree Star Wars videos about the future of interactive storytelling on virtual reality platforms. The last, but not definitely not least, Monday entry is AWAKEN TO THE POWER BEHIND THE FORCE – THE MAKING OF STAR WARS from 3:00PM – 4PM in the South Hall. This session examines the digitally generated characters and environments in the film that have been seamlessly blended with the practical effects. Containing new and classic sounds and upwards of 2100 visual effect shots, this epic movie features new signature sounds for just introduced characters, alien creatures and lightsabers. Audience members will be treated to behind the scenes footage and see how sound and VFX worked together to produce this high grossing and long awaited motion picture. Sponsored by the Motion Picture Sound Editors, the panel will be moderated by The Verge’s Senior Reporter Bryan Bishop and features: Skywalker Sound Supervising Sound Editors, Chris Scarabosio and Matt Wood; and Visual Effects Supervisor Pat Tubach from Industrial Light & Magic. Tuesday’s sessions start from 11:30AM – 12:30PM with THE PATH TO THE STATUES – THE BIG SHORT AND THE REVENANT. Produced in partnership with the American Cinema Editors (ACE), Norm Hollyn will moderate for Oscar Nominees about the Art of Editing. To date the announced panelists will be Stephen Mirrione, ACE and Hank Corwin ACE although these speakers are subject to change. Following this session on Tuesday from 1:30PM – 2:30PM is a conversation with director Peter Atencio and cinematographer Jas Shelton, who discuss making the comic duo of Key and Peele’s cinematic debut KEANU, which features two straight-laced friends, gangstas, kittens and lots of chaos. Produced in partnership with the International Cinematographers Guild Local 600 (ICG), the discussion will be moderated by David Geffner, the Executive Editor of ICG Magazine. Tuesday afternoon’s program continues in the South Hall with THE JUNGLE BOOK: NEW TECHNOLOGY MEETS CLASSIC STORYTELLING FROM 2:45PM – 3:45PM. In director Jon Favreau’s adaptation of The Jungle Book next generation filmmaking meets archetypal storytelling requiring a blend of live-action photography and photorealistic CGI animals and environments. Multiple Oscar winner Rob Legato, who is the film’s Visual Effects Supervisor and 2nd Unit Director/Cameraman, designed a new virtual production process bridging analogue filmmaking with the latest real-time digital rendering and playback. The VFX team prepared TechViz for the live action departments and used classic artistic techniques in order to bring the jungle animals to life. Rob joins producer Brigham Taylor and Post Production Supervisor Jonas Thaler on this panel moderated by ICG Magazine’s David Geffner to describe the magic behind the project that Disney President of Production Sean Bailey has described as “one of the most technologically advanced movies ever made”. The afternoon’s sessions conclude with DEADPOOL: LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY TO CREATE A STUNNING SUPERHERO FILM FROM 4:00PM – 5:00PM in the South Hall. The blockbuster movie from 20th Century Fox broke many opening box office records with its weekend debut of $132.7 million. Starring Ryan Reynolds and based on Marvel’s comic character with the same name, DEADPOOL pushed the envelope when it came to genre and technology. This session provides a fascinating case study demonstrating how 20th Century Fox and the film’s director, Tim Miller, created such an edgy movie showcasing an unconventional anti-hero with a dark, twisted sense of humor. Shot on location in Vancouver, DEADPOOL’s editorial and VFX post production teams trained at Miller’s Blur Studio in Culver City. Remote cutting rooms saved considerable overhead for the production’s budget and created an efficient system for the editors. Attendees will also discover how Miller’s design experience in the gaming industry including his cinematic work on video games like “Call of Duty” helped him create this box office buster. Vashi Nedomansky, who served as Post-Production Workflow and Editorial Consultant for DEADPOOL will moderate the conversation for the film’s Post Supervisor Joan Bierman, VFX Supervisor Jonathan Rothbart and First Assistant Editor Matt Carson. A notable Super Session offering occurring on Wednesday, April 20th from 4:00PM – 5:00PM in the South Hall is MAKING HISTORY: AMAZON’S JOURNEY TO BRING THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE TO THE SCREEN. During this conversation with the Head of Amazon’s drama development, Morgan Wandell, the audience will find out how the challenging material was adapted into one of the most talked about show’s to debut last fall and has subsequently become the most streamed show ever in the history of Amazon’s Originals. Television aficionados will be pleased to learn Executive Producer/Writer Chuck Lorre will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame during their annual Television Luncheon on Monday April 18th from 12:30PM – 1:30PM in the Westgate Paradise Ballroom. Lorre is well known as the creative force behind such hit comedies as THE BIG BANG THEORY, MOM, MIKE & MOLLY and TWO AND A HALF MEN. Finally, a General Session open to everyone with an Exhibit Pass, that is bound to generate lots of excitement at the event is FOX’S EMPIRE: INSIDE THE MEGAHIT BROADCAST SERIES, which will be held on Tuesday, April 19th from 9:00AM – 10:00AM in the South Hall. Moderator Michael Schneider, Executive Editor from “IndieWire” and Editor-in-Chief of “Variety,” will join panelists Ilene Chaiken, EMPIRE’s Executive Producer/Showrunner and Fox Television Group Co-Chairman and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman for a special insider look at the hit phenomenon that continues to create buzz and set ratings records.