Event - The Making Of THE MUPPETS (Los Angeles)

Thursday, 23 February 2012 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

VES Members And A Guest Are Invited To

THE MUPPETS, a visual effects movie? Were there CG puppets? No, but there were over 350 VFX shots. In this case, the work done by the VFX artists gave the puppeteers additional freedom to make the Muppets do things they’d never have been able to do in the past.

VFX Supervisor and Producer Janet Muswell will talk about the pre-production planning, working with puppeteers and puppets on set, walking the line between campy and realistic, and juggling the rolls of Supervisor and Producer. LOOK Effects’s in-house Supervisor Max Ivins will discuss what they did, as well as how, and why they did it. LOOK’s in-house Producer Jenny Foster will be on-hand to explain the roll of a facility VFX Producer in moving shots through the post-production pipeline.

Unfortunately Kermit will NOT be able to join us.

Thursday, February 23, 2012
Social hour: 6:00
Presentation: 7:00
Gnomon School
1015 N. Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Visual Effects Supervisor and Producer Janet Muswell’s career in Visual Effects has spanned over two decades. Before THE MUPPETS she served as Visual Effects Producer on the Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz feature KNIGHT & DAY for 20thCentury Fox. Janet has produced VFX, CGI and Animation for theatrical features, IMAX, television, commercials and stereoscopic special venue projects. On the management side she has overseen and managed VFX companies both large and small such as Todd AD Digital Images, Hollywood Digital, Simex DS and eight companies within the Ascent Media group. She has also built and managed 3D pipelines for Simex and Hollywood Digital. Janet is one of the founding members of the Visual Effects Society and has been very active within the Education committee.

Visual Effects Supervisor Max Ivins is a co-owner of LOOK Effects. As senior Visual Effects Supervisor, Max is responsible for on-set supervision, as well as overseeing LOOK’s 3D animation and compositing efforts. He has worked on features and TV projects for clients including Warner Bros, Disney, Universal, Fox, Sony Pictures, Revolution, and Lions Gate. Prior to joining the company, Max spent four years on staff at Blue Sky|VIFX as a Digital Effects Supervisor and 3D animator. Max also worked at Rhythm & Hues, Digital Domain and Stargate Films as a Visual Effects Supervisor, 3D Animator and Compositor. He has truly developed personal expertise in nearly every facet of the visual effects profession and leverages this knowledge and experience to solve a client’s problem and create artful effects on numerous major projects. Max followed up his work on THE MUPPETS by VFX Supervising UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING.

Jenny Foster, Visual Effects Producer, has over 40 feature films and 70 television episodes under her belt. Her film credits include SPIDER-MAN 3, THE FOUNTAIN, BLOOD DIAMOND, APOCALYPTO, GET SMART, FAME, AVATAR, LIMITLESS and THE MUPPETS. Her television credits include LIFE (for which she received a VES Awards nomination), LAS VEGAS, BONES, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, CRIMINAL MINDS and CSI:NY. She is an active member of the VES and PGA. Jenny holds a BA in Film from Occidental College and an MFA from Art Center.



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