OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Producer to bring 'Titanic' efforts to OSU

03/06/1999

CORVALLIS - Camille Cellucci, visual effects producer for the blockbuster film "Titanic," will appear at Oregon State University on Wednesday, April 28, to reveal trade secrets that helped the film win an Academy Award for visual effects.

Cellucci's presentation starts at 7:30 p.m. in OSU's Milam Auditorium and is free and open to the public, said Machelle Kennedy, coordinator of OSU's Memorial Union Program Council, which is sponsoring Cellucci's visit.

Cellucci will use behind-the-scenes footage to illustrate the movie-making magic used to create more than 550 visual effects in the movie. Creating the images used massive computer disk space and memory - just to render the water in some shots took mor e than six hours of work per frame, she said.

Cellucci monitored the efforts of 18 effects houses and 1000 artists while working on the film and said she regularly worked 15-18 hours a day.

She was a student at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in film and social sciences, when Cellucci persuaded the Industrial Light and Magic Co. to let her create an internship program and launch her career in visual effects.

In addition to "Titanic," she has worked on "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," "Speed," and "City of Angels."