Overview of 2009 Production Summit
Overview of 2010 Production Summit
Overview of 2011 Production Summit
Overview of 2012 VES Summit
Overview of 2013 VES Summit

Below are ALL of the speakers we have had since we began the VES Summit in 2009.

*Please note that the titles and bios are from the year each individual participated and does not reflect current information.

Alan Silvers (2009) — New Business Development, Lowry Digital
Alan Silvers, VP of Business Development, is a long-time motion picture professional with experience in Production, Post-production, Film Industry Management, Dcinema, DI, Restoration, high-end Digital Image Processing and 3D.  Career stops include Universal Studios, Disney and Kodak before joining... » more

Alan Silvers, VP of Business Development, is a long-time motion picture professional with experience in Production, Post-production, Film Industry Management, Dcinema, DI, Restoration, high-end Digital Image Processing and 3D.  Career stops include Universal Studios, Disney and Kodak before joining Lowry Digital in 2004.  Alan was involved in the first Dcinema practical experience, assisting with worldwide theater set-up and mastering of the first titles deployed by Disney.  Alan was also involved in early Digital Intermediate work while with Cinesite, a Kodak company. 

Currently, Alan leads the New Business Development effort at Lowry Digital, focusing on Sales; Marketing & PR; Emerging technologies for motion picture capture, noise reduction and detail enhancement; and 3D.  Alan assists early adopters of these technologies to establish workflows and processes to deliver the highest quality images to the theater, on Blu-ray, and for broadcast. 

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Albert Cheng (2012) — EVP of Digital Media, and Chief Product Officer, Disney-ABC Television Group
As Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer, Digital Media, for the Disney/ABC Television Group, Albert Cheng is charged with general management and strategic oversight of digital media, as well as development of ancillary revenue streams for Disney/ABC Television Group’s diverse... » more

As Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer, Digital Media, for the Disney/ABC Television Group, Albert Cheng is charged with general management and strategic oversight of digital media, as well as development of ancillary revenue streams for Disney/ABC Television Group’s diverse portfolio of broadcast and cable networks, including ABC Entertainment, ABC News, ABC Daytime, ABC Family, Disney Channel and SOAPnet. To that end, he leads a team that oversees product development, marketing and operations for the Group’s digital media content platforms, including video-on-demand, broadband, web-based and mobile platforms, as well as interactive television technologies.

With the release of the ABC Player in 2010, Cheng and the Disney/ABC Television Group added an important first to their array of technical innovations, becoming the first network to offer ad-supported full episodes on the iPad.  The player was recently named the sixth most downloaded free iPad app of all time, and has now expanded to iPhone and iPod touch.  Other DATG firsts include being the 1st to offer full episodes on iTunes (October 2005); 1st to stream ad-supported full episodes online (May 2006); 1st to offer full episodes on demand on a mobile platform (w/Sprint, May 2007); the 1st to stream episodes online in true 720p HD (Fall 2007); and the 1st to offer expert and user commentary with full episodes online (Fall 2009).  Most recently, Cheng’s team was nominated for two 2011 Creative Arts Emmy’s, which they won for “Oscar Digital Experience.”

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Amy Lemisch (2011) — Executive Director, California Film Commission
As Executive Director of the California Film Commission, Amy Lemisch oversees all of the state's efforts to facilitate motion picture, television and commercial production. She was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in May 2004, and continues to serve for Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.... » more

As Executive Director of the California Film Commission, Amy Lemisch oversees all of the state's efforts to facilitate motion picture, television and commercial production.

She was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in May 2004, and continues to serve for Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Under her leadership, the Commission coordinates with all levels of state and local government to promote California as a production locale. Such efforts in-turn create jobs, increase production spending and generate tax revenues.

In addition to overseeing the Commission's wide range of support services, Ms. Lemisch also serves as the state's leading advocate for educating legislators, production industry decision makers and the public at large about the value of filming in California. Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Lemisch was instrumental in the creation, passage and implementation of the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program, which was enacted in 2009 to help curb runaway production. The Commission is charged with administering the $500 million program that targets the types of productions most likely to leave California due to incentives offered in other states and countries.

Prior to her appointment at the Commission, Ms. Lemisch served for more than 15 years as a producer for Penny Marshall’s company - Parkway Productions. While based at Universal Studios and Sony Pictures, she was responsible for overseeing physical production on all Parkway projects, as well as selecting new projects for the company to produce. Her credits include: producer on the independent feature film WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE; co-producer on RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS (starring Drew Barrymore), THE PREACHER’S WIFE (starring Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston) and RENAISSANCE MAN (starring Danny DeVito); associate producer on AWAKENINGS, A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, and CALENDAR GIRL. She was also associate producer on the television series A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, which was adapted from the feature film.

Ms. Lemisch is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America.

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Andrew Merkin (2013) — Head of Special Projects and Transmedia, Mirada Studios
Andy Merkin is the Head of Special Projects and Transmedia at Mirada Studios. Overseeing cross-platform and nontraditional storytelling projects, Andy develops narrative for traditional and digital media and production management for the complete pipeline. Since joining Mirada in 2011, his... » more

Andy Merkin is the Head of Special Projects and Transmedia at Mirada Studios. Overseeing cross-platform and nontraditional storytelling projects, Andy develops narrative for traditional and digital media and production management for the complete pipeline. Since joining Mirada in 2011, his production credits include the interactive music video, Ro.me; the THINK exhibit and mobile apps for IBM's Centennial, the departmentofhumanmanagement.org site for The Strain trilogy, and MirrorWorld by Cornelia Funke on iOS.

Andy holds an MS from MIT in transmedia production management, an MBA from HEC-Paris in creativity management, and an AB with Honors from Rollins College in anthropology/ international business. A true believer that interesting storytellers (hopefully) have led interesting lives, Andy's previous work experience includes development and production for Sony Pictures Television, training teachers and entrepreneurs in the Peace Corps in Bangladesh, performing improv, and educating students in zoo keeping for Busch Gardens.

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Andrew Orloff (2012) — Executive CreativeDirector / VFX Supervisor, Zoic Studios
Andrew Orloff is Zoic Studios’ Creative Director and has been with Zoic Studios since its inception in 2002.  Prior to Zoic, he served as a CG Animator and Supervisor at such top LA shops incuding Radium, 525 Studios, In-Sight Pix and Modern Videofilm.  Recently re-located to the Vancouver office,... » more

Andrew Orloff is Zoic Studios’ Creative Director and has been with Zoic Studios since its inception in 2002.  Prior to Zoic, he served as a CG Animator and Supervisor at such top LA shops incuding Radium, 525 Studios, In-Sight Pix and Modern Videofilm.  Recently re-located to the Vancouver office, he leads Zoic’s award-winning episodic television division and the dynamic and ever-expanding work in the videogame and mobile realm.  His television credits as VFX Supervisor include “True Blood,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Fringe,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “CSI: Miami.” 

A graduate of UCLA’s school of Theatre, Film and Television, Orloff was also on the Advisory Board at Gnomon School of Visual Effects, and has created numerous instructional DVDs on visual effects and CG production.  He has also been a featured speaker at various conferences and industry events including VES and motion. His work as VFX Supervisor on on TNT’s “Falling Skies” and ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” was recently nominated for 2012 Emmy Awards.

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Andy Romanoff (2011) — Industry Relations / Business Development, AbelCine
In a career spanning almost fifty years Andy Romanoff has worked as a cameraman, equipment designer, inventor and businessman.  Currently he is responsible for Business Development and Industry Relations at AbelCine, the NY and LA based sales, service, rental and training company.  Prior to Abel he... » more

In a career spanning almost fifty years Andy Romanoff has worked as a cameraman, equipment designer, inventor and businessman.  Currently he is responsible for Business Development and Industry Relations at AbelCine, the NY and LA based sales, service, rental and training company.  Prior to Abel he served as Executive Vice President, Technical Marketing and Strategy, for Panavision Inc. where he was a key contributor to new product design and introduction.

Andy holds several patents related to efficient camera use in filmmaking. He invented Adjustable Automatic Backpan Compensation, used daily on film sets everywhere, which reduces the number of rehearsals and retakes. Another invention is the fourth axis head, a unique device which permits the camera to see “right” and “left” when pointed straight down.

Andy has written about film and video technology for publications in the U.S. and England, and has been the subject of numerous articles and interviews in such publications as American Cinematographer, ICG, Hollywood Reporter and Below the Line.

Andy is an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers and a longtime member of the Society of Operating Cameramen. He was honored by them in 2008 with their Distinguished Service Award. He has served as the co-chairman of the PERA/ESTA industry-wide crane safety committee, drafting American National Standards (ANSI) for safe crane and remote head usage. Andy is a member of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, and currently serves on the Academy’s Scientific and Technical awards committee.
 

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Annie Chang (2011, 2013) — VP Post Production Technology, Walt Disney Studios
Annie Chang is the Vice President of Post-Production Technology for The Walt Disney Studios Digital Production Technology group.  Annie oversees the research and implementation of new technology into Disney’s feature visual effects, post-production and mastering pipelines.  Her group focuses on... » more

Annie Chang is the Vice President of Post-Production Technology for The Walt Disney Studios Digital Production Technology group.  Annie oversees the research and implementation of new technology into Disney’s feature visual effects, post-production and mastering pipelines.  Her group focuses on improving the dailies, editorial, VFX, DI and mastering processes through new file-based workflows and standards efforts.  Currently, she is the Chair of the Interoperable Master Format Working Group at SMPTE which has been charged to develop the SMPTE standard for IMF.  Prior to Disney, she spent six years at THX Ltd. as the Senior Engineer for the Digital Mastering Program and three years in DVD authoring and compression.  Annie holds a BS in Engineering Technology from Texas A&M University.

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Ansul Doshi (2009) — Global COO, Prime Focus Group
Based in London, Anshul is the Global COO for the Prime Focus group, responsible for the management of the UK and North American companies. He joined the Prime Focus group in 2004, as a finance analyst for the Indian operations, and was quickly promoted to VP Strategy & Business Development for... » more

Based in London, Anshul is the Global COO for the Prime Focus group, responsible for the management of the UK and North American companies. He joined the Prime Focus group in 2004, as a finance analyst for the Indian operations, and was quickly promoted to VP Strategy & Business Development for India. In 2006, Anshul moved to London to oversee the purchase of VTR plc by Prime Focus, and subsequently managed the integration of the acquired London companies and the attendant business audit and management reshuffle. He was also closely involved in the acquisition of the North American companies, and continues to oversee their operation.

Previous to his time at Prime Focus, Anshul was employed by KPMG in India as a Corporate Finance analyst, specializing in the media industry, and before that he was Business Development Manager for a voice recognition technology company, and a chartered accountant performing valuations and due diligence for a number of blue chip firms.

Anshul holds a law degree from Government Law College Mumbai, is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate and is a certified chartered accountant

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Arnon Manor (2013) — VFX Production Executive, Columbia Pictures
Arnon started his career in visual effects as an artist at Buf in Paris, working on the feature film The City of Lost Children. He then spent several years at Framestore and Double Negative in London, working on both commercials and features including Lost in Space, A Life Less Ordinary and... » more

Arnon started his career in visual effects as an artist at Buf in Paris, working on the feature film The City of Lost Children. He then spent several years at Framestore and Double Negative in London, working on both commercials and features including Lost in Space, A Life Less Ordinary and Pitch Black, before moving Los Angeles to be a Senior Technical Director at Imageworks (credits include Hollow Man, Stuart Little 2, Charlie's Angels). He continued on to be a CG Supervisor at Cinesite Hollywood on X-Men 2 and followed that as the Digital Supervisor on Garfield at R&H.

Arnon then took a break from Visual Effects to produce several independent movies, but was quickly lured back as a Visual Effects Producer for the movie The Warrior's Way. His subsequent VFX Producing credits include Project X and Man on a Ledge.

Arnon Manor joined Columbia Pictures as a Visual Effects Production Executive in August 2011, and has overseen titles such as 21 Jump Street, This is the End and Captain Phillips, amongst others.

He was born in Israel but grew up in England. He has a BA in Graphic Design and a Graduate Degree in Computer Graphics.

 

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Art Repola (2009) — Executive Vice President, Visual Effects and Production Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Art Repola is the executive vice president of Visual Effects and Production for The Walt Disney Studios, where he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of visual effects production for the Studio’s motion pictures division.  Throughout his career, Repola has managed the visual effects on nearly... » more

Art Repola is the executive vice president of Visual Effects and Production for The Walt Disney Studios, where he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of visual effects production for the Studio’s motion pictures division.  Throughout his career, Repola has managed the visual effects on nearly 200 live-action films including such ground-breaking, effects-laden projects as the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.”  He is currently overseeing the visual effects on Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” “John Carter of Mars” and “Captain Nemo.”  Under Repola’s leadership, The Walt Disney Studios has received seven Academy Award® nominations and won an Oscar® for Best Visual Effects.  Among his other accomplishments, Repola produced the Disney 3D feature “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience,” and the 3D “Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert,” as well as Touchstone Pictures’ “Ultimate X,” a large format film based on ESPN’s X-Games.

Repola began his association with Disney in 1989, when he was named vice president of Post Production for Hollywood Pictures.  Following that, he joined Universal’s Theme Park division, where he held the post of vice president of Film and Video Production.  In that role, his credits included executive producer of the innovative 3-D 70mm film featured in the theme park attraction, “T2 – 3-D: Battle Across Time,” directed by Oscar®-winning filmmaker James Cameron, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Among his other notable credits, Repola produced a TV pilot, and co-wrote and produced a Special Venue – High Definition Interactive film for Sony.  This educational film detailed sound and picture technologies through the use of live-action, CGI, and 2-D animation.  His associate producer credits include Lucasfilm’s “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” and the fantasy film, “The Indian in the Cupboard.”

Repola began his professional career at 20th Century Fox.  After working on the foreign versions of George Lucas’ “Star Wars,” he joined Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) as a visual effects editor, and went on to become a visual effects producer.  During his tenure at ILM, he contributed to such landmark effects projects as “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “Dragonslayer,” and “Return of the Jedi.”

After moving back to Los Angeles, Repola became a member of the team at Boss Films, which was responsible for the visual effects on “Ghostbusters” and “2010.”  He went on to join Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment as the executive in charge of Post Production and Visual Effects, supervising the activities for a wide variety of film projects including “Back to the Future,” “The Color Purple,” and “Empire of the Sun.”

Repola is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and the Visual Effects Society.

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Ben Grossmann (2009) — Visual Effects Supervisor, CafeFX/The Syndicate
 BEN GROSSMANN Visual effects supervisor and director Ben Grossmann’s range of talents is as diverse as his background. Born in Washington, D.C., he grew up in Alaska, where he attended the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He put himself through college as a photojournalist, stringing for the... » more

 BEN GROSSMANN

Visual effects supervisor and director Ben Grossmann’s range of talents is as diverse as his background. Born in Washington, D.C., he grew up in Alaska, where he attended the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He put himself through college as a photojournalist, stringing for the Associated Press, where he worked in large and small format film and traditional hand-processing and printing. Grossman left college in his senior year, three credits short of a bachelor’s degree in international politics, to start a television production company. Working as videographer, then editor and producer, he ushered in the transition from linear to non-linear editing workflows.

Moving to Los Angeles in 2001 to seek out what he considered to be the future of filmmaking, Grossmann began his career in feature film visual effects with paint and roto positions on films like Spider-Man and Hart's War. He was visual effects supervisor on Hollow Man II, sequence supervisor on Sin City and compositing supervisor on The Day After Tomorrow. He was also a digital compositor on Master and Commander and The Italian Job. In addition to serving as supervising compositor on more than 650 shots for Coronado, Grossmann designed the main titles for the film.

In 2006, Grossmann won an Emmy for Outstanding Visual Effects for his work as a digital compositor on the 2005 mini-series The Triangle. 

Since joining The Syndicate, Grossmann has directed the You Are Here commercial campaign for Six Flags, on which he was additionally responsible for all aspects of production, still photography, and visual effects design and supervision. He has also directed Anatomical, a television and print campaign for sport equipment manufacturer CCM.

Grossmann recently won a Gold Clio for visual effects on The Key to Reserva, a seven-minute commercial short film for the Spanish winery Freixenet, working with famed director Martin Scorsese. Earlier this year, Grossmann enjoyed a similar collaboration with Scorsese and visual effects supervisor Rob Legato on the Rolling Stones feature film Shine a Light.  He has just wrapped VFX Supervising principle photography on Scorsese's next film Shutter Island with The Syndicate as lead VFX house.

He also recently designed the workflow and VFX supervised the groundbreaking Radiohead music video for "House of Cards;" the first known project to be shot entirely with LIDAR scanners.  The video has received acclaim, and the raw data elements were provided on Google for anyone to create their own version of the video, spawning a flood of user-created variations building off The Syndicate's work.

Identifying the rising talent that will shape the industry in the coming years, The Hollywood Reporter singled out Grossmann in its prestigious 2007 Next Generation issue.  Grossmann continues to direct commercials and VFX supervise a variety of features, commercials and music videos for The Syndicate while developing new film and digital workflows for filmmaking.

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Bill Desowitz (2012) — Senior Editor, Animation World Magazine
Bill Oversaw editorial for premier online trade publication/portal devoted to animation and visual effects (awn.com). Assign, edit and proof nearly a dozen features a month, as well as write significant features and news.

Bill Oversaw editorial for premier online trade publication/portal devoted to animation and visual effects (awn.com). Assign, edit and proof nearly a dozen features a month, as well as write significant features and news.

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Bill Kroyer (2013) — Director of Digital Arts, Chapman University
Bill Kroyer is an Oscar®-nominated director of animation and computer graphics commercials, short films, movie titles and theatrical films. Trained in classic hand-drawn animation at the Disney Studio, Bill was one of the first animators to make the leap to computer animation as Computer Image... » more

Bill Kroyer is an Oscar®-nominated director of animation and computer graphics commercials, short films, movie titles and theatrical films. Trained in classic hand-drawn animation at the Disney Studio, Bill was one of the first animators to make the leap to computer animation as Computer Image Choreographer on Disney’s ground-breaking 1982 feature TRON. He pioneered the technique of combining hand-drawn animation with computer animation on projects such as his theatrical animated feature film FernGully, The Last Rainforest and his short film Technological Threat. As Senior Animation Director at Rhythm & Hues Studios he directed animation on scores of commercials and many feature films, including Cats and Dogs, Garfield, and Scooby Doo. Bill is co-Chair of the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and a Governor of the Academy’s Short Films and Feature Animation Branch. He is a tenured Professor who serves as Director of Digital Arts at the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University in Orange, California.

 

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Bill Mechanic (2010) — Producer and CEO, Pandemonium Films
Through his company, Pandemonium Films, respected industry veteran and independent producer, Bill Mechanic continues to produce high quality films with directors such as Henry Selick (Coraline), Terence Malick, David Fincher and Walter Salles (Dark Water).   He also recently co- produced the 82nd... » more

Through his company, Pandemonium Films, respected industry veteran and independent producer, Bill Mechanic continues to produce high quality films with directors such as Henry Selick (Coraline), Terence Malick, David Fincher and Walter Salles (Dark Water).   He also recently co- produced the 82nd Academy Awards with Adam Shankman.
Prior to Pandemonium, Mechanic was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment for seven years. As Chairman and CEO, Mechanic oversaw all operations of the studio including worldwide feature film production, marketing and distribution activities, as well as all worldwide operations for Fox Video, Fox Interactive, Licensing and Merchandising, and Fox Music.
During Mechanic’s tenure at Fox, Mechanic revitalized the comic book genre with X MEN, the first successful adaptation in nearly a decade.  Under his reign, the company produced such hit films as Cast Away, Titanic, Independence Day, Entrapment, Big Momma’s House, What Lies Beneath, Men Of Honor, Never Been Kissed, There’s Something About Mary, Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition, Braveheart, Boys Don’t Cry, Quills, Mrs. Doubtfire, Speed, True Lies, Die Hard With A Vengeance, The Full Monty, Dr. Dolittle, The X-Files, Me Myself And Irene, The Thin Red Line, Ever After, William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Broken Arrow, Courage Under Fire, Soul Food, Anastasia and Waiting To Exhale.

 

Twentieth Century Fox also released Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace, the new chapter in George Lucas’ epic saga, in 1999. Greenlit by Mechanic, but released after his departure from Fox, were Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge, Tim Burton’s reinterpretation of Planet Of The Apes, and Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report, starring Tom Cruise, as well as sequels to the franchise projects Mechanic had greenlit, most notably the X-Men franchise.

 

Under Mechanic, Twentieth Century Fox in 1998 was the number one studio in worldwide box-office gross. That same year, Fox Music produced five of the top ten selling soundtracks: Titanic, Hope Floats, Doctor Dolittle, Bulworth, and Ally McBeal.  In addition, Fox has produced six of the top ten grossing movies of all time, and six of the top ten selling live action videos – both domestically and internationally – including the best selling video in history, Titanic. For three years of Mechanic’s tenure, Fox produced the number one grossing movies worldwide with Die Hard With A Vengeance, Independence Day and Titanic, shared the Best Picture Oscar for two years (Braveheart and Titanic), and won the Best Actress Award for Boys Don’t Cry. In all, Fox earned 42 Oscar nominations and 2 Best Picture Oscars under Mechanic’s tenure.

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Bob Coleman (2012) — President, Digital Artists Agency, Inc (DAA)
Bob Coleman is President and founder of Digital Artists Agency, Inc (DAA), the first below-the-line agency to represent the full spectrum of visual effects artisans for feature films, television and commercials. Founded in 1998, DAA is deeply connected to the entertainment industry, forging strong... » more

Bob Coleman is President and founder of Digital Artists Agency, Inc (DAA), the first below-the-line agency to represent the full spectrum of visual effects artisans for feature films, television and commercials. Founded in 1998, DAA is deeply connected to the entertainment industry, forging strong relationships with studios and facilities based on its integrity and track record. With its global reach, DAA works closely with studios to provide the best talent available in a vital and collaborative relationship, while providing strategic career management and contract negotiations to its talent roster.

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Bob Pisano (2011) — President and COO, Motion Picture Association of America
Bob Pisano has over 40 years’ experience in organizational leadership in the entertainment industry and law. Until September 2011, Bob served as President and COO of the Motion Picture Association of America, where he was responsible for the worldwide operations of the motion picture and television... » more

Bob Pisano has over 40 years’ experience in organizational leadership in the entertainment industry and law.

Until September 2011, Bob served as President and COO of the Motion Picture Association of America, where he was responsible for the worldwide operations of the motion picture and television industry trade association.  He also served as President and Interim CEO from January 2010 until March 2011.

Prior to joining the MPAA, he was appointed to the top post at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) where he served as National Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer from 2001 - 2005.  Before joining SAG, Bob served six years (1993-1999) at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), first as Executive Vice President, then as Vice Chairman and member of the Board of Directors. In his capacity as Vice Chairman, he acted as chief operating officer of the organization and oversaw all of its business activities and operations. Between 1985 and 1991, Bob was Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Office of the Chairman of Paramount Pictures.

From 1968-1985 and again in 1992-1993, Bob practiced law with the Los Angeles law firm O'Melveny & Myers, specializing in business litigation and entertainment matters. During the period 1979-1983, he was the partner in charge of the firm's Paris office.
  
Bob attended San Jose State University where he received a BA in Public Administration in 1965. In 1968 he was awarded his law degree by Boalt Hall at the University of California in Berkeley, and later studied foreign and comparative law at Columbia University.

In April 2010 Bob was elected Chairman of the Motion Picture and Television Fund.  He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Executive Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and serves as Lead Independent Director of Resources Global Professionals (Nasdaq  RECN).

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Buzz Hays (2012) — Former Senior Vice President of 3D Production, Sony Corporation
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Buzz Hays is one of the leading experts in stereoscopic 3D film development, production, and postproduction in the motion picture and television industry. As senior vice president of 3D production at Sony
Corporation, he played a key role as the 3D expert worldwide, from film production to live-broadcast events to consumer and professional electronics design. Hays founded the award-winning Sony 3D Technology Center, where he oversaw the creative and technical direction of Sony’s 3D efforts on multiple platforms. He was integral to the rollout of Sony 3DTV in 2010 and his contributions in camera design for 3D has led to successful products in the marketplace both for professionals and consumers. Hays has collaborated with the most influential filmmakers and leaders in the film and television industry on the creation of highquality 3D storytelling experiences, and he lectures on the subject of 3D to international audiences. Before joining Sony, Hays was an independent animation and film producer (“Swimming With Sharks”), and served as head of research and development at Lucasfilm THX.

 

Experience
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF 3D PRODUCTION, SONY CORPORATION - CULVER CITY, NEW YORK, TOKYO (2009-2012)
3D Technology Center - Designed, built, staffed and managed company-wide division.
Sony Consumer and Broadcast Electronics - Consultant to technology R&D teams throughout Sony worldwide.
3D Storytelling Consultant - Consultant to leading film and television directors, producers and editors working in 3D production.
SENIOR PRODUCER - 3D FEATURE FILMS, SONY PICTURES IMAGEWORKS, CULVER CITY, CA (2006-2009)
Alice In Wonderland (Disney) - Consulting 3D Producer (2009)
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (Sony Pictures Animation) - Consulting 3D Producer (2009)
G-Force 3D (Bruckheimer Films/Disney) - Senior 3D Producer (2009)
Jonas Bros. 3D Concert Experience (Disney) - Senior 3D VFX Producer (2009)
Beowulf (Paramount Pictures/Warner Bros.) - Senior 3D Producer (2007)
Open Season (Sony Pictures Animation) - Senior 3D Producer (2006)
Monster House (Columbia Pictures) - Senior 3D Producer (2006)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - COMMERCIALS & MUSIC VIDEOS, RADIUM, SANTA MONICA, CA (2005)
Missy Elliot “Lose Control” - Award-winning music video - Executive Producer (2005)
Spider Man 2.5 (Columbia Pictures) - European DVD release VFX - Executive Producer (2005)
Warm Springs (HBO) - VFX Producer/Executive Producer (2005)

 

Commercial Production:
Coca-Cola, Budweiser, Bud Light, Oracle, Texas Instruments/DLP, and VW Polo - Executive Producer (2005)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER//PRODUCER - MAIN TITLE SEQUENCES & VFX, YU+CO, HOLLYWOOD, CA (2003-2004)
NOVA (WGBH) - Series Intro - Producer/Executive Producer (2004)
Beijing Summer Olympics (Int’l Olympics Committee) - Inaugural film - Producer (2004)
Catwoman (Warner Bros.) - Main Titles - Producer/Executive Producer (2004)
The Terminal (Dreamworks) - Main Titles - Producer/Executive Producer (2004)
Chronicles of Riddick (Universal Pictures) - Main Titles - Producer/Executive Producer (2004)
Taking Lives (Warner Bros.) - Main Titles - Producer/Executive Producer (2004)
Van Helsing (Universal) - VFX - Producer/Executive Producer (2004)
Iron Jawed Angels (HBO) - Main Titles - Producer/Executive Producer (2003)
Sobini Films Logo - Motion Logo Design - Producer/Executive Producer (2003)
Sex and the City (TBS) - Series Launch Campaign - Producer/Executive Producer (2003)
The Last Shot (Touchstone Pictures) - Main Titles - Producer/Executive Producer (2003)
HBO Summer Films Campaign (HBO) - Producer/Executive Producer (2003)
 

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Carl Rosendahl (2010,2013) — Faculty, Carnegie Mellon University Entertainment Technology Center
Carl graduated with a BSEE from Stanford University in 1979. Seeking a way to combine his passions for filmmaking and technology, he founded Pacific Data Images in 1980. PDI became, and continues to be, one of the pioneering and most highly innovative creators of computer animation for film and... » more

Carl graduated with a BSEE from Stanford University in 1979. Seeking a way to combine his passions for filmmaking and technology, he founded Pacific Data Images in 1980. PDI became, and continues to be, one of the pioneering and most highly innovative creators of computer animation for film and television. During his 20 years of leading the organization, PDI produced over 700 commercials, worked on visual effects for over 70 feature films and, in partnership with DreamWorks SKG, produced the hit animated film “Antz” and the Academy Award winning “Shrek.” The company has received multiple Emmy Awards and in 1998 Carl was recognized with a Technical Achievement Academy Award for PDI’s contributions to modern filmmaking. In early 2000 he sold PDI to DreamWorks SKG, where the company continues to develop and produce animated feature films, including the “Shrek” series and “Madagascar.”

 

Carl is currently an Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center, and is a Co-Director of the Silicon Valley satellite campus. He mentors and advises students working on their Masters in Entertainment Technology degrees and teaches a course on entrepreneurship. In addition, Carl is an advisor for a number of companies, where he specializes in helping to direct and manage creative organizations that are technology based.

 

Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, Carl was the CEO and founder of Uth TV, a television and web outlet tapping into the exploding power of youth voice and digital storytelling.

From 2000 through 2002, Carl was a Managing Director at Mobius Venture Capital (formerly Softbank Venture Capital) where he focused on investments in the technology and media space.

 

Carl is also active with a number of non-profit organizations.

Carl was a founding board member of the Visual Effects Society (VES) in 1995 and served as the Chair of the Society’s Board of Directors from 2004 through 2006. The Visual Effects Society is an organization comprised of nearly 3,000 effects professionals who desire to honor, advance and promote visual effects for its membership and the industry as a whole.

 

In 2008, Carl joined the board of ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career. ConnectED is dedicated to improving California’s high schools and preparing students for postsecondary education and careers.

 

From 2003 through 2005, Carl was a member of the Board of Trustees of Montalvo Arts Center. Montalvo is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a love of the arts. During his three years on the board, Carl chaired the Visual Arts Committee, the Performing Arts Committee and served as a Vice President on the Executive Committee.

Carl also served on the Board of Advisors of Media-X at Stanford University. Media-X is a multi-disciplinary research and industry initiative focusing on the future of interactive media.

Carl is married and has two sons. He is an active photographer, an amateur musician, enjoys building original projects (such as a functioning electric guitar built with Lego), and participating in outdoor activities such as fly fishing and wakeboarding.

 

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Carolyn Giardina (2010) — Media and Entertainment Journalist
Journalist Carolyn Giardina has spent more than 15 years covering media and entertainment, with emphasis on the impact of technology as well as the creative process. That has included coverage of global transitions toward digital cinema and DTV, as well as activity in stereoscopic 3D.  Her credits... » more

Journalist Carolyn Giardina has spent more than 15 years covering media and entertainment, with emphasis on the impact of technology as well as the creative process. That has included coverage of global transitions toward digital cinema and DTV, as well as activity in stereoscopic 3D.  Her credits as an editor, reporter and/or columnist include "The Hollywood Reporter," “British Cinematographer,” “Film & Video,” “Shoot” and “Variety.” She has also been an on-camera reporter for the syndicated cable program from "The Hollywood Reporter,” and was a contributing writer to the second edition of the book “The Guide to Digital Television.”

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Catherine Hardwicke (2009) — Writer/Director
As a storyteller, Catherine Hardwicke is drawn to emotion-driven, often edgy material. Her ability to portray the subtleties of teenage life brings realism to both her independent and commercial films. Most recently, Hardwicke directed the film TWILIGHT, based on the best selling novels by... » more

As a storyteller, Catherine Hardwicke is drawn to emotion-driven, often edgy material. Her ability to portray the subtleties of teenage life brings realism to both her independent and commercial films.
Most recently, Hardwicke directed the film TWILIGHT, based on the best selling novels by Stephenie Meyer. Set in a teenage world ripe with obsessions and self-discovery, TWILIGHT explores the dangerous love between a teenage girl (Kristen Stewart) and a vampire (Rob Pattinson).  TWILIGHT currently holds the record for the highest-grossing opening weekend ever by a female director and the soundtrack debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 200.  Hardwicke has also recently teamed up with Little Brown Publishing to release the “Twilight Director’s Journal” - an intimate behind-the-scenes portrait of the making of the film.  It quickly reached the top of the New York Times Young Adult Non-Fiction Bestseller list, and has been translated into twelve different languages.

Hardwicke’s debut as a feature film writer/director was THIRTEEN, a graphic look at the downward spiraling lives of teens as they discover drugs, sex, and petty crime.  The film starred Holly Hunter and established Evan Rachel Wood and Nikki Reed as rising young stars.  Hardwicke was honored with the Director’s Award from the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and the film went on to win top awards at Deauville, Locarno, and Nantucket film festivals and land a SPIRIT AWARD for Reed, Golden Globe nominations for Hunter and Wood, and an Academy Award nomination for Hunter.

Hardwicke conceived THIRTEEN’s bold, visual style as a way of matching the intensity of a young girl’s journey, pulling from her experience as a production designer. As a production designer, she worked with critically acclaimed directors such as Cameron Crowe (on VANILLA SKY), David O. Russell (on THREE KINGS), Costa Gavras (on MAD CITY), and Richard Linklater (on SUBURBIA, THE NEWTON BOYS).  She designed over twenty films, including TOMBSTONE and LAUREL CANYON.

Hardwicke’s sophomore film was Columbia’s LORDS OF DOGTOWN, starring Heath Ledger, Emile Hirsch, Victor Rasuk, and John Robinson.  Dogtown chronicles the story of three boys from fractured homes in rough Venice neighborhoods who revolutionized skateboarding in the 70”s.  Dogtown won the coveted High Times “ Stoner Movie of the Year” award.
THE NATIVITY STORY, filmed in Italy and Morocco, marked Hardwicke’s third directorial endeavor.  This period epic depicts Mary, (WHALE RIDER’s Keisha Castle-Hughes) as a 14-yr-old Jewish peasant girl, living under the oppressive rule of Rome’s client-king Herod (Cieran Hinds).  Nativity was the first feature film to premiere at the Vatican, playing to an audience of 7000 nuns, priests, and non-subscribers to High Times magazine.

Catherine is currently developing a contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s HAMLET.  Emile Hirsch (Lords of Dogtown, Milk, Into the Wild) is set to star in the title role, with Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen (Milk, American Beauty) producing.  Screenwriter Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia, The Painted Veil) has transformed Shakespeare’s text into an intense psychological thriller, giving the classic play a dark, modern twist.
A native of the South Texas border town of McAllen, Hardwicke studied art in Mexico and received a degree in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin.  She designed and constructed a 20-acre passive solar townhouse complex in Texas, then enrolled in UCLA’s Graduate Film School, where she completed her first animated/live action short. It won her a Nissan Focus Award and toured in the Landmark “Best of UCLA” film program.

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
-Academy Awards (2004)
-Nomination for Holly Hunter – Best Actress in a Supporting Role
-Golden Globe Awards (2004)
-Nomination for Holly Hunter – Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
-Nomination for Evan Rachel Wood – Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
-National Board of Review, USA (2003)
-Won Special Recognition for Excellence in Filmmaking
-Sundance Film Festival (2003)
-Won Directing Award (Dramatic) for “Thirteen”
-Locarno International Film Festival (2003)
-Won Silver Leopard (Best First or Second Feature Film) for “Thirteen”
-Deauville Film Festival (2003)
-Won Jury Special Prize for “Thirteen”
-Independent Spirit Awards (2004)
-Won Best Debut Performance – Nikki Reed
-Nominated for Best First Screenplay
-Nominated for Best First Feature
-Nantucket Film Festival (2003)
-Won Screenwriting Award (Best Feature Screenplay) for “Thirteen” – Shared with Nikki Reed
-Bratislava International Film Festival (2003)
-Nominated for Grand Prix for “Thirteen”
-Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards (2003)
-Nominated for WAFCA Award – Best Original Screenplay for “Thirteen” (Shared with Nikki Reed)
-Director’s View Film Festival (2004)
-Won Dorothy Arzner Prize for “Thirteen”
-BAFTA Awards (2004)
-Nominated for Holly Hunter – Best Performance by Actress in a Supporting Role
-Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards (2004)
-Nomination for Holly Hunter for Critics Choice Award – Best Supporting Actress
-Nominations for Evan Rachel Wood for Critics Choice Award – Best Young Actor/Actress
-Chicago Film Critics Association Awards (2004)
-Nomination for Holly Hunter for CFCA Award – Best Supporting Actress
-Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards (2004)
-Nominated for PFCS Award – Best Original Screenplay “Thirteen” (Shared with Nikki Reed)
-Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards (2004)
-Won Sierra Award – Best Supporting Actress (Holly Hunter)
-Won Sierra Award – Youth in Film (Evan Rachel Wood)
-London Critics Circle Film Awards (2004)
-Nomination for Holly Hunter for ALFS Award – Actress of the Year
-Prism Awards
-Won Prism Award for Performance in Theatrical Feature Film (Evan Rachel Wood)
-Nomination for Prism Award for Best Theatrical Feature Film
-Screen Actors Guild Awards (2004)
-Nomination for Holly Hunter – Outstanding Performance for a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
-Nomination for Evan Rachel Wood – Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.
-MTV Movie Awards (2004)
-Nomination for Evan Rachel Wood for MTV Movie Award – Breakthrough Female Performance
-Satellite Awards (2004)
-Nominated for Golden Satellite Award – Best Director for “Thirteen”
-Nominated for Golden Satellite Award – Best Original Screenplay for “Thirteen” (Shared with Nikki Reed)
-MovieGuide Awards (2007)
-Won Epiphany Prize for “The Nativity Story”
-Heartland Film Festival (2007)
-Won Truly Moving Sound Award – Truly Moving Picture
-Young Artist Awards (2007)
-Nomination for Keisha Castle-Hughes for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress
-Other Venice Film Festival (2008)
-Won Maverick Abbot Award
-Elle Magazine Icon Award (2008)
-Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards (2009)
-Honored with Ann Richards Award
-MTV Movie Awards (2009)
-Won 6 Awards including Best Picture, Best  Nominated for 7.
Young Hollywood Awards (2009)
-Honored with Young Hollywood “Dream Director” Award
-Women in Film Society (2009)
-Honored with “Dorothy Arzner Director’s Award”
 

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs (2013) — Pres, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Boone Isaacs was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on July 30, 2013 by the organization’s Board of Governors. She is beginning her 21st year as a governor representing the Public Relations Branch. Boone Isaacs served as first vice president during the past year... » more

Boone Isaacs was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on July 30, 2013 by the organization’s Board of Governors. She is beginning her 21st year as a governor representing the Public Relations Branch. Boone Isaacs served as first vice president during the past year. She also produced the 2012 Governors Awards.

Boone Isaacs currently heads CBI Enterprises, Inc., where she has consulted on marketing efforts on such films as “The Call,” “The Artist,” “The King’s Speech,” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Spider‐Man 2” and “Tupac: Resurrection.” Boone Isaacs previously served as president of theatrical marketing for New Line Cinema, where she oversaw numerous box office successes, including “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” and “Rush Hour.” Prior to joining New Line in 1997, she was executive vice president of worldwide publicity for Paramount Pictures, where she orchestrated publicity campaigns for the Best Picture winners “Forrest Gump” and “Braveheart.” Boone Isaacs earned a B.A. in Political Science from Whittier College.

 

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Chris de Faria (2009,2011,2013) — Pres, Digital Prod, Animation and VFX Warner Bros. Pictures
CHRIS deFARIA is President, Digital Production, Animation and Visual Effects for Warner Bros. Pictures. His recent projects include Zack Snyder’s blockbuster “Man of Steel”; Guillermo del Toro’s, “Pacific Rim”, Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”; and the record- breaking conclusion... » more

CHRIS deFARIA is President, Digital Production, Animation and Visual Effects for Warner Bros. Pictures. His recent projects include Zack Snyder’s blockbuster “Man of Steel”; Guillermo del Toro’s, “Pacific Rim”, Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”; and the record- breaking conclusion to the Harry Potter film franchise, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.”
He also served as an executive producer on Alfonso Cuaron’s, Gravity”, Snyder’s animated adventure “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” and action fantasy “Sucker Punch,” as well as George Miller’s “Happy Feet Two.”

Spearheading the studio’s expanding efforts in innovative animation and hybrid filmmaking, deFaria was instrumental in the production of “300,” “Corpse Bride” and “Happy Feet.” At Warner Bros., he has also been involved in such film productions as the “Dark Knight” trilogy, “Where the Wild Things Are,” “Watchmen,” “Clash of the Titans,” and “The Matrix” trilogy. Prior to that, deFaria produced the hit “Cats & Dogs” and the combination animation/live action comedy “Looney Tunes: Back in Action.”

He is the recipient of three regional Emmy Awards and two NATPE Iris awards. His extensive television credits include numerous documentaries, primetime specials and longform projects, including, as producer, “In Concert Against AIDS,” NBC’s “And Then She Was Gone” and Universal’s “Tremors II.” A graduate of UCLA, deFaria is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Chris del Conte (2012) — Managing Director, Prime Focus, Los Angeles
Chris Del Conte is currently at Prime Focus World as Managing Director, Los Angeles, following a successful earlier stint as a Senior Producer between 2008 and 2010. During this time he was instrumental in the "Op's Center" sequences of James Cameron's 'Avatar' and also produced the 3D conversions... » more

Chris Del Conte is currently at Prime Focus World as Managing Director, Los Angeles, following a successful earlier stint as a Senior Producer between 2008 and 2010. During this time he was instrumental in the "Op's Center" sequences of James Cameron's 'Avatar' and also produced the 3D conversions of 'Cats and Dogs 2' and the infamous 'Clash of the Titans'. He is now responsible for all aspects of the Prime Focus Los Angeles office including View-DT stereo 3D conversions and R&D.

Previously he worked at Technicolor's 3D division, where as Executive Producer, he orchestrated the complete buildup of the division and oversaw conversion projects including DreamWorks Animation's 'Kung Fu Panda' (2008) and the high profile Chinese animated project "The Monkey King". Chris started his career in 1995 working at Amblin Imaging, Steven Spielberg's VFX company, before going to Cinesite where he worked on 'Titanic' and 'Space Jam'. Other film and television VFX producing credits include 'The Matrix Reloaded' and 'The Matrix Revolutions' at Centropolis Effects, as well as 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith', ABC's 'Lost', 'Talladega Nights', and 'Live Free or Die Hard' for Digital Dimension.

In 2006 he won an Emmy for Outstanding Graphic Design for FOX's Super Bowl XXXIX Opener and also received a nomination in 2007 for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special for HBO's 'Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee'.

Chris' current duties at Prime Focus include managing the 3D conversions of the Lucasfilm projects Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Of which he is a longtime fan of the franchise and is thrilled to be involved with those projects.
 

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Chris Edwards (2013) — CEO & Creative Director, The Third Floor, Inc.
After 5 years as a Layout Artist and Character Animator at Walt Disney Feature Animation, Chris joined a team of digital artists at Lucasfilm tasked with previsualizing Star Wars: Episode III from the "third floor" of George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch mansion.  In October 2004, Edwards spearheaded the... » more

After 5 years as a Layout Artist and Character Animator at Walt Disney Feature Animation, Chris joined a team of digital artists at Lucasfilm tasked with previsualizing Star Wars: Episode III from the "third floor" of
George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch mansion.  In October 2004, Edwards spearheaded the creation of THE THIRD FLOOR, Inc. in Los Angeles, which has become the world's largest international previs company.
 
As CEO and Creative Director, Edwards has helped design many feature films, commercials, and video game cinematics.  Theatrical credits include Avatar, Alice in Wonderland, War Horse, Iron Man 2, Thor & The Avengers.  Cinematic credits include Resident Evil 5, Lost Planet 2, Starcraft II & Diablo III.

Chris Edwards has established a branch of THE THIRD FLOOR in London and Montreal and he is one of the founders of the Previsualization Society, an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the artform of previs.  In 2011 Edwards co-founded HYDRA Entertainment to develop original content and produce strong, story-driven franchises.

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Chris Kubsch (2013) — President Method Studios
Christian Kubsch is president of Method Studios, the visual-effects unit of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, with bases in Los Angeles, London, Vancouver, Sydney, Melbourne, New York, Chicago, Detroit, and Atlanta. Method’s credits include the commercials DirecTV “Troll” (AICP Award for... » more

Christian Kubsch is president of Method Studios, the visual-effects unit of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, with bases in Los Angeles, London, Vancouver, Sydney, Melbourne, New York, Chicago, Detroit, and Atlanta. Method’s credits include the commercials DirecTV “Troll” (AICP Award for Animation), Super Bowl hit Kia “Space Babies,” Chevy “2012 Silverado” (VES Award and HPA Award winner); and recent films “Iron Man 3,” “Cloud Atlas,” “Argo,” “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” “Wrath of the Titans.” ” The Wolverine,” “White House Down,” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

Prior to joining Method, Kubsch served as President of Prana Studios, a visual effects & animation studio with operations in Los Angeles and Mumbai. Prana’s VFX credits include “Hitchcock,” “John Carter,” “Transformers: Dark Of The Moon.” “Thor.” and “Tron: Legacy.” Prana also provided exclusive digital animation services for “Disney’s Secret Of The Wings,” and “Planes.”

Kubsch joined Prana from ImageMovers Digital (IMD), a joint venture between Academy Award® winning director Robert Zemeckis and The Walt Disney Studios. As IMD’s EVP and General Manager, Kubsch was in charge of Digital Production for “Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” “Mars Needs Moms,” and pre-production for “The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine.”

Previously Kubsch served as the first Managing Director of Lucasfilm in Singapore. He was responsible for start-up, initial build out, and talent acquisition for the studio’s first slate of animation, vfx, and interactive entertainment titles, including “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

Kubsch also enjoyed a stint as a production executive at DreamWorks Animation and served as VFX and Animation producer for several other Hollywood studios. His production credits include “Over The Hedge,” “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” “The Matrix: Revolutions & Reloaded,” “Mars Attacks!,” “Titanic,” and “The Mask.”

Earlier Mr. Kubsch joined Douglas Trumbull and his team at IMAX Corporation as Executive Producer and Vice President, where he was responsible for the development and production of special venue films in the company’s 70mm/15perf and Vista Vision formats.

He began his career with Universal Studios in Hollywood, where he coordinated and later production managed and produced several film-based attractions, including “2010,” “Star Trek,” “Back To the Future The Ride,” “T23D,” and “Jurassic Park.”

A native of West-Berlin, Germany, Kubsch graduated from John F. Kennedy International School prior to studying film and theater production at New York’s Long Island University.

Kubsch is an active member of the Producers Guild of America and a founding member of the Visual Effects Society.

 

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Chris Meledandri (2013) — Founder, CEO, Producer, Illumination Entertainment
CHRIS MELEDANDRI is the founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment, which has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures. In July 2010, Illumination released its first film under this agreement, Despicable Me, which starred Steve Carell and earned more than $540... » more

CHRIS MELEDANDRI is the founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment, which has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures. In July 2010, Illumination released its first film under this agreement, Despicable Me, which starred Steve Carell and earned more than $540 million worldwide.

In April 2011, Illumination released Hop, which starred Russell Brand and James Marsden and became the No. 1 film in North America for two consecutive weeks. Illumination followed this up in March 2012, when it released its next fully animated feature film, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, which had the highest three-day opening for an animated film that year ($70.2 million) and also had the eighth-highest domestic opening for an animated film of all time. The Lorax continued the successful collaboration between Meledandri and Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel’s widow, Audrey Geisel.

Universal and Illumination’s Despicable Me 2, which was released this year to critical acclaim, recently became the 5th highest-grossing animated film of all time worldwide, opening No. 1 in 67 territories across the globe and earning more than $885 million.

Meledandri is currently in production on Minions, an original animated film starring Oscar® winner Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm that will be released on July 10, 2015, as well as an untitled project that will be released on February 12, 2016.

Meledandri was previously an executive at 20th Century Fox for 13 years. While there, he became founding president of 20th Century Fox Animation, which he headed for eight years, amassing more than $2 billion in global box-office revenue.

During his tenure, he helped 20th Century Fox become a major player in the world of animated feature films and in 1998, he led 20th Century Fox’s acquisition of fledgling visual effects/commercial house Blue Sky Studios, which he built into a successful producer of animated features. He oversaw the creative and business operations of Blue Sky Studios, now 20th Century Fox’s wholly owned CGI studio. While at the studio, Meledandri supervised and/or executive produced movies including Ice Age, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Robots, Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Simpsons Movie and Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!.

Before joining 20th Century Fox, Meledandri was president of Dawn Steel Pictures at Walt Disney Pictures, where he served as an executive producer of Cool Runnings.

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Christian Roberton (2011) — Managing Director, Film, MPC
Christian started his career in the traditional drawn animation business in the mid 90’s. Working for a number of London based traditional animation companies on commercial and television series production. This led to the animation production company Uli Meyer Studios where he became company... » more

Christian started his career in the traditional drawn animation business in the mid 90’s. Working for a number of London based traditional animation companies on commercial and television series production. This led to the animation production company Uli Meyer Studios where he became company manager running all aspects of the business from commercial to feature production.
Christian joined MPC in 2003, where he started as a VFX production manager and within 5 years became a Managing Director of Film.  During his time as MD, MPC have opened a studio in Vancouver, Canada which now consists of more than 250 seats and Bangalore, India which has around 180 seats.
MPC are currently working on Prometheus, Superman: Man of Steel, Wrath of the Titans, World War Z, Dark Shadows,  47 Ronin, Life of Pi, Jack the Giant Killer and Journey 2: The Mysterious island.

Select Filmography:
•  Prince of Persia (2010)                                               Visual Effects Executive Producer
•  Robin Hood (2010)                                                      Visual Effects Executive Producer
•  Clash of the Titans (2010)                                         Visual Effects Executive Producer
•  Percy Jackson and The Olympians (2010)              Visual Effects Executive Producer
•  The Wolfman (2010)                                                   Visual Effects Executive Producer
•  Angels and Demons (2009)                                    Visual Effects Executive Producer
•  GI Joe: Rise of Cobra (2009)                                 Visual Effects Executive Producer
•  Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009)    Visual Effects Executive Producer
•  The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)Visual Effects Executive Producer
•  10,000 BC (2007)                                                    Visual Effects Executive Producer
•  Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (2005)             Visual Effects Producer
•  AVP : Alien Vs. Predator (2004)                             Visual Effects Producer
•  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)Visual Effects Production Manager
•  Uli Meyer Studio’s (1998 – 2003)                           Company Manager
 

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Cliff Plumer (2010) — CEO, Digital Domain
Cliff Plumer is responsible for Digital Domain's overall strategy and all aspects of its business. Cliff joined Digital Domain in 2006 as C.T.O., following a ten-year tenure with Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and Lucasfilm Ltd. He has more than twenty years of experience in digital... » more

Cliff Plumer is responsible for Digital Domain's overall strategy and all aspects of its business. Cliff joined Digital Domain in 2006 as C.T.O., following a ten-year tenure with Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and Lucasfilm Ltd. He has more than twenty years of experience in digital entertainment and media technology and a proven track record of providing strategic vision for both technology and operations. At Lucasfilm and ILM Cliff developed a centralized technology strategy for the companies, including the move of its headquarters from Marin County to San Francisco, and he was responsible for building the technical infrastructure of the Letterman Digital Arts Center at the Presidio and the Lucasfilm Animation Studio in Singapore. A graduate of Ithaca College, Cliff began his career in 1984 as a computer graphics artist, camera operator, editor and technician.

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Colin Brown (2009) — British Film Commissioner, UK Film Council
Colin Brown took up the role of British Film Commissioner at the UK Film Council in February 2007.  He is responsible for feature film inward investment into the UK and for promoting the UK as a filming hub for international filmmakers.  Before taking up the role of British Film Commissioner, Colin... » more

Colin Brown took up the role of British Film Commissioner at the UK Film Council in February 2007.  He is responsible for feature film inward investment into the UK and for promoting the UK as a filming hub for international filmmakers. 

Before taking up the role of British Film Commissioner, Colin was a Board Member of the UK Film Council, which was founded by the government in 2000 with the objective of helping to create a sustainable UK Film Industry and to develop film culture by improving access to, and education about, the moving image. 

He spent more than a decade at leading post-production house Cinesite (Europe) Ltd after founding the company in 1994. Under his guidance, Cinesite grew to become one of the largest and most prolific visual effects houses in Europe.  Between 1999 and 2002, Brown oversaw the Hollywood side of the business, Cinesite Inc.  Running a major US based operation for three years gave Brown a clear business understanding of the politics and mechanics of film-making, from inside the international heart of the industry. In 2002, Brown became Chairman of Cinesite’s wide range of services and business interests.

Brown has a wealth of experience in the European production, post-production, transmission and animation markets, including serving as Managing Director of European Television Network Group, Managing Director of Molinare Ltd., and 1986 to 1989 as the Executive Vice President of Rank Cintel Inc., in New York.

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Corey Rosen (2012) — Head of Creative Marketing, Tippett Studios
Corey Rosen is the Head of Creative Marketing at Tippett Studio in Berkeley, California.  Rosen began his career at Industrial Light & Magic as a visual effects artist and screenwriter for 12 years, before moving to The Orphanage, heading their creature department and serving as visual effects... » more

Corey Rosen is the Head of Creative Marketing at Tippett Studio in Berkeley, California.  Rosen began his career at Industrial Light & Magic as a visual effects artist and screenwriter for 12 years, before moving to The Orphanage, heading their creature department and serving as visual effects supervisor on commercials. 

After brief stints at Imagemovers Digital and XYZ Graphics, where he served as creative director, Rosen began teaching graduate animation and visual effects students at the Academy of Art  University in San Francisco.  He joined Tippett Studio in 2011 taking the lead on the creative management of its marketing and finding innovative ways to promote and extend the company's presence in the worlds of social media, publishing, original film production, and advertising.  An initial task that Rosen tackled was the launch and management of a successful Kickstarter campaign for Phil Tippett's independently produced return to stop motion animation, MAD GOD, garnering nearly $125,000 in funding.
 

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Dan Germain (2010) — WW Strategic Business Dev., DVS Digital Video Inc.
Dan is an accomplished industry veteran with broad experience, having held key strategic positions in leading manufacturers across the globe with companies such as Quantel Ltd., Digital Vision AB,  Eyeon Inc. and Avid Technology Inc.   Having played a key part in pushing forward the adoption of... » more

Dan is an accomplished industry veteran with broad experience, having held key strategic positions in leading manufacturers across the globe with companies such as Quantel Ltd., Digital Vision AB,  Eyeon Inc. and Avid Technology Inc.   Having played a key part in pushing forward the adoption of High Definition technology in Europe and with a keen eye for new opportunities with technology he is currently leading DVS in to new areas of the media and entertainment industry.

With over 25 years of experience in the professional video industry, DVS continues to develop revolutionary systems for customized, flexible, high-performance workflows. DVS’s intention is to provide its clients with future-proof technologies while setting standards for the professional video market. 

Last year DVS was honored with winning the Hollywood Post Alliance’s Engineering Excellence Award and at the BANFF World Television Festival, DVS received the 2009 Deluxe Outstanding Technical Achievement Award.

With its DI systems, DVS was the first company in the world to make real-time 4K processing possible.

Headquartered in Hanover (Germany) and Los Angeles (California), DVS also has branch offices in Miami (Florida), Paris (France), Warsaw (Poland), and Singapore.

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Dan Glass (2011) — Sr VFX Supervisor, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Method Studios
Dan Glass joined Method in 2010 as Senior Creative Director overseeing both feature and commercial projects. Glass, who most recently served as Senior VFX Supervisor on Terrence Malick’s Palme D’Or Winner The Tree of Life, has a long list of film credits as Lead or Senior VFX Supervisor that... » more

Dan Glass joined Method in 2010 as Senior Creative Director overseeing both feature and commercial projects. Glass, who most recently served as Senior VFX Supervisor on Terrence Malick’s Palme D’Or Winner The Tree of Life, has a long list of film credits as Lead or Senior VFX Supervisor that includes Batman Begins, Speed Racer and V for Vendetta, as well as both Matrix sequels.

After completing a degree in architecture at University College London, Glass began his career at the Computer Film Company in London, where he literally learned from the ground up, starting first as a runner and projectionist, and then working as a CG artist, programmer and compositor.

Throughout his career, Glass has established relationships with esteemed directors across multiple disciplines and picked up numerous awards, the most recent of which was a VES award for Outstanding Visual Effects for the epic commercial Halo Reach: Deliver Hope. Currently based in Los Angeles, Glass continues his quest to drive future growth at Method and CIS and establish the most creative, efficient and technically advanced visual effects group in the world.

With locations in Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York, London, and Sydney, Method and CIS are leading post production facilities providing a full range of visual effects services to high-end feature film, television, commercial and gaming clients in the global marketplace. As artist-driven companies, both Method and CIS are built around an exceptional team of award winning VFX professionals providing conceptual design, look development, on-set supervision, 3D animation/CGI, matte painting, plus compositing and finishing. Recent features credits include Salt, The Green Hornet, The Sorcerer's Apprentice and Red, while commercial campaigns include Bridgestone 'Carma', Halo Reach 'Deliver Hope' and Jameson 'Fire'.

Dan Glass Feature Film Credits
The Tree of Life (sr visual effects supervisor, 2011)
Ninja Assassin (visual effects supervisor, 2009)
Speed Racer (visual effects supervisor, 2008)
V for Vendetta (visual effects supervisor, 2005)
Batman Begins (visual effects supervisor, 2005)
The Matrix Revolutions (visual effects supervisor, 2003)
Enter the Matrix (visual effects supervisor, 2003)
The Matrix Reloaded (visual effects supervisor, 2003)
Thir13en Ghosts (visual effects supervisor, 2001)
Bless the Child (compositing supervisor, 2000)
Mission: Impossible II (compositing supervisor, 2000)
The Beach (digital effects designer, 2000/2001)
Sleepy Hollow (visual effects designer, 1999)
The Bone Collector (CG animator, 1999)
The Debt Collector (digital effects supervisor, 1999)
Notting Hill (digital visual effects designer, 1999)
Alice in Wonderland (TV) (visual effects designer, 1999)
In Dreams (visual effects designer, 1999)
The Avengers (visual effects lead animator, 1998)
Snake Eyes (visual effects designer, 1998)
Spice World (visual effects designer, 1997)
Tomorrow Never Dies (visual effects designer, 1997)
Photographing Fairies (visual effects designer, 1997)
Event Horizon (visual effects designer, 1997)
The Saint (visual effects, 1997)
Hamlet (visual effects designer, 1996)
The English Patient (visual effects compositor, 1996)
Mission: Impossible (visual effects designer, 1996)
Muppet Treasure Island (visual effects designer, 1996)
Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (visual effects compositor, 1995)
French Kiss (visual effects operator, 1995)

Awards
Visual Effects Society award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial for Halo Reach: Deliver Hope (2011)
Satellite award for Best Visual Effects for V for Vendetta (2005)
BAFTA nomination for Visual Effects for Batman Begins (2006)
Saturn Awards nomination for Visual Effects in Batman Begins (2006)
Visual Effects Society award for Best Single Visual Effect Shot for Matrix Reloaded Tractor Trailer Crash (2004)
Australian Effects and Animation Festival award for Best Visual Effects in a Feature Film for Matrix Reloaded (2005)
Prix Ars Electronica award for Distinction for Visual Effects for Guinness “Surfer” (1999)
D&AD Gold award for Outstanding Visual Effects for Guinness “Surfer” (1999)
“Best Advert Ever,” voted by readers of the UK’s Guardian for Guinness “Surfer” (1999)
 

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Daryn Okada, ASC (2009) — Cinematographer
Daryn Okada, ASC (Director of Photography) has photographed every movie genre from period epics to comedy and suspense.  He has of collaborated with director Mark Waters on three features, “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Michael Douglas; “Just Like... » more

Daryn Okada, ASC (Director of Photography) has photographed every movie genre from period epics to comedy and suspense.  He has of collaborated with director Mark Waters on three features, “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Michael Douglas; “Just Like Heaven,” starring Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo; and “Mean Girls”.  His work can be seen this summer in the Paramount Vantage release

Among Okada’s recent projects are the hit comedies “Baby Mama,” starring Tina Fey and Amy Pohler, and “Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.” Both films opened on the same weekend to numbers one and two, respectively, at the box office.

Okada has compiled more than 30 feature credits, including "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard" starring Jeremy Piven, produced by Will Ferrel, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy and Kevin Messick, “Stick It,” “Sex and Death 101,” “Dr. Doolittle 2,” “Anna Karenina,” “Captain Ron,” “My Father the Hero,” “Halloween: H20,” “Lake Placid,” “Cradle 2 the Grave,” “Joe Somebody” and “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken,” as well as the series pilot for “Dawson’s Creek.” 

A Los Angeles native, Okada is self-taught in the art of cinematography, beginning in his teens as a black-and-white still photographer and Super 8 film hobbyist as well as an avid movie fan.  Upon graduating high school at 16, he became a projectionist at East Los Angeles City College, screening classic films from around the world and donating his time on short and student films.  During the mid-1980s he was photographing and directing commercials when his career was put on hold for several years after he was injured in a helicopter crash while shooting aerial footage.

Upon his return to cinematography, Okada photographed several independent films in the late 1980s and earned an American Society of Cinematographers Award nomination for his work on the 1991 Emmy-nominated CBS telefilm “In a Child’s Name.” 

He has been president of the American Society of Cinematographers for three consecutive terms and is a member of the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 

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David Danesi (2013) — Founder, Digital District
DAVID DANESI, founder of DIGITAL DISTRICT is both a talented artist and an astute businessman who has integrated these twin aspects into his company. Paris native Danesi began his career as an editor and became fascinated with Visual Effects, studying the Flame when it arrived in Paris in the early... » more

DAVID DANESI, founder of DIGITAL DISTRICT is both a talented artist and an astute businessman who has integrated these twin aspects into his company.

Paris native Danesi began his career as an editor and became fascinated with Visual Effects, studying the Flame when it arrived in Paris in the early 90’s.

As a Flame Artist and Visual Effects Supervisor working in commercials, his strong artistic eye and common language with directors brought him so much success that he decided to build his own company.

In 2001 he founded Def2Shoot, starting with 2 partners, a Flame machine and an assistant. Within 2 years he had over 70 employees and was working in commercials, features and  children’s animation for television for the French market.

In 2008 he created Digital District with new partners and his creative team followed him, giving the company a core group who have been together for 13 years, with work expanding beyond France to all corners of the world.

David’s desire to provide a nimble and reactive culture for his clients has resulted in offices in Paris, Brussels, Montreal and Shanghai.  Recent awards include the Gold Clio for Best Visual Effects, The Cannes Lion, and The New York Advertising Award amongst many others.
 

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David Morin (2010,2012) — Consultant, Autodesk / Chair, Joint Technology Committee on Virtual Production
Chair, Joint Technology Subcommittee on Virtual Production Chair, Autodesk Film CTO Advisory Council David participated in the early development of motion capture and 3D software at Softimage, as Director of Special Projects when Softimage was part of Microsoft, and Vice-President of Special... » more

Chair, Joint Technology Subcommittee on Virtual Production
Chair, Autodesk Film CTO Advisory Council

David participated in the early development of motion capture and 3D software at Softimage, as Director of Special Projects when Softimage was part of Microsoft, and Vice-President of Special Projects and Content Group when Softimage became part of Avid Technology. David later joined Manex Entertainment as President of the MVFX division, a visual effects house. Today David assists the Media & Entertainment division of Autodesk from his base in Los Angeles. For Autodesk he currently chairs the Autodesk Film CTO Advisory Council, a product focus group of large studio facilities. He is also chairman of the Virtual Production Committee, a subcommittee of six Hollywood-based organizations: the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), the Art Director's Guild (ADG), the Visual Effects Society (VES), the Previsualization Society, the Producers Guild of America (PGA), and the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG).  

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David Nicksay (2011) — Producer
David Nicksay most recently was Executive Producer of GLEE! THE 3D CONCERT MOVIE, released in August by 20th Century Fox. This film immediately followed JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER, the 3D concert film/documentary from Paramount Pictures, which David executive produced. Prior to that, he... » more

David Nicksay most recently was Executive Producer of GLEE! THE 3D CONCERT MOVIE, released in August by 20th Century Fox. This film immediately followed JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER, the 3D concert film/documentary from Paramount Pictures, which David executive produced. Prior to that, he executive produced STEP UP 3D for Touchstone/Summit.

David’s previous Executive Producer credits include Surrogates, Step Up 2 The Streets, and Married Life.  Nicksay was Producer of Be Cool, Legally Blonde 2: Red White and Blonde; Agent Cody Banks, Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, A Guy Thing and Antitrust. He was Co-Producer of Legally Blonde.

Prior to that, Nicksay served as Executive Producer on What’s the Worst That Could Happen? The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, The Negotiator, and Flubber.  He was Producer of Up Close & Personal; before that he executive produced Addams Family Values.

As a studio executive, Nicksay was President and Head of Production at Morgan Creek Productions, also serving as Executive Producer on 6 of the company’s pictures, including Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Pacific Heights, and Young Guns II. This position followed his term as Senior Vice President of Production at Paramount Pictures, where he was creative executive on Ghost, Coming to America, The Untouchables, Scrooged, Star Trek V, The Two Jakes and others. 

He produced the features Lucas and Mrs. Soffel, and other projects.

He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, of the Directors Guild of America, and serves on the American Film Institute Education and Training Advisory Board. He also is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Media at Otis College of Art and Design. 

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David S. Cohen (2009,2010,2011) — Reporter / Features Editor, Variety
David S. Cohen is a reporter and features editor for Variety, where he has covered visual effects and post-production since 1993. He spearheaded Variety's expanded technology coverage, which includes his bi-weekly Techbytes column. He also worked in showbiz for more than twenty years, on everything... » more

David S. Cohen is a reporter and features editor for Variety, where he has covered visual effects and post-production since 1993. He spearheaded Variety's expanded technology coverage, which includes his bi-weekly Techbytes column. He also worked in showbiz for more than twenty years, on everything from Broadway casting to writing for “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.” His book “Screen Plays: How 25 Scripts Made It To a Theater Near You -- For Better or Worse,” based on his popular “From Script to Screen” articles in Script magazine, is available from HarperCollins. He is currently working on a book on the art, science and business of 3D. 

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David Stump, ASC (2012) — Cinematographer
David Stump ASC has worked on numerous motion pictures and television productions as Director of Photography, as Visual Effects Director of Photography, as Visual Effects Supervisor, and as Stereographer,  (including both live action work and 2D to 3D conversion work), earning an Emmy and an... » more

David Stump ASC has worked on numerous motion pictures and television productions as Director of Photography, as Visual Effects Director of Photography, as Visual Effects Supervisor, and as Stereographer,  (including both live action work and 2D to 3D conversion work), earning an Emmy and an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement.  His credits include such high profile projects as The Last Stand, Immortals, Quantum of Solace, The Resident, Flight Plan, Fantastic Four, X-Men 1 & 2, Into the Blue, Red Riding Hood, Garfield, Batman Forever, Hollow Man, Men of Honor, Deep Blue Sea, Stuart Little, The Sphere, Contact, Batman & Robin, Mars Attacks, Executive Decision, Stargate, Free Willy, and What Love Is, among many others.

David is a member of the AMPAS, ATAS, ASC, PGA, IATSE, SOC, SMPTE and numerous other industry associations.  He is currently engaged in volunteer work for the SMPTE as co chair of a study group on the subject of High Frame Rate for digital cinema.  He is also participating in the AMPAS Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) file format project where he has contributed significantly in the area of metadata.

In 2001 David was accepted for full membership into the American Society of Cinematographers, where he is currently chairman of the Camera Subcommittee of the ASC Technical Committee.  Under his guidance, the combined efforts of the Producer’s Guild of America and the American Society of Cinematographers recently completed production of both the ASC / PGA Camera Assessment Series, and the ASC / PGA Image Control Assessment Series,  side by side comparisons of virtually all of the high end digital cinema cameras against film, run through industry standard 10 bit log and ACES workflows, and taken all the way out to film print and Digital Cinema Package.

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Deborah Giarrantana (2011) — Producer
Deborah is currently producing, along with Robbie Brenner, THE MACHINE GUN PREACHER, starring Gerard Butler, with Marc Forster directing. It will have it’s world premiere at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival. She sold the life rights to the Rev. Sam Childers story and oversaw the publishing of his... » more

Deborah is currently producing, along with Robbie Brenner, THE MACHINE GUN PREACHER, starring Gerard Butler, with Marc Forster directing. It will have it’s world premiere at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival. She sold the life rights to the Rev. Sam Childers story and oversaw the publishing of his book, ANOTHER MAN'S WAR, about Sam’s life and present work in Sudan. Sam is a former biker gang member, courageously rescuing orphaned children, some of them child soldiers, from the war-torn rebel territory of Sudan. Relativity Media is distributing the film for a September 23, 2011 release date. 

 

She is currently in active development with Virgin Produced on THE READING PROMISE, NY Times bestselling book about the true story of the heartfelt journey of Alice Ozma and her Dad’s to reach to each other for over 3000 days-8 yrs- and ended when Alice started College. Deborah also is producing SOPHIE TUCKER with Sony Pictures Animation about the true story of an australian shepherd dog who went overboard off coast of Australia and rescued 5 months later after being found on a deserted island. She is also developing 90 CHURCH, with Lorenzo DiBonaventura Pictures based on the true story of a rookie agent who was part of an enigmatic special ops agency formed to stop the war on drugs “at any cost” in the early years of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics before the DEA was formed. And she’s in active development on THE TIGER RISING, based on award-winning author, Kate DiCamillo (BECAUSE OR WINN DIXIE, TALE OF DESPERAUX). 

 

Over the last 22 years Deborah has been in the entertainment business at the forefront of the emerging high-end visual effects and animation industry. She began building film business for Pacific Data Images which went on to become Dreamworks Animation. She then went to work with James Cameron’s company, Digital Domain and billed millions of dollars in revenue up through the release of TITANIC. 

 

Deborah is now going on her 10th year managing film business for Sony Pictures Imageworks one of the leading visual effects and animation companies in the world. She’s been involved with, among others, such major motion pictures as the SPIDERMAN franchise, I AM LEGEND, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, GREEN LANTERN, and the upcoming OZ. 

 

Deborah also founded LA LOVES which is a non-profit that aids and supports artists in channelling their talents toward humanitarian efforts in and around the world..

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Dennis Hoffman (2009) — Senior Vice President and General Manager - CIS Vancouver
Dennis Hoffman was named Senior Vice President and General Manager of CIS Vancouver in May, 2008.  Having originally joined Rainmaker Visual Effects in 2007 as Head of Production, Hoffman was there when the company was sold and transitioned to the Deluxe Entertainment Services Group in early 2008... » more

Dennis Hoffman was named Senior Vice President and General Manager of CIS Vancouver in May, 2008.  Having originally joined Rainmaker Visual Effects in 2007 as Head of Production, Hoffman was there when the company was sold and transitioned to the Deluxe Entertainment Services Group in early 2008.  Hoffman has overseen the company’s work on Vantage Point, Blades of Glory, Tropic Thunder, Twilight, Changeling, Space Buddies, Angels & Demons, as well as G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Aliens in the Attic, Tooth Fairy, Nutcracker: The Untold Story, Invictus and Salt.

Prior to CIS Vancouver, Hoffman, a 20-year production veteran, served as Vice President/Head of Production at Digital Domain where he was responsible for the management of the visual effects feature division including oversight of all visual effects projects.  During his tenure there, Digital Domain’s credits included Flags of Our Fathers (winner of the 2006 VES Award for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture), Letters from Iwo Jima and My Super Ex-Girl Friend, as well as the strategic planning, budgeting, client relations and management of all feature film related departments.

Hoffman began his career in 1988 in the commercial world at Image G, where as Executive Producer he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the full service commercial company.

In 1990, Hoffman joined Dream Quest Images as a Visual Effects Producer and over a tenure of nine years moved up the ranks to become Vice President/Executive Producer overseeing such films as visual effects Oscar® nominees Mighty Joe Young and Armageddon.  Other feature film projects included The Rock, Honey We Shrunk Ourselves, Crimson Tide, Kundun, Hero and Final Analysis. Television projects included Earth 2 which won the Emmy for Best Visual Effects, and theme park based projects included Space Shuttle America for Six Flags, StarQuest for Landmark Entertainment/Taejon Expo, Korea and Asteroid Adventure for IMAX/Phantasialand, Bruhl, Germany.

From 1998-2002, Hoffman served as Vice President/Head of Production at Cinesite, a Kodak company, where he was responsible for the management of the visual effects division including oversight of all visual effects projects and strategic planning.  Hoffman was responsible for the management and oversight of the art department, pre-visualization, 3-D, character animation, paint, digital compositing, rotoscope, 3-D and 2-D tracking and data management departments.  Projects included Clockstoppers, Ali, U571, Red Planet, 13 Days, Mothman, Rush Hour 2 and Road to Perdition.

Subsequent to that, Hoffman was General Manager/Producer at BWFX where projects included Bulletproof Monk, Out of Time, Legally Blonde 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean.  Hoffman was then recruited by Electronic Arts to join their Vancouver facility as Senior Development Director, where he was responsible for the centralized artist groups and production of the visual content for 16 of the 25 game titles of EA Canada. 

In 2008, Hoffman received a VES Award for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture for Changeling. He is a current VES Board Member.

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Dion Bebee, ASC (2009) — Cinematographer
Dion Beebe, ASC, ACS was born in Brisbane, Australia, but relocated with his family to Cape Town, South Africa, at the age of five. He first studied film at Pretoria Technikon and later at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. Beebe holds both Australian and South African citizenship.... » more

Dion Beebe, ASC, ACS was born in Brisbane, Australia, but relocated with his family to Cape Town, South Africa, at the age of five. He first studied film at Pretoria Technikon and later at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. Beebe holds both Australian and South African citizenship. His work has twice been recognized by the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS), which presented him the Award of Distinction for the feature film Praise, and the Golden Tripod for the short film Down Rusty Down. In 1995, he won the Australian Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography for What I Have Written, and has twice been nominated by the Australian Film Institute for his cinematography (Praise, What I Have Written). Beebe took home the Oscar for his work on Memoirs of a Geisha in 2006, and was nominated for Chicago 2003. His credits include Holy Smoke, In The Cut, Collateral, Miami Vice, Rendition, Land of the Lost and the upcoming Nine and The Green Lantern.

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Don Parker (2010) — CEO / Co-Founder, Shotgun Software
Don Parker is the CEO and Co-Founder of Shotgun Software, where he leads the team designing and building a production tracking system called Shotgun that addresses the industry need to effectively manage complex projects across multiple locations.  Shotgun launched out of private beta in July, 2010... » more

Don Parker is the CEO and Co-Founder of Shotgun Software, where he leads the team designing and building a production tracking system called Shotgun that addresses the industry need to effectively manage complex projects across multiple locations.  Shotgun launched out of private beta in July, 2010 and has already been adopted by hundreds of studios around the world who rely on it each day in production.

Prior to founding Shotgun, Don was the Pipeline Producer on the Disney animated film THE WILD, where he designed and produced the first generation of production tools Shotgun now provides. 

Don has since worked with hundreds of studios and pipelines and has recently led the launch of an open source project that facilitates studio collaboration and the rapid evolution of production-critical tools.

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Dr. Eric Haseltine (2009) — President and Managing Partner, Haseltine Partners LLC
Throughout his career, Eric C. Haseltine has helped organizations harvest the future by developing far-sighted technological solutions that deliver near-term value. He is an expert on managing innovation processes, with especially deep experience the defense and entertainment industries—for Hughes... » more

Throughout his career, Eric C. Haseltine has helped organizations harvest the future by developing far-sighted technological solutions that deliver near-term value.

He is an expert on managing innovation processes, with especially deep experience the defense and entertainment industries—for Hughes Aircraft, designing virtual reality technology for flight simulation; then for Disney Imagineering as head of R&D; and ultimately, as ‘CTO’ for the U. S. intelligence community.

 

Eric applies neuroscience to new technologies, using how the human brain naturally wants to interact with technology to improve performance.IP. Eric is also a leading authority on managing digital rights and protecting intellectual property. 

 

Eric Haseltine is President and ManagingPartner, Haseltine Partners LLC. He was Director of Research at the National Security Agency and then ‘CTO’ for the entire U.S. intelligence community under the Director of National Intelligence.

 

Before entering government service in 2001, Eric was Executive Vice President of Walt Disney Imagineering, in charge of all R&D for Walt Disney Company, and director of engineering for Hughes Aircraft.
Eric has 15 patents in optics, special effects and electronic media, and more than 100 publications in science and technical journals, the web, and Discover magazine

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Dr. Rich Terrile (2010) — NASA/JPL Astronomer and Evolutionary Computation Designer
Dr. Rich Terrile is an astronomer and the director of the Center for Evolutionary Computation and Automated Design at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  He uses techniques based on biological evolution and development to advance the fields of robotics and computer intelligence.  He has a Ph.D. in... » more

Dr. Rich Terrile is an astronomer and the director of the Center for Evolutionary Computation and Automated Design at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  He uses techniques based on biological evolution and development to advance the fields of robotics and computer intelligence.  He has a Ph.D. in Planetary Science from the California Institute of Technology and has developed missions to Mars and to the outer solar system.  Dr. Terrile is the discoverer of four moons around Saturn, Uranus and Neptune and took the first pictures of another solar system around the nearby star Beta Pictoris.  His other interests include planetary rings, planetary geology, evolutionary computation and the development of medical instrumentation for tissue identification during neurosurgery.

Dr. Terrile is a private pilot, a SCUBA and ski instructor, a rock climber and caver, and was an astronaut candidate.  He has interests in fiction writing, photography, cinematography and movies, and works as a technical advisor on several major motion pictures, including work with Academy Award winning directors James Cameron and Steven Soderbergh.  Dr. Terrile was featured in several science shows and has been a regular performer at the Ice House and the Comedy Store in the "Improv Inferno" improvisation group.

Terrile Science and Technical Consulting (www.terrile.com; rich@terrile.com):  Dr. Rich Terrile offers science and technical consulting services for motion picture, movies, television, corporate and financial customers.  A summary of his consulting work and customers is listed below:

Terrile Science and Technical Consulting Customers:

Motion Pictures:

Technical Advisor  2010:  The Year We Made Contact
    Peter Hymas – Director
    MGM
Status – Released 1984

Technical Advisor, Actor Solar Crisis
    Richard Sarafian – Director
    Japan America Picture Company
    Status – Released 1990

Technical Advisor  Terminator 3:  Rise of the Machines
    David Mostaw – Director
    C-2 Pictures
    Status – Released 2003

Technical Advisor  Solaris
    Stephen Soderberg – Director
    Twentieth Centrury Fox/Lightstorm Entertainment
    Status – Released 2002

Technical Advisor  The Core
John Amiel – Director
Paramount Pictures
Status – Released 2003

Technical Advisor  When Worlds Collide
    Stephen Sommers – Director
    Stephen Spielberg – Producer
    Dreamworks SKG/Paramount Pictures
    Status – Preproduction

Technical Advisor  Bright Angel Falling
    James Cameron – Writer, Producer
    Lightstorm Entertainment
    Status – Preproduction

Technical Advisor  Journey to the Center of the Earth
    Kathleen Kennedy – Producer
    Disney
    Status – Preproduction

Script Advisor   Sinbad
    John Singelton – Director
    Tedi Sarafian - Writer
    Columbia Pictures
    Status - Development

Script Advisor   Creature From the Black Lagoon
    Gary Ross– Director
    Tedi Sarafian - Writer
    Universal Pictures
    Status - Development

Technical Advisor  Rendezvous with Rama
    Lori McCready - Producer
    Revelations Entertainment
    Status - Preproduction

Television:

Science Advisor  Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman
    Discovery Science Channel
    Revelations Entertainment
    Morgan Freeman, Lori McCready – Producers
    Status – Released 2010

Appearance   Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman
    “Is There A Creator?”
    Discovery Science Channel
    Revelations Entertainment
    Morgan Freeman, Lori McCready – Producers
    Status – Released 2010

Writer    Though Spots
ClickStar Entertainment
    Morgan Freeman, Lori McCready - Producers
    Status – Released 2006

Appearance   Destination Mars
    Michael Lennick – Director, Producer
    Foolish Earthling Productions
    Status - Released 2007

Appearance   Universe 2001 - Beyond the Millennium:  Planets
    Pioneer Productions
    Discovery Network
    Status – Released 1999

Appearance   The Astronomers – Prospecting for Planets
    PBS – KCET Los Angeles
    Status – Released 1991

Host    Neptune All Night
    PBS – KCET Los Angeles
    Status - Released 1989

Technical Advisor  Pioneer
    Jon and Josh Pate – Writers
    Imagine Entertainment
    Status – Development

Numerous Appearances 49 Worlds and Counting
    Newton’s Apple - Voyager
    Kid’s View – Science Show
Discovery Channel
    PBS - WGBS Nova
    BBC Television
    NHK Television
    KABC-TV Los Angeles
    Status – Released 1990 - 2007

Corporate:

Technical Consultant  Activision
    Development of intellectual property

Technical Consultant  Fortune 500 Corporations (subject to non-disclosure)
Discretionary work using stochastic optimization techniques to improve corporate operations.

Financial:

Intellectual Property   Uhlmann Financial Group
Consultant   Mathematical and technical consulting for the
development of new mortgage instruments.
 

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Ed Jones (2010) — Chief Executive Officer, Reel FX Creative Studios
Ed Jones is an award-winning industry leader, visual effects and animation expert, and pioneer in digital media whose illustrious career spans three decades and more than 200 projects. Jones joined Reel FX Creative Studios as Chief Executive Officer in January 2009 from Rainmaker Entertainment. He... » more

Ed Jones is an award-winning industry leader, visual effects and animation expert, and pioneer in digital media whose illustrious career spans three decades and more than 200 projects. Jones joined Reel FX Creative Studios as Chief Executive Officer in January 2009 from Rainmaker Entertainment. He brings not only creative vision to Reel FX, but also the tactical skills necessary to translate that vision into best-in class entertainment and commercial projects.

 

Ed has received the industry’s highest accolades including an Academy Award® as Executive Producer on Happy Feet (2006), an Academy Award® and BAFTA award for Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988), a BAFTA award for The Witches of Eastwick (1987), and an Annie Technical Achievement award for Space Jam (1996). Additionally, the Cineon compositing software he codeveloped at Cinesite was awarded a Scientific Achievement Academy Award®. He is also a notable speaker and has spoken about the creative process, content and technology in many countries around the world.

 

Jones began his career with Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) when there were only 40 employees. He spent almost 13 years there in creative and management roles, breaking ground with accomplishments such as the 2 1/2D look for Who Framed Roger Rabbit where he was responsible for all the optical photography, and for which he won an Academy Award®. ILM also relied on Jones to lead the charge on the digital technology front and lay the foundation for the company's expansion into the digital era. At ILM, Jones contributed to over 90 films including blockbusters Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, ET: The Extra Terrestrial, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Ghostbusters I &II, Ghost, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and the Indiana Jones trilogy.

 

From ILM, Jones was brought on as CEO/President and Senior Visual Effects Supervisor at Cinesite in 1992, which he founded for the Eastman Kodak Company. He was also responsible for launching Cinesite’s facilities in Hollywood and London. It was there that he co-developed the Cineon compositing software that went on to receive a Scientific Achievement Academy Award.
Jones led Cinesite for four years until 1996, leaving to continue his career as a sought-after VFX
Supervisor.

 

Over the next few years, Ed worked in lead VFX roles with studio giants DreamWorks Animation, Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers on multiple films including Hard Rain, Soldier, Almost Famous, and Cats and Dogs.

 

In 2001, Warner Brothers chose Jones to build and run ESC Entertainment, an AOL/Time Warner subsidiary which was the primary studio responsible for Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions, Catwoman, and Constantine. As CEO of ESC he built and led a team that developed a creative pipeline culminating in six patent applications being filed by AOL/Time Warner. Warner Bros. then asked Jones to join its Australia-based team in 2005 as Executive Producer on the CG feature, Happy Feet. The film went on to receive an Oscar for Best Animated Feature and a Golden Globe among many other honors.

 

When Happy Feet concluded in 2006, Jones left Australia for Canada, where he was tapped by Rainmaker Entertainment in Vancouver to produce The Weinstein Company’s Escape from Planet Earth. In January 2009, he joined Reel FX Creative Studios as CEO, overseeing all aspects of the studio’s operations and creative work.

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Ed Ulbrich (2012,2013) — CEO, Digital Domain and Mothership
Ed Ulbrich is a film producer, executive producer, senior executive, visual effects expert, consultant, public speaker, and board member. Ed is currently a producer on the upcoming tent-pole feature Ender’s Game which being released by Lionsgate/Summit on November 1, 2013 and is planning several... » more

Ed Ulbrich is a film producer, executive producer, senior executive, visual effects expert, consultant, public speaker, and board member. Ed is currently a producer on the upcoming tent-pole feature Ender’s Game which being released by Lionsgate/Summit on November 1, 2013 and is planning several other projects.  Ed is also a highly respected and former long-time senior executive of Digital Domain starting at its inception in 1993.  He helped start, plan, build, and manage one of the most acclaimed, multi-Academy Award©-winning, digital production studios in the world that creates visual effects and animation in movies, advertising, and videogames. Ed has served as its President and Executive Producer of Commercials, EVP of Production, Chief Creative Officer, and ultimately CEO, and was the chief architect of its highly successful advertising production businesses. Under Ed’s leadership, the company has been at the forefront of innovation for nearly two decades and expanded its role into the co-production of feature films, digital marketing and the creation of digital humans for a broad spectrum of applications.

While at Digital Domain, Ed executive produced the Academy Award-winning visual effects for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Titanic, and What Dreams May Come, as well as Tron Legacy, Fight Club, and Zodiac among others; music videos for Lady Gaga, Rolling Stones, and Michael Jackson, and more; 500+ commercials and the computer-generated "hologram" of the late rap star Tupac Shakur for the Coachella Valley Music Festival. He was also named one of the 100 most creative people in business by "Fast Company” magazine and has spoken about creativity and innovation at top worldwide conferences including TED, Sundance, SXSW, Google Creative Sandbox, PICNIC, NASA and others. Prior to Digital Domain, Ed was a producer at the Leo Burnett Company.  Ed holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois.
 

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Eric Barba (2009) — Visual Effects Supervisor, Digital Domain
Eric Barba is the Academy Award®‐winning Visual Effects Supervisor of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. He has been at Digital Domain for thirteen years, and like many of the top directors he collaborates with, Eric is equally comfortable working in film or advertising. Eric started at Digital... » more

Eric Barba is the Academy Award®‐winning Visual Effects Supervisor of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. He has been at Digital Domain for thirteen years, and like many of the top directors he collaborates with, Eric is equally comfortable working in film or advertising. Eric started at Digital Domain as a digital artist on The Fifth Element and CG Supervisor on Supernova before rising to Visual Effects Supervisor for David Fincher’s Zodiac. He has also supervised visual effects for dozens of award‐winning commercials, as well as directing commercials himself. Prior to joining Digital Domain Eric contributed his visual effects talents to a number of prime‐time television shows. He is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design. Eric is currently the Visual Effects Supervisor on Disney’s Tron: Legacy from Director Joseph Kosinski.

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Eric Brevig (2010) — Director
Academy Award winner Eric Brevig made his directorial debut on the 2008 boxoffice hit Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D (the first live-action feature to shoot in digital 3-D), which became the world’s highest grossing fully 3D, live-action motion picture. He is currently directing the Warner... » more

Academy Award winner Eric Brevig made his directorial debut on the 2008 boxoffice hit Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D (the first live-action feature to shoot in digital 3-D), which became the world’s highest grossing fully 3D, live-action motion picture. He is currently directing the Warner Bros live-action Christmas 2010 tentpole release Yogi Bear 3D, starring Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake and Anna Faris.

Prior to helming Journey, Brevig served as second unit director and visual effects supervisor on over 25 films, including Men in Black, Pearl Harbor and The Island.

An expert in 3D filmmaking, he has overseen the photography and visual effects for Magic Journeys, Captain Eo and Honey I Shrunk the Audience- all created for continuing exhibition at Disney theme parks around the world.

Brevig was awarded a Special Achievement in Visual Effects Academy Award for his ground-breaking work on Total Recall and has

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Erika W. Burton (2012) — Co- President, Film Division- Rhythm & Hues Studios
A veteran of the visual effects and animation arena, with a career spanning more than twenty years, Erika Burton has held leadership positions in the top tier of entertainment companies, including Disney, Industrial Light + Magic and Rhythm & Hues Studios. As co-president of Rhythm & Hues’... » more

A veteran of the visual effects and animation arena, with a career spanning more than twenty years, Erika Burton has held leadership positions in the top tier of entertainment companies, including Disney, Industrial Light + Magic and Rhythm & Hues Studios.

As co-president of Rhythm & Hues’ Film division, Erika shares leadership duties with Lee Berger, the division’s president. Together, they are responsible for the extensive client relations and production management associated with the studio’s core animation and vfx production service work, in tandem with the division’s senior management team. In addition, Erika utilizes her vast experience and network of relationships within the entertainment industry to facilitate the studio’s emphasis on the development of new original content.

Prior to her current position, Erika served as vice president of production for Disney Animation. She was the executive producer for R&H Films from 2006 to early 2011, overseeing teams whose work included the Academy Award-winning “The Golden Compass,” (for Achievement in Visual Effects, 2008), and the highly successful “Alvin & Chipmunks” and “Night at the Museum” franchises. Erika was the vfx producer for R&H on the Oscar-nominated “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and vfx produced “Evan Almighty” and “Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Cat in the Hat’ for the studio.

Before joining R&H in 2002, Erika produced effects at The Secret Lab/Dream Quest Images on such films as “Reign of Fire,” “The Kid,” “Bicentennial Man,” “Instinct” and “Deep Rising.” At Industrial Light + Magic she moved up through the ranks working on “Mission: Impossible,” “Men in Black” and other projects. Erika’s early career featured stints at Jim Henson Productions, Showtime Networks and Triad Artists.

Erika is a graduate of UCLA, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in History

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Fred Chandler (2009) — Executive VP Post Production, 20th Century Fox
1995- present Executive Vice President of Post Production, Twentieth Century Fox. At Twentieth Century Fox in the mid 90s initiated film preservation with the films Diary Of Anne Frank and The Power and The Glory. The Power and The Glory was Preston Sturges debut as a screenplay writer. Twentieth... » more

1995- present Executive Vice President of Post Production, Twentieth Century Fox.

At Twentieth Century Fox in the mid 90s initiated film preservation with the films Diary Of Anne Frank and The Power and The Glory. The Power and The Glory was Preston Sturges debut as a screenplay writer. Twentieth Century Fox has since established a film preservation program and department.

1993  Saved the lost Orson Welles movie, It’s All True.  Produced a short of It’s 
All True revealing the truth behind the myth and legend of Welles’ Hollywood downfall.  The short was accepted at all major film festivals and premiered at the Venice International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival.

1987-1995 Vice President of Theatrical Post Production, Paramount Pictures Corp.

At Paramount Pictures initiated film preservation.  Also, initiated a new printing technique to convert Vista Vision negatives to standard negatives for Home Video release. Restored to its original length, the 1927 silent movie, Wings.  Restored Sergio Leone’s 1968 movie, Once Upon A Time In The West, to its original director’s version.  Under tenure at Paramount more than 300 vista vision and standard shot movies were preserved including Shane, Sunset Boulevard, Stalag 17 and White Christmas.

1980-1985 Worked with Orson Welles on the films, The Dreamers, The Other Side of the Wind, and The Trial. These are all films directed by Orson Welles and are considered unseen cinema. Worked in the preservation of his films in his post archives.

Awards In 1967 was among the first seven fellowship members of the American Film Institute.

Produced and directed "The Lottery" which won the 1970 New York Film Festival for Best Short.                               

In 1972, Produced and directed a theatrical short, "Black Mass", which won first prize at the Washington, D.C. National Education Association Film Festival.

In 1973, wrote, directed and produced a short on Robert Louis Stevenson for NAT (National Public Broadcasting) called “Seas of Cheerful Courage”.

Was awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities grant for feature screenplay writing of "The Newburgh Conspiracy" in 1974.

Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Writers Guild of America

He is an accomplished poet and has been published 15 times since 2007
 

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Gaston Bitar (2012) — Senior Vice President, People & Organization, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Gaston Bitar is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE).  He has primary responsibility for advancing SPE’s global employee engagement in support of SPE’s business objectives, by taking a deep look at the different factors that most influence employee drive... » more

Gaston Bitar is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE).  He has primary responsibility for advancing SPE’s global employee engagement in support of SPE’s business objectives, by taking a deep look at the different factors that most influence employee drive, discretionary effort, and commitment at SPE.  With his knowledge of SPE’s business and his extensive analysis of its worldwide population, he has helped introduce and develop transformative and impactful HR strategies, programs, and services at SPE since 2004.

Mr. Bitar has been an HR professional and thought leader in the entertainment industry for over 20 years, with experience at studios including MGM, the Samuel Goldwyn Co., Warner Bros., as well as the Eastman Kodak Co.  With responsibility for overseeing company-wide compensation and benefits, organization design, talent recruitment, employee relations, and management development for visual effects and production entities such as Warner Digital, Cinesite, Imageworks, Sony Pictures Animation, Colorworks and the various Sony Pictures production and marketing entities, his specialty lies within the field of managing and motivating highly creative and technical talent.

Mr. Bitar is a native of California, born and raised in Hollywood, and holds a degree in economics and international areas studies from the University of California at Los Angeles.  He currently resides in Calabasas, CA with his wife and two young children.

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George Whitesides (2012) — CEO, Virgin Galactic
George Whitesides is the CEO and President of Virgin Galactic, the spaceflight company founded by Sir Richard Branson. With Scaled Composites, the company has developed the WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo vehicles, based on the X Prize-winning SpaceShipOne. In his role, Whitesides is responsible... » more

George Whitesides is the CEO and President of Virgin Galactic, the spaceflight company founded by Sir Richard Branson. With Scaled Composites, the company has developed the WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo vehicles, based on the X Prize-winning SpaceShipOne. In his role, Whitesides is responsible for guiding all aspects of the company to commercial operation at Spaceport America in New Mexico. This includes oversight of The Spaceship Company, a joint venture with Scaled to manufacture additional vehicle sets. The company currently has deposits from over 455 individuals for its spaceflight experience.
Prior to Virgin Galactic, Whitesides served as Chief of Staff for NASA, where he provided policy and staff support to the agency’s Administrator. Upon departure from the agency he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest award the agency confers.

Prior to his role at NASA, Whitesides served as Executive Director of the National Space Society (NSS). NSS is a space policy and advocacy group that was founded by Apollo program leader Wernher von Braun and the journalist Hugh Downs.

Whitesides currently serves on the board of Virgin Unite USA, the philanthropic organization of Virgin Group; the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Space Security; and the advisory board of the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Foundation. He is a fellow of the UK’s Royal Aeronautical Society.

He has previously served as Chairman of the Reusable Launch Vehicle Working Group for the FAA's Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee. He served for a limited period as a member of the National Research Council Space Studies Board's Committee on the Rationale and Goals of the US Civil Space Program. He served for four years on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University.

Whitesides began his career at Orbital Sciences Corporation as executive intern and subsequently special assistant to the president. He served as Vice President of Marketing for Zero Gravity Corporation, a private space-tourism company, during its launch period, and Director of Marketing for Blastoff Corporation, a space-experience company funded by film and technology leaders.

With his wife Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides, Whitesides co-founded Yuri's Night, an annual global celebration of space that has been celebrated in over 50 countries. Mr. Whitesides co-founded Permission to Dream, a global space education program that donated telescopes to underprivileged children.

Whitesides has testified on American space policy before the United States Senate and the President's Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy. Whitesides maintains an active speaking and media schedule. Whitesides was selected by Space News as one of twelve 'People to Watch.’

Mr. Whitesides received his undergraduate degree in public and international affairs with honors from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, a master’s degree in geographic information systems and remote sensing from the University of Cambridge in England, and was a Fulbright Scholar to Tunisia. Whitesides is a licensed private pilot and certified parabolic flight coach.

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Greg Chou (2013) — COO FilmEngine Entertainment
Gregory Chou is the COO of FilmEngine Entertainment, helping lead the creative, strategic, and business efforts of the Beverly Hills-based production company. FilmEngine has produced over fifteen films such as LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN, THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT, THE RUM DIARY, and KILLING SEASON. Prior to... » more

Gregory Chou is the COO of FilmEngine Entertainment, helping lead the creative, strategic, and business efforts of the Beverly Hills-based production company. FilmEngine has produced over fifteen films such as LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN, THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT, THE RUM DIARY, and KILLING SEASON. Prior to joining FilmEngine, Greg spent several years at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and Paradigm, focused on the packaging and financing of feature films, as well as the structuring of film production funds and film finance companies. Previously, he was a senior executive at Sony where he was involved in licensing, M&A, and corporate initiatives including the launch of VEVO.com, the #1 most visited music website in the U.S. Earlier, Greg was an investment professional at Norwest Venture Partners, a $4 billion dollar private equity firm, where he led investments in the technology and entertainment industries. Greg began his career in investment banking for Morgan Stanley. On the entrepreneurial front, he is the founder of Delofted.com, a popular website covering the latest equipment and apparel in golf. Greg is a dual-degree graduate of the Wharton School and the School of Engineering & Applied Science, both at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds an MBA from Northwestern University.

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Hawk Koch (2013) — Producer, President of the Producers Guild of America
Hawk Koch is a veteran movie producer who currently serves as the President of the Producers Guild of America with Mark Gordon. The PGA membership represents 5800 of the top Film, Television, and New Media Producers in the entertainment industry. Hawk recently termed out as President of the... » more

Hawk Koch is a veteran movie producer who currently serves as the President of the Producers Guild of America with Mark Gordon. The PGA membership represents 5800 of the top Film, Television, and New Media Producers in the entertainment industry. Hawk recently termed out as President of the Motion Picture Academy, the film industry's most prestigious body. In his capacity as president of the Academy, Koch led a large non-profit organization with 300 employees and 6,000 members drawn from the top ranks of the film community. The Academy's best known activity is the presentation of the annual Academy Awards. In addition to the Oscars, the Academy administers numerous educational and charitable initiatives and serves as a champion for movies and filmmaking worldwide.

"In the years that I've been associated with the Academy, no president has been as bold and foresighted as Hawk Koch. One after another, his achievements were incredible. In the shortest time possible, he made the biggest impact."
~Harvey Weinstein

Koch's tenure at the Academy was distinguished by a sharpened focus on both member engagement and the future of filmmaking. Koch committed the Academy to a process of enlightened change that ensured the institution would continue to lead the film industry from the front rather than respond belatedly to tectonic shifts in the entertainment business. At a time of very rapid technological, creative, and economic transition, the Academy continues to set artistic standards which reflect the current state-of-the-art. Director Michael Mann (The Insider, Heat, Miami Vice) who is a Governor of the Academy, said of Koch that he "has finally brought the Academy into the 21st Century."

The 85th Academy Awards, which took place on February 24th, 2013 and were overseen by Koch, showed significant increases in both total viewers and elusive younger and male viewers from previous years. Of the 85th Oscars, Academy Award winning director James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News, As Good As It Gets) said, "Thanks to Hawk, the Oscars are alive again."

As President of the Producers Guild with Mark Gordon, Koch and Gordon led the fight to preserve the producer's credit, which had been diluted, for real, working producers. With their leadership, Koch & Gordon have done the impossible. Recently, all six major studios have signed on to implement the Producers Mark certification, "p.g.a" which indicates who did the majority of the producing work on a film while also establishing an authentic seal of approval.

Koch also serves on the boards of the Motion Picture and Television Fund and the National Film Preservation Foundation.

Starting as a production assistant in 1965 and working his way all the way to the top, Hawk has been intimately involved with the making of over 60 major motion pictures,

 

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Hitesh Shah (2011) — Founder and CEO, BOT VFX
Hitesh is a serial entrepreneur whose passions lie at the intersection of creativity, technology, and business, where he has adeptly applied his entrepreneurial and business leadership skills for over 20 years. This unique mix of skills is reflected in the unusual blend of accomplishments, which... » more

Hitesh is a serial entrepreneur whose passions lie at the intersection of creativity, technology, and business, where he has adeptly applied his entrepreneurial and business leadership skills for over 20 years. This unique mix of skills is reflected in the unusual blend of accomplishments, which include founder of numerous companies, VFX producer credits on numerous films including Spider-man 3, management consult to Fortune 500 clients in technology and telecom, and co-author of a patent on speech recognition applications.

In late 2003 Hitesh founded and ran FrameFlow – one of the pioneer outsourcing companies in visual effects services – which was later sold to Sony Pictures Entertainment to become Imageworks’ India arm. Within several years of launching FrameFlow, the company had several major clients including Imageworks and ILM, and worked on feature films such as Click, Spider-man 3, Ghost Rider, Nightmare Before Christmas, The Last Mimsy, I am Legend, and Hancock. After selling the company to Sony in early 2007, Hitesh continued to run the company as a co-Managing Director and oversaw its transition and integration into Sony Pictures until mid-2008. Hitesh also founded BOT VFX, a specialized post-production outsourcing services company serving the film, TV and advertising industry clients in US, Canada, UK, Germany, and Australia. Most recently, he founded The Z Effect, a company focused on supporting 2D to 3D conversion of filmed content. Through the companies he has founded, Hitesh has worked for over 100 post production and VFX facilities on dozens of film projects and hundreds of ad projects. Recent projects his companies have worked on include Invictus, Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part II, Priest, Conan the Barbarian, Green Lantern, Water for Elephants and Horrible Bosses. Hitesh is a Visual Effects Society Member.

Prior to coming onto the VFX stage, Hitesh has also consulted to many Fortune 500 companies in North America, Europe and Asia while at Gemini Consulting, a management consultancy. He engaged on business issues ranging from growth strategies to IT strategy development. His experience in the telecom industry includes senior management roles at AT&T where he held various positions in strategy, marketing, and new business creation. Hitesh’s early career included research and engineering roles at Bellcore (sister company to Bell Labs), IBM, and Northern Telecom.

Hitesh is a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneur (TiE), a nonprofit organization with 50 international chapters created by successful entrepreneurs to foster and support entrepreneurship. He is a mentor to other aspiring entrepreneurs and occasional speaker at conferences and universities. Hitesh’s academic background reflects his passion for business and technology. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from NYU, a Master’s in Computer Engineering from USC, and an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Carnegie Mellon University. He currently resides in Atlanta with his wife of 22 years, and two daughters.
 

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Jacqui Barcos (2013) — Writer/Director
Jacqui Barcos is a DGA award-winning filmmaker whose credits span the film, television and animation industries.  As screenwriter and producer, Barcos recently launched a successful Kickstarter campaign and raised over 40K for the pilot of “Central Park Tale,” an animated feature that will be... » more

Jacqui Barcos is a DGA award-winning filmmaker whose credits span the film, television and animation industries.  As screenwriter and producer, Barcos recently launched a successful Kickstarter campaign and raised over 40K for the pilot of “Central Park Tale,” an animated feature that will be directed by Daniel Jeannette (“Happy Feet”) and produced in Paris at Mikros Image’s new animation studio. Later this year, Barcos will serve as a writer/director on “Subterranea,” a stylized action film executive produced by Doug Liman and produced by Brightlight/Lighthouse Pictures in Canada.  Recently, Barcos sold a TV pitch to GKTV, Graham King’s new television production company.  She is currently in development on two new TV dramas for the International market: “Amazons” and “The Activity.”  A USC film school graduate, Barcos is repped by Magnet Management and serves on the Board of the Alliance of Women Directors.

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James Chressantis, ASC (2010) — Cinematographer / Director
James Chressanthis, ASC, a member of the American Society of Cinematographers is a director and cinematographer who has earned a diverse range of nearly 40 credits since the early 1990s, including feature films, documentaries, television movies and episodic series. He shot the Emmy®-nominated Four... » more

James Chressanthis, ASC, a member of the American Society of Cinematographers is a director and cinematographer who has earned a diverse range of nearly 40 credits since the early 1990s, including feature films, documentaries, television movies and episodic series. He shot the Emmy®-nominated Four Minutes and Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows and additional photography on the Oscar®-winning Chicago. Chressanthis met Kovacs and Zsigmond during the dawn of his career as a student of Kovacs at the American Film Institute. He subsequently interned with Zsigmond during the production of The Witches of Eastwick in 1987. Chressanthis began producing the documentary in 2007, while a director and cinematographer of the popular CBS dramatic series Ghost Whisperer. The documentary coincided with the 50th anniversary of Kovacs and Zsigmond arriving in the United States as political refugees. NO SUBTITLES NECESSARY is the feature film-directing debut of James Chressanthis. This is his third Emmy® nomination. http://www.chressanthis.com/

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Jason Garber (2013) — Production / Effects Agent, Paradigm
Jason Garber started his entertainment career by interning for the feature casting team at 20th Century Fox. He transitioned to ICM Partners’ mail room and then to the production department, where he worked as an assistant. During his two years at ICM Partners, he became interested in the VFX... » more

Jason Garber started his entertainment career by interning for the feature casting team at 20th Century Fox. He transitioned to ICM Partners’ mail room and then to the production department, where he worked as an assistant. During his two years at ICM Partners, he became interested in the VFX industry. Jason constantly researched various facilities as well as Supervisors and Producers, trying to learn as much as possible. He then joined Paradigm Talent Agency’s production department, first as an assistant, then as a coordinator, and then he was promoted to agent. He has since started a visual effects department and represents clients across Visual Effects industry including Supervisors, Producers and Facilities. He also represents line producers, directors of photography, production designers, editors, assistant directors, makeup department heads and special effects makeup heads and companies as well costume designers working in both features and television. Jason is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Jeff Barnes (2009) — Co-Founder & Executive Producer, CafeFX
Jeff Barnes is co-founder and CEO of the ComputerCafe Group and has broad oversight of the operations of its feature effects division, CafeFX, and its Santa Monica-based commercial visual effects and design studio. Barnes also provides management support and development input for Sententia... » more

Jeff Barnes is co-founder and CEO of the ComputerCafe Group and has broad oversight of the operations of its feature effects division, CafeFX, and its Santa Monica-based commercial visual effects and design studio. Barnes also provides management support and development input for Sententia Entertainment, the company’s feature film production division.

Barnes is the driving force behind business development, sales and marketing for the Group, where his leadership and vision has facilitated the company’s meteoric growth into a sprawling visual effects facility in Santa Barbara County and a high end post production studio in the creative hub of Santa Monica.  Founded in 1993, CafeFX has become a world-class provider of stunning imagery with over 80 films to its credit, including the upcoming ALICE IN WONDERLAND and Martin Scorsese’s SHUTTER ISLAND.  Last year, CafeFX’s team of artists won an Emmy Award for their epic photo-real environment effects for HBO’s JOHN ADAMS.  Recent films include G.I. JOE: RISE OF COBRA, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2, WOLVERINE, SEVEN POUNDS, IRON MAN, THE KITE RUNNER, SPIDER-MAN™ 3, GHOST RIDER, SIN CITY, KING KONG, MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, MASTER & COMMANDER, THE AVIATOR and ARMAGEDDON. 

Barnes was instrumental in forming the creative and financial partnership with director Guillermo del Toro to associate produce the Academy Award®-winning PAN’S LABYRINTH through Sententia Entertainment, further evidence of his vision and leadership. Barnes is Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Visual Effects Society (VES) and is an invited guest at conferences and film festivals around the world.

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Jeff Miller (2010) — President, Worldwide Post Production and Operations, The Walt Disney Studios
Jeff Miller is President of Worldwide Post Production and Operations for The Walt Disney Studios. A 27 year Disney veteran, Jeff has held varied positions during his tenure including: Treasurer, Buena Vista Distribution; Vice President, Manufacturing, Walt Disney Pictures and Television; and Senior... » more

Jeff Miller is President of Worldwide Post Production and Operations for The Walt Disney Studios.

A 27 year Disney veteran, Jeff has held varied positions during his tenure including: Treasurer, Buena Vista Distribution; Vice President, Manufacturing, Walt Disney Pictures and Television; and Senior Vice President, Character Voices and International Dubbing Production. Today, Jeff oversees Post Production, Worldwide Technical Services, Disney Character Voices International, Buena Vista Post Production Services and Studio Operations Media Asset Management Services Administration.

Jeff’s most recent accomplishments are the design and implementation of The Walt Disney Studios’ Operations structure, from post production through worldwide release across all markets and territories. This includes the timely finishing and worldwide delivery of all live action and animated films and DVDs as well as key vendor strategies and negotiations across the Studio’s supply chain.

Jeff is also a key advisor guiding the Studio’s strategy for transitioning to a secure digital workflow for Post Production. Most recently, Jeff negotiated the industry precedent setting deal to launch the deployment of digital cinema in approximately 5000 screens. As a founder of Disney Character Voices International, Jeff pioneered Disney’s methodology enabling the day and date worldwide release of films and video product. Today, many of Disney’s tent pole titles such as Alice in Wonderland release day and date in over 40 countries using the process, organization and technology established by Jeff’s worldwide post team.

Jeff received his B.S. from Villanova University, and previously worked for Warner Bros., Inc. Jeff is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Providence Saint Joseph Foundation.

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Jeffrey A. Okun (2009, 2013) — Visual Effects Supervisor / Chair - VES
JEFFREY A. OKUN, Most recently Senior V.P., Visual Effects for Prana Studios, Los Angeles, recently completed work on 20th Century Fox’s Oscar nominated feature film, HITCHCOCK and THE WATCH as well as several other high profile projects. Okun, known for creating ‘organic’ and invisible effects, as... » more

JEFFREY A. OKUN, Most recently Senior V.P., Visual Effects for Prana Studios, Los Angeles, recently completed work on 20th Century Fox’s Oscar nominated feature film, HITCHCOCK and THE WATCH as well as several other high profile projects.

Okun, known for creating ‘organic’ and invisible effects, as well as spectacular ‘tent-pole’ visual effects that blend seamlessly into the storytelling aspect of the project, has won the VES AWARD for OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING VISUAL EFFECTS for his work on THE LAST SAMURAI.  He has been nominated for 2 other VES Awards as well as numerous other awards. “I feel that the job of visual effects is to serve the story above all else.  The art and technology of visual effects is only one color in the palette available.”

Jeff has also delivered wide-ranging effects in award winning films such as BLOOD DIAMOND, STARGATE, SPHERE, RED PLANET, DEEP BLUE SEA, LOLITA, and THE LAST STARFIGHTER. Additionally he oversaw the rush 3D conversion of CLASH OF THE TITIANs for Warner. (For a full list of credits please refer to his CV.)

Okun, Chair of the Visual Effects Society for his 6th year, has taken the organization global.  In addition to creating a global community he has focused attention on bringing creating business and creative education to artists, facilities and studios. Jeff was a driving force in the creation of the VES 2.0 initiative, which brought together studios, facilities and artists to explore new business models, pipelines and technologies. Under Okun’s leadership the VES was a key player in the creation of a worldwide software anti-pirating alliance with the US Government to insure that all facilities have a fair and level playing field from which to bid. The Visual Effects Society is the entertainment industry's only organization representing the full breadth of visual effects practitioners including artists, technologists, model makers, educators, studio leaders, supervisors, PR/marketing specialists and producers in all areas of entertainment from film, television and commercials to music videos and games.

Okun also created and co-edited the VES HANDBOOK OF VISUAL EFFECTS - A 980 page reference book covering all aspects of creating visual effects, techniques and practices.  The book won the PROSE award in 2011. 

Okun created the visual effects tracking and bidding software that is in wide use within the industry today, as well as the revolutionary visual effects techniques dubbed the "PeriWinkle Effect" (an underwater blue screen technique) and the "Pencil Effect” (accurately predicts the final visual effects count and budget). 

Jeff is a respected member of the Visual Effects Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (currently serving on the VFX steering committee), British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), the Academy of Television Arts and Science, and an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).

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Jenny Fulle (2010) — Founder and Visual Effects Producer, The Creative-Cartel
With over 30 years experience in the visual effects and animation industry, Jenny Fulle is a leader when it comes to producing and providing high quality visual effects and production management to filmmakers and studios. Her exceptional relationships with visual effects and animation companies... » more

With over 30 years experience in the visual effects and animation industry, Jenny Fulle is a leader when it comes to producing and providing high quality visual effects and production management to filmmakers and studios. Her exceptional relationships with visual effects and animation companies along with individual artists both domestic and International are unparalleled and enable her to build creative teams for any size production.

With this knowledge and experience, Fulle recently founded The Creative-Cartel, Inc., a Los Angeles based Production Company specializing in the assembly of teams tailored specifically for the visual effects and animation needs of individual productions. Under her guidance, the company is currently overseeing production of the visual effects and 3D conversion of Screen Gem’s film Priest. Produced by Michael DeLuca and Josh Donen, Priest is Screen Gems largest film to date and has over 750 visual effects shots. Fulle’s company is overseeing all 10 facilities working on this project.

Before forming The Creative-Cartel, Fulle worked as Executive Vice President of Production/Executive Producer for Sony Pictures Imageworks. Fulle spent 11 years overseeing and managing day to day production as well as strategic planning and Business Development for Imageworks, which during her tenure, went from a company of 300 to over 1200 employees. Additionally, Fulle oversaw the set up of a pipeline that would successfully manage both animated and live action visual effects films within one facility – a first in the industry. Under Fulle’s leadership, Imageworks began exploring the Indian market of visual effects and animation. The result was Imageworks India; a partnership between FrameFlow, India and Sony. She served on the board of that joint venture until she left the company.

While at Imageworks, Fulle managed digital production on Sony Pictures Animation’s, Academy Award® nominated film Surf’s Up, Academy Award® nominated The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe, Academy Award® winning Spider-Man 2, Academy Award® and BAFTA nominated Spider-Man, as well as Imageworks’ first animated short film and Oscar® winner for Best Animated Short Film in 2002, The Chubb-Chubbs. Some of Fulle’s other Imageworks credits include Open Season, Charlie’s Angels, Bad Boys 2, The Martrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, I Am Legend, Stuart Little, The Aviator, Hancock and Ghost Rider.

Before joining Sony Pictures Imageworks, Fulle was visual effects producer at DreamWorks SKG on Gore Verbinski’s first feature film Mousehunt. She also worked as a visual effects production executive for Disney’s feature department.

Fulle has also served as head of production for Warner Digital Studio where she produced the visual effects for the feature film Eraser, a visual effects producer at Digital Domain on the feature film Apollo 13, and a visual effects producer on the feature film True Lies for Boss Film Studio.
Fulle first produced visual effects in 1992, on the feature film Batman Returns, while working at 4Ward Productions. Before producing visual effects, Fulle worked at Dream Quest Images on the film Total Recall.

Fulle began her career in visual effects at age 18 as a janitor for George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic. She rose through the ranks of entry-level positions, eventually
becoming visual effects production assistant on Star Trek; The Voyage Home. While working and learning visual effects at ILM, Fulle worked on many projects, including the Academy Award® winning and nominated films Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Innerspace, Back to the Future III and Ghost.

Fulle was born in San Francisco and raised in Marin County. Her earliest national accomplishment was at age 11 when, after a lengthy court battle with N.O.W. and the A.C.L.U. by her side, she won the right for girls to play Little League baseball and was the first girl in the United States to actually play. She led her league in homeruns that year.

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Jim Bissell (2009) — Production Designer
Jim Bissell began his motion picture career as production designer on Steven Spielberg’s enduring classic “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” and was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Production Design for his work on that film. He later reunited with Spielberg on the films “Always” and “Twilight Zone... » more

Jim Bissell began his motion picture career as production designer on Steven Spielberg’s enduring classic “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” and was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Production Design for his work on that film. He later reunited with Spielberg on the films “Always” and “Twilight Zone.”

Other credits have included “The Falcon and the Snowman,” “The Boy Who Could Fly,” “Harry and the Hendersons,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Twins,” “Arachnophobia,” “The Rocketeer,” “Jumanji,” “Tin Cup,” “My Fellow Americans,” “Cats & Dogs,” “The 6th Day,” “Hollywood Homicide.” and “The Ring 2”. Early in his career, Bissell won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Director for a Television Series for his work on “Palmerstown, U.S.A.” More recently he was honored with nominations from the Art Directors Guild for his work on Zach Snyder’s “300” and “The Spiderwick Chronicles.”

Bissell is also known for his collaboration with director George Clooney, starting with Clooney’s feature film directorial debut “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.” This was followed in 2005 with “Good Night, and Good Luck,” and continued with the 2007 release of “Leatherheads.” “Good Night, and Good Luck” garnered Art Direction nominations from both the Art Directors Guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as a Satellite Award for best Production Design.

He has been a guest lecturer at USC, AFI and the North Carolina School of the Arts and is a former instructor at the UCLA School of Continuing Education. Bissell is a past vice president of the Art Directors Guild and is on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He holds a BFA in Theater from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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John Kilkenny (2010) — Executive VP, Twentieth Century Fox
John Kilkenny is an Executive Vice President at Twentieth Century Fox, heading the studio’s visual effects department.   His division budgets, produces and oversees all the visual effects – a key component of many of today’s blockbuster pictures – on feature films made by the studio’s production... » more

John Kilkenny is an Executive Vice President at Twentieth Century Fox, heading the studio’s visual effects department.   His division budgets, produces and oversees all the visual effects – a key component of many of today’s blockbuster pictures – on feature films made by the studio’s production units, TCF, Fox 2000 Pictures, and Fox Searchlight Pictures. 

 

Mr. Kilkenny oversaw the Academy Award®-winning effects on Avatar, written and directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker James Cameron (Titanic); Night at the Museum, X-Men: The Last Stand, Australia, from acclaimed filmmaker Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge), The Day The Earth Stood Still, and many other Fox “event” movies.   He and his team are hard at work on the upcoming Gulliver’s Travels, The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, a prequel to Planet of the Apes, an epic film that explains the beginning of the very successful franchise; X Men Origins, another tent pole summer release from the X-Men franchise; the Jim Carrey comedy Mr. Popper’s Penguins; and a sequel to the highly successful live action-CGI comedy Alvin and the Chipmunks.

 

Prior to joining Fox’s senior executive ranks, Mr. Kilkenny was an associate producer/visual effects producer on the box-office hits Garfield and I, Robot, the latter earning an Academy Award® nomination for best achievement in visual effects.   Before that, he was a freelance visual effects producer on the films Dr. Dolittle 2, Daredevil, Gone in 60 Seconds and Star Trek Insurrection.
Mr. Kilkenny began his career in motion picture visual effects at the renowned effects house Digital Domain, where he became head producer in the company’s commercial division.   He has also worked as a freelance commercials producer (for clients Budweiser, Toyota, Chevrolet, and many others) and sportscaster at the NBC affiliate in El Paso, Texas.

 

As a student at the University of Arizona, Mr. Kilkenny, who grew up in Tempe, studied Radio/Television, interned at the NBC affiliate in Tucson, and was a sports producer at the local ABC station.  In addition, he headed the Association of Students concert division, booking concerts headlined by superstars like Huey Lewis and the News, Barry Manilow, Kenny Rogers, and Hall and Oates.   The University has recognized Mr. Kilkenny for his achievements in the film industry, by awarding him an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts during the Spring 2009 Graduation Ceremony.

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Jon Ferguy (2010) — Co-Owner, Sohonet
As a director and co-owner of Sohonet, Jon is one of the driving forces that has led the company to become a world-leading provider of connectivity and data management services. He is well known by post-production companies worldwide as an innovator in the convergence of high-level computing and... » more

As a director and co-owner of Sohonet, Jon is one of the driving forces that has led the company to become a world-leading provider of connectivity and data management services. He is well known by post-production companies worldwide as an innovator in the convergence of high-level computing and film/digital video. His more recent focus has been on streamlining file-based workflows for production and post, and is the chief architect of Vessel, a new automated digital negative management service for digital motion pictures from Sohonet's Production Services division.
Prior to joining Sohonet in 1999, Jon worked as a systems engineer at Framestore in London, where he designed many of the production systems employed on projects such as Walking With Dinosaurs and Lost in Space, with networking security a particular specialism.

Before Framestore, he freelanced for leading facilities and TV broadcasters, working with digital and analogue video techniques, telecine, film scanning and recording, online and offline editing, the Quantel product line including Domino, and Discreet Logic products including Flame and Inferno. Jon's has a BSc in Physics(from the University of Southampton), where he was president of the student film society, leading to chairmanship of the British Federation of Film Societies Student Group.

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Jonas Thaler (2010) — SrVP Post Production, Anschutz Film Group/Walden Media
Jonas Thaler is a post production jack-of-all-trades with a career in film and TV starting with VFX on "Empire Strikes Back" and music on "Amadeus".   As a production executive, he introduced Avid systems to low-budget features.   As co-producer of CBS' "American Tragedy", he brought in a Beta... » more

Jonas Thaler is a post production jack-of-all-trades with a career in film and TV starting with VFX on "Empire Strikes Back" and music on "Amadeus".   As a production executive, he introduced Avid systems to low-budget features.   As co-producer of CBS' "American Tragedy", he brought in a Beta version of Apple Final Cut Pro to edit 2000 hours of news video of the O. J. Simpson trial.  After four years in New Zealand as New Line Cinema's post production supervisor on the "Lord Of The Rings" trilogy, he joined Walden Media as post supervisor on "Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The WItch and The Wardrobe".    Jonas is now SrVP Post Production for the Anschutz Film Group/Walden Media and has been instrumental in developing post pipelines for "Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D", the first live action digitally acquired 3D movie, and innovative file-based production, color metadata, dailies and post production workflows for "Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader".

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Lee Berger (2009) — President, Film Division - Rhythm & Hues Studios
Lee Berger is the senior executive for Rhythm & Hues Films, which specializes in producing computer-generated visual effects and character animation for Hollywood motion pictures. R&H Films is one of only a few production facilities in the world with the expertise and scale to service... » more

Lee Berger is the senior executive for Rhythm & Hues Films, which specializes in producing computer-generated visual effects and character animation for Hollywood motion pictures. R&H Films is one of only a few production facilities in the world with the expertise and scale to service multiple, large-scale, Hollywood studio "tentpole" films simultaneously. In addition to overseeing Rhythm & Hues’ service work, Lee also leads the studio's creative content development efforts. Among the R&H Film Division recent successes under Lee’s direction are the Oscar and BAFTA-winning visual effects of “The Golden Compass,” the studio's third Sci-Tech award, (for the development of its proprietary fluid simulation pipeline). Prior to his current position, Lee served for eight years as executive producer of R&H Films, overseeing the studio's production of the Academy Award-nominated "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” and dozens of other movies.

Currently, Lee’s team is working on a full slate of upcoming 2009-10 releases, including: "Cabin in the Woods," "Aliens in the Attic," "The Wolf Man," "Alvin & Chipmunks: The Squeakuel" and "Cirque du Freak." The studio's recent releases include "Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian," “Land of the Lost,” “State of Play,” "Fast & Furious 4," "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," "The Incredible Hulk" and "The Mummy 3: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor." Lee's career in the entertainment business spans thirty years. His initial exposure in visual effects came in 1987 at Apogee Productions, where he started as an Assistant Director with industry veteran and Academy Award-winning VFX supervisor John Dykstra. Lee also worked for many years alongside director and effects whiz Bruce Dorn at his commercial production facility in Hollywood.Lee’s first foray into producing visual effects came in 1993, as a freelance VFX producer on such projects as "Batman Forever," "Titanic" and "Volcano," before joining Foxowned Blue Sky|VIFX as VP, Production. With the merger of VIFX with Rhythm & Hues in 1999, he became R&H Films' Executive Producer. During the Ford and Carter administrations, Lee was a news cameraman at the White House. After relocating to Los Angeles, he worked on numerous features, commercials and documentaries, becoming a producer and first assistant director. Lee is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Radio, TV and Film program. He recently co-authored a chapter on Effects in The Oxford Handbook of Film & Media Studies with former Rhythm & Hues Films president Richard Hollander.

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Lynwen Brennan (2010) — President / General Manager, ILM / Skywalker Sound
Lynwen Brennan is President and General Manager of two of the best known brands in post production; Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound. Her role requires oversight and leadership of all production, business operations and strategy for the companies. Lynwen has worked in the post... » more

Lynwen Brennan is President and General Manager of two of the best known brands in post production; Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound. Her role requires oversight and leadership of all production, business operations and strategy for the companies. Lynwen has worked in the post production and entertainment fields for over 20 years and has a breadth of experience in keeping ahead of the challenges presented by an ever changing industry.

Lynwen joined Industrial Light & Magic in 1999 and has since held positions of increasing responsibility and scope.  Prior to being promoted to her current position in early 2010, Brennan held the title of Executive in Charge of Production at ILM, a position she held for 4 years. In this role, Lynwen oversaw all of the artistic and production talent at ILM and was responsible for ensuring that productions were efficiently staffed for on-time, on-budget delivery. She played a driving role in the company’s overall portfolio management and was a key member of ILM’s executive staff.

Before coming to Lucasfilm, Lynwen had 10 years of experience in visual effects software development. She began her career as an original member of Parallax Software Ltd. where she held a variety of roles from support to sales. In 2005 Parallax was sold to Avid Technology and Lynwen was a key member of the transition team. She spent 2 years with Avid as a marketing manager before joining Alias Wavefront as a Product Manager focusing on strategic business development and product management.

Lynwen holds a BS from the University of London.
 

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Marc Weigert (2009) — Producer and Visual Effects Supervisor, CEO of Uncharted Territory, LLC
Currently co-producer and VFX supervisor on Roland Emmerich’s “2012” for Sony/Columbia Pictures. Marc is the CEO of production company Uncharted Territory, LLC, founded in 1999 with business partner Volker Engel (academy award winner for visual effects on “Independence Day”). Uncharted Territory... » more

Currently co-producer and VFX supervisor on Roland Emmerich’s “2012” for Sony/Columbia Pictures.

Marc is the CEO of production company Uncharted Territory, LLC, founded in 1999 with business partner Volker Engel (academy award winner for visual effects on “Independence Day”). Uncharted Territory produced the feature film “Coronado” in 2001 and co-produced the mini-series “Dark Kingdom” for sci-fi channel and the mini-series “The Triangle” with Bryan Singer and Dean Devlin. Marc received an EMMY-award in 2006 for “The Triangle”.

In between producing feature and TV films, Uncharted Territory also provided visual effects services for “The day after tomorrow” (2004) and the “Intermedia”-title for “Terminator 3” (2003).

Weigert also served as visual effects producer and supervisor on a multitude of commercials and the ride film for Universal Studios Florida Harry PotterIsland of Adventure.

Before Uncharted Territory, Marc Weigert was CEO for visual effects company Dreamscape Imagery Inc. Opened in 1995, their credits include "Independence Day", "Muppets From Space", "Flubber", "The Drew Carey Show" and many European movies and series.

As the VFX Project Manager for "Independence Day", Weigert created “Digital Assistant for Visual Effects”, a project management software program to manage, schedule and track the shooting and post production of thousands of VFX elements. His software has subsequently been sold to several major studios, including 20th century fox, the Walt Disney company and Sony Pictures. It has been used on many feature films including "Stuart Little", "Alien: Resurrection", "Flubber", "Volcano", "Godzilla", "Wing Commander", "Monkeybone", and "X-Men", as well as on TV movies and series.

Weigert has lectured at seminars for the Producer’s Guild of America and European Digital Arts Media, and he conducted the Visual Effects Master Class "Action with Effects" for producers and directors sponsored by the European Film Academy. He has also taught visual effects classes at The Art Institute of Los Angeles and was speaker at the iHollywood Forum in Los Angeles.

Marc Weigert is a member of the Visual Effects Society and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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Mark Jaszberenyi (2010) — Founder, Colorfront
Mark Jaszberenyi is a founder of Colorfront, Budapest, one of Europe's leading digital film post-production facilities, and a successful innovator of software and workflow tools for motion picture production. This year, along with colleagues Gyula Priskin and Tamas Perlaki, he won an Academy Award... » more

Mark Jaszberenyi is a founder of Colorfront, Budapest, one of Europe's leading digital film post-production facilities, and a successful innovator of software and workflow tools for motion picture production. This year, along with colleagues Gyula Priskin and Tamas Perlaki, he won an Academy Award the development Autodesk’s Lustre® DI grading system. Mark originally founded Colorfront in 2002, with his brother Aron, as a software development business whose products met industry demand for colour-calibrated tools to digitally grade and finish motion pictures. Working with Priskin and Perlaki they delivered the Stand Alone Colour Corrector for The Lord Of The Rings in 2001, sparking the DI revolution, and went on to become the authors of Lustre. Since its opening in 2007, Colorfront's post production division has worked on many high–profile international feature films and episodic TV shows shot in Hungary. This experience has lead to fresh innovation in the form of the newly-launched Colorfont On-Set Dailes, a state-of-the-art digital dailies tool that provides key departments – directors, producers, cinematographers, editors and VFX – with a fast, high-quality and cost-efficient resource as assets pass from set into post production.

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Mary Ann Hughes (2012) — Vice President, Film and Television Production Planning, The Walt Disney Company
Mary Ann Hughes is a 24 year veteran with Disney.  She has held a number of positions during her tenure ranging from a Senior Tax Analyst to Vice President, Film and Television Production Planning.  As a result of the growth and focus on production incentives and film finance opportunities, Mary... » more

Mary Ann Hughes is a 24 year veteran with Disney.  She has held a number of positions during her tenure ranging from a Senior Tax Analyst to Vice President, Film and Television Production Planning. 

As a result of the growth and focus on production incentives and film finance opportunities, Mary Ann transferred from Corporate Tax to the Studio Finance Group in 2006 as Vice President, Film and Television Production Planning.  She now devotes 100% of her time looking for opportunities to reduce production costs through film and television production incentives and structured film financing deals.  She supports Disney’s feature film groups (Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel) as well as Disney’s television groups (ABC Studios and ABC Cable Network).

Mary Ann holds a BS in Accounting from Cal Poly Pomona.

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Mat Beck, ASC (2012) — VFX Supervisor, Director, DP, President: Entity FX
Mat Beck, ASC, is a visual effects supervisor, producer, cinematographer and director known for his work on over 60 motion pictures, numerous TV shows, commercials and music videos. Beck started out shooting personal films and documentary footage, then began designing  and programming digital... » more

Mat Beck, ASC, is a visual effects supervisor, producer, cinematographer and director known for his work on over 60 motion pictures, numerous TV shows, commercials and music videos.

Beck started out shooting personal films and documentary footage, then began designing  and programming digital tools for the VFX industry, including what was likely the first  microcomputer motion control system. At the same time, he worked as a camera operator, eventually progressing to Director of Photography and VFX supervisor. Beck founded Light Matters, Inc. in 1994, was original partner of Pixel Envy, and founded Entity FX in 2002. Entity's Canadian subsidiary, Entity FX North, just celebrated its 5th anniversary.

Mat has worked on such notable films as Titanic, The Abyss, Moonstruck, X-Files: The Movie, True Lies, Galaxy Quest, Batman Returns and The Nutty Professor, among others. Since founding Entity FX in 2002, Mat has supervised visual effects for such feature projects as Miami Vice, Scary Movie 4, Hitch, The Aviator, Spider-Man 2, Herbie: Fully Loaded, Sweet Home Alabama, The Air I Breathe, Rush Hour 3, Into the Wild, The Spirit, Law Abiding Citizen, The Final Destination: 3D, Conviction, Michael Jackson's This Is It, I am Number Four, Fright Night, and U2 - From the Sky Down.

On the television side, Mat has produced and/or executive supervised visual effects for many ground breaking series, including The Vampire Diaries, Smallville, Breaking Bad, and X-Files as well as, most recently, Charlie's Angels and the Secret Circle Pilot. He has also supervised effects for HBO's Six Feet Under, Entourage and Band of Brothers. Mat is also an experienced director, having led multiple second units on feature and television projects, as well as directing an episode of Smallville.

Mat has been nominated for VES and ATAS awards and has won two Emmy awards. In addition to the VES, where he served on the board for 6 years, Mat is a member of The American Society of Cinematographers (serving on the Tech Committee), The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences (Executive Committee), The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, The International Cinematographers Guild (Local 600), The Directors Guild of America and The Writers Guild of America.

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Matt Plec (2010) — Product Designer, Nuke
Matt Plec has filled a variety of roles in the post production industry from compositing and 3D to software and pipeline development. In 2007 he joined The Foundry to head up the company's Nuke development effort during the product's transition from Digital Domain. He continues to work with the... » more

Matt Plec has filled a variety of roles in the post production industry from compositing and 3D to software and pipeline development. In 2007 he joined The Foundry to head up the company's Nuke development effort during the product's transition from Digital Domain. He continues to work with the Nuke team as Product Designer, enjoying the challenges put forth by the industry's top visual effects artists and studios.

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Max Michael (2013) — Head of Business Development, Asia - Agent, Motion Picture Literary Department, UTA
Max Michael is Head of Business Development for Asia at leading talent and literary agency UTA, where he is in charge of pursuing the agency’s ventures in China and the region. Originally from the New York City area, Michael joined UTA in 2008 after graduating from Colgate University with a B.A. in... » more

Max Michael is Head of Business Development for Asia at leading talent and literary agency UTA, where he is in charge of pursuing the agency’s ventures in China and the region.

Originally from the New York City area, Michael joined UTA in 2008 after graduating from Colgate University with a B.A. in Environmental Ethics and Public Policy and a minor in Film and Media Studies. As head of UTA’s China initiative, Max is responsible for growing the agency’s regional presence in talent and literary representation, online and social media, licensing, branding, endorsements, film financing and production.

In addition to spearheading UTA’s business development in Asia, Michael is an agent in the motion picture literary department, representing both established and emerging feature writers and directors. His clients include Michael Katleman, executive producer of basic cable’s most-watched scripted series “Rizzoli and Isles,” and Robert Stromberg, director of Disney’s upcoming film MALEFICENT, starring Angelina Jolie.

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Michael Bravin (2010) — Vice President of Market Development for ARRI, Inc.
Michael is responsible for developing new markets for ARRI with focus on the new Alexa line of cameras. He works closely with cinematographers in their transition from traditional film methodologies and workflows to take full advantage of the digital tools available today and into the future. Prior... » more

Michael is responsible for developing new markets for ARRI with focus on the new Alexa line of cameras. He works closely with cinematographers in their transition from traditional film methodologies and workflows to take full advantage of the digital tools available today and into the future.

Prior to his position with ARRI Michael was CTO at Band Pro Film & Digital from 1994-2009. At Band Pro he was responsible for their pioneering efforts in the 90’s to bring electronic tools and workflows to the film community. He worked closely with Sony and Zeiss to develop electronic cameras and high performance lenses to meet the demands of the motion picture film, television and commercial markets.

Prior to his tenure at Band Pro, Michael worked with Abekas Video Systems, a company that made some of the first digital post and production tools in the transition from analog to digital production. He also was with California Communications, Inc, and early in his career he worked for NBC Sports in live sports television production.

Michael was a founding member of the Santa Fe High Definition Workshops in 2000. The SFHD Workshops trained cinematographers, camera operators, DIT’s and producers in the methods and practices of digital cinematography. With workshops in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Canada and the US, the SFHD Workshops prepared the market for the coming transition to digital electronic cinematography.

Michael has a broad technical background in production and post production which he brings to bear in his educational and support activities. He has a reputation for making complicated technical and engineering principles simple and straightforward for production creatives.

He is an Associate member of the ASC, SMPTE, and The Digital Cinema Society.
 

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Michael Fink (2010) — President, Visual Effects Worldwide, Prime Focus Ltd.
President, Visual Effects Worldwide, Prime Focus Ltd. CEO, Senior Visual Effects Supervisor, Prime Focus VFX North America Michael created his first miniature shot -- a still of a rocket to the moon -- in the hallway of his parents' home at the age of 10. He went on to earn degrees from California... » more

President, Visual Effects Worldwide, Prime Focus Ltd.
CEO, Senior Visual Effects Supervisor, Prime Focus VFX North America Michael created his first miniature shot -- a still of a rocket to the moon -- in the hallway of his parents' home at the age of 10. He went on to earn degrees from California State University Northridge, San Francisco Art Institute, and California Institute of the Arts. 

 

Michael began working in film on “China Syndrome” in 1977. He “cut his eye teeth” on films such as “Star Trek the Motion Picture” and “Bladerunner” before becoming a Visual Effects Supervisor on “WarGames”, in 1982. He has since worked on over 45 films, including “Buckaroo Banzai”, “Project X”, “The Seventh Sign”, “Batman Returns”, “Braveheart”, “Mars Attacks!”, “X-Men”, “X-Men 2”, “Constantine”, “The Golden Compass”, and “Tropic Thunder”. 

 

In 2008, Michael received an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, and a BAFTA Award for Best Special Visual Effects for the film “The Golden Compass”. 

 

More recently, Michael joined Prime Focus, Ltd., as CEO, Senior Visual Effects Supervisor. During his tenure at Prime Focus, Michael has overseen visual effects for films such as “G.I. Joe”, “New Moon”, “Avatar”, and some new films yet to bementionable. 

 

In addition, Michael is on the Executive Committee of the Visual Effects Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and is a founding member, board member, and former Vice-Chairman of the Visual Effects Society. 

 

Michael, his wife Melissa Bachrach, and their son, Alex, live in Los Angeles with their dog, Comet.

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Mimi Gramatky (2013) — President, Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800)
Mimi Gramatky’s skills reach beyond Production Design into interior and landscape architecture, theatre design, visual FX and animation, documentary filmmaking, and teaching. Having worked in the industry for more than three decades, her credits as Production Designer include Fatso (the short) for... » more

Mimi Gramatky’s skills reach beyond Production Design into interior and landscape architecture, theatre design, visual FX and animation, documentary filmmaking, and teaching. Having worked in the industry for more than three decades, her credits as Production Designer include Fatso (the short) for her mentor Ann Bancroft; Altered States and Superman 1 & 2 (VFX Executive); Miami Vice (Art Director); and now, embracing the 21st Century, Production Designer of the first all¬¬-union new media science fiction series, 10,000 Days and the virtual world of pilot Xxit. She has been a member of the ADG Board of Directors and is a past member of the ADG Council.

Gramatky is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University and is a Bush Fellow in theatre design, having interned at the Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis. In a parallel career, Mimi has developed and taught Production Design curriculum for more than two decades. She has been married for 27 years to Composer/Arranger/Orchestrator Geoff Stradling.

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Nagin Cox (2013) — System Engineer, NASA/JPL
Nagin graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering and a BA in Psychology and was commissioned as an officer in the US Air Force. As a lieutenant, she was stationed at Wright‐Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio and worked as a systems engineer in F‐16... » more

Nagin graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering and a BA in Psychology and was commissioned as an officer in the US Air Force. As a lieutenant, she was stationed at Wright‐Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio and worked as a systems engineer in F‐16 aircrew training. She later attended the Air Force Institute of Technology where she received a masters degree in Space Operations Systems Engineering. As a captain, she served as an Orbital Analyst at NORAD/Space Command in Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs.

After leaving the Air Force to pursue more civilian space applications, she joined JPL in 1993 and has since served as a systems engineer and manager on multiple interplanetary robotic missions including NASA/JPL’s Galileo mission to Jupiter, the Mars Exploration Rover Missions and the Kepler telescope mission to search for earth‐like planets around other stars. Her roles have included the Deputy Team Chief of the engineering spacecraft flight team for NASA/JPL’s Galileo mission to Jupiter, the Deputy Team Chief of the Spacecraft/Rover Engineering Flight Team on the JPL Mars Exploration Rover Missions and the Deputy Project System Engineer on Kepler as well as the Supervisor for the Surface Systems –Systems Engineering Group at JPL. She also led the first phase of the proposal that has since become NASA’s 2016 Mars Mission‐ InSight. She is currently working on Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)‐ NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover that landed in August of 2012. On this mission, she has served in the past as the Assistant Flight System Engineering Manager and is now part of the mission operations team operating the rover on Mars. Nagin has spoken to audiences around the US, in Europe, and the Middle East on the stories of the people behind the missions.

In her spare time, Nagin races with her dragonboating team, competes in sprint triathlons and sings with a Sweet Adelines barbershop chorus. She is part of the assistant staff with a women’s self‐defense program and is involved with the Women’s Rights Committee of Human Rights Watch. She also enjoys exploring this planet with her husband.

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Olcun Tan (2010) — Co-Founder / Head of R&D Gradient Effects
Olcun Tan is an award winning visual effects artist, co-founder and head of research and development at Gradient Effects. He is the architect of Gradient’s  GLoW software and workflow. Developed first as an in-house tool, GLoW’s next generation meta-data toolset has matured into a commercially... » more

Olcun Tan is an award winning visual effects artist, co-founder and head of research and development at Gradient Effects.

He is the architect of Gradient’s  GLoW software and workflow. Developed first as an in-house tool, GLoW’s next generation meta-data toolset has matured into a commercially available service. Mr. Tan was previously the lead effects developer at Dreamworks Animation, Earlier, he innovated new VFX software at The Mill and Moving Picture Company in London, on films including several “Harry Potter” installments.

Olcun began to demonstrate his technical prowess early in his career, making impactful industry contributions while working at leading Europe-based visual effects houses including Millfilm and London`s Moving Picture Company. At MillFilm, he was the lead software developer on global blockbusters like Black Hawk Down and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. His Research and Development on Lara Croft: Tomb Raider resulted in advancements in rigid body simulation. Black Hawk Down on which Olcun served as CG location supervisor--earned industry wide praise in particular for its realistic Black Hawk crash sequence. Other Contributions include the development of a fast and stable  computational fluid dynamics system in cooperation with Flow Analysis, which was used in Blockbusters such as "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer`s Stone" and "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets". Next, he was recruited to serve as lead effects developer at Dreamworks Animation. For Over the Hedge, Olcun developed a foliage system, which today remains a key feature in the DWA pipeline. It has been used on subsequent releases including the hit Kung Fu Panda. In 2006 a Siggraph Sketch detailed his work. He co-founded Gradient Effects to combine visual effects supervision and artistry with cutting-edge R&D typically available only at much larger studios.

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Patrick Davenport (2013) — SVP, Global Operations, Method Studios
Patrick Davenport is Senior Vice President of Global Operations for Method Studios, an award-winning visual effects company, with facilities across the US, Canada, England and Australia. Since joining Method in 2010, Patrick has been instrumental in the successful expansion of Method from a two... » more

Patrick Davenport is Senior Vice President of Global Operations for Method Studios, an award-winning visual effects company, with facilities across the US, Canada, England and Australia. Since joining Method in 2010, Patrick has been instrumental in the successful expansion of Method from a two office outfit in LA and New York, to an international group with nine facilities. Having produced visual effects for both commercials and features for nearly two decades, Patrick’s unique experience and perspective made him an ideal choice to manage Method’s global operations.

Prior to joining Method, Patrick served as Executive Producer at Image Metrics, where he worked on features such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and introduced the company’s proprietary performance-driven facial animation into VFX and animation markets globally. Originally from the UK, Patrick’s VFX experience in the US started with Digital Domain, where he was initially hired as Director of Digital Operations before being promoted to Executive Producer of Digital Domain’s commercial division in 2001. Patrick began his visual effects career at The Moving Picture Company in London, where he first joined the VFX department as a producer before being promoted to Director of VFX in 1995.
 

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Paul Martin Smith (2009) — Visual Effects Editor
Paul Martin Smith is known for his editing work with George Lucas, having worked for five years at Lucasfilm Ltd. His many film editing credits include “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (3D); Star Wars: Episode 1 –“The Phantom Menace”; Renny Harlin's “Mindhunters”, starring Val Kilmer, Jonny Lee... » more

Paul Martin Smith is known for his editing work with George Lucas, having worked for five years at Lucasfilm Ltd. His many film editing credits include “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (3D); Star Wars: Episode 1 –“The Phantom Menace”; Renny Harlin's “Mindhunters”, starring Val Kilmer, Jonny Lee Miller, Christian Slater, Kathryn Morris and LL Cool J; the war drama “Behind Enemy Lines”, starring Gene Hackman and Owen Wilson; the romantic comedy “The MatchMaker”, starring Janeane Garofalo; and Jim Gillespie’s thriller “Venom”.  Smith designed (in collaboration with David Dozoretz) and edited three key sequences for the animated feature “Titan A.E”.  He served as the consulting editor on Ernest Dickerson's crime drama “Never Die Alone”, and edited four telefilms in the feature franchise “The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones.”  Additionally, he has edited over 30 documentaries, including “Gunfight USA” for PBS’s “Frontline” and “Cold Spring New Dawn” for PBS’s “Nova.” Smith's other television credits include the telefilms “Country Justice”, starring George C. Scott; “Unforgivable”, with John Ritter; “The Canterville Ghost”, starring Patrick Stewart and Neve Campbell; the Hong Kong detective series “Yellowthread Street” for ITV in the UK; and the Amblin Entertainment/Unversal for NBC sci-fi series “Earth 2.”  Over his career he has also edited award-winning commercials and music videos, and has been second unit director, first assistant director and camera operator. Smith is multi-lingual and carries both French and US passports. He is a member of the Guild Of British Film & TV Editors (GBFTE).

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Payam Shohadai (2013) — Executive Supervisor / Co Founder, Luma Pictures
Payam Shohadai is co-founder of Luma Pictures and the leader of its creative and executive management teams. Under his guidance, the company has established itself as a premier provider of visual effects services to Hollywood with a reputation for artistic and business integrity, technical... » more

Payam Shohadai is co-founder of Luma Pictures and the leader of its creative and executive management teams. Under his guidance, the company has established itself as a premier provider of visual effects services to Hollywood with a reputation for artistic and business integrity, technical innovation and efficient production.

Luma's steady growth under Shohadai's leadership is a testament to the quality of work—and life—that he espouses. An advocate of the "work hard, play hard" attitude, Shohadai provides Luma with ample opportunities for team-building activities, cultural excursions and enjoyable events. This attitude permeates the Luma world and fosters a feeling of family within the studio, not only in their "extracurricular" activities but also throughout production.

Shohadai has led Luma's visual effects team on more than 75 film projects, ranging from blockbusters such as Marvel's The Avengers and X-Men: First Class, to creature genre films such as the Underworld franchise, to dramatic Oscar-nominated films such as the Coen brothers' True Grit.

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Randy Lake (2009) — Executive Vice President and General Manager, Sony Pictures Imageworks
Randy Lake has been named executive vice president and general manager of Sony Pictures Imageworks, the award winning visual effects and animation production studio it was announced today by Bob Osher, president of Sony Pictures Digital Productions. Lake, who has worked with Sony Pictures Digital... » more

Randy Lake has been named executive vice president and general manager of Sony Pictures Imageworks, the award winning visual effects and animation production studio it was announced today by Bob Osher, president of Sony Pictures Digital Productions. Lake, who has worked with Sony Pictures Digital Productions since 2006 in a business strategy and development role, moves into Imageworks to manage overall operations, strategy and planning. In his new position, Lake will partner with Ken Ralston, Imageworks’ senior visual effects supervisor and creative leader, and Debbie Denise, Sony Pictures Imageworks executive vice president of production, who is responsible for overseeing Imageworks’ producers and digital production management team, as well as crewing and scheduling, production infrastructure, satellite operations, and client relations. “Randy has been working closely with Imageworks for over 3 years and has been a key figure in planning and strategy throughout that time,” said Osher. “He is a brilliant business thinker who understands the challenges and opportunities on the digital landscape.” “Imageworks has built its reputation on quality and innovation,” said Lake. “Having been a close partner in planning and strategy, it is exciting to take on operating responsibility with this extraordinarily talented team.”

 

Lake joined Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) in 2006 as vice president and later senior vice president of corporate development for SPE, with the specific charter of supporting Sony Pictures Digital Productions' strategy and finance. In that capacity, Lake played a major role in the acquisition of what is now Imageworks India and in the development of the strategic plan for Imageworks and Sony Pictures Animation. In addition, Lake was part of the team responsible for creating the overall three-year medium range plan for Sony Pictures Entertainment, as well as providing leadership on various corporate initiatives.

 

"Since arriving at SPE, Randy has consistently demonstrated a broad and creative business view, tireless work ethic and an intuitive sense of the organization that will serve him well as he transitions to an operating role," said John Calkins, executive vice president, corporate development for Sony Pictures Entertainment. Lake previously served as a strategy consultant to the entertainment, media, and technology industries for Booz Allen in New York, London, and San Francisco. While at Booz Allen, Lake served as a consultant specializing in growth strategy development for a variety of global media and technology clients.

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Randy Starr (2011) — Visual Effects Producer
RANDALL STARR (Visual Effects Producer) is currently finishing work on “Journey 2: Mysterious Island”, the sequel to the ground-breaking 3D stereo film, “Journey to the Center of the Earth”.  Like the first film, Journey 2 was filmed in 3D stereo using six different camera packages.  Prior to... » more

RANDALL STARR (Visual Effects Producer) is currently finishing work on “Journey 2: Mysterious Island”, the sequel to the ground-breaking 3D stereo film, “Journey to the Center of the Earth”.  Like the first film, Journey 2 was filmed in 3D stereo using six different camera packages.  Prior to Journey 2, Randall produced the 2D/3D conversion and visual effects on “Cats & Dogs 2” using eleven conversion vendors around the world.   Previously, Randall was the visual effects producer on the 2007 comedy “Blades of Glory” and the 2005 fantasy adventure “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” where he was nominated for a Visual Effects Society Award for his work on both. 

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Richard Chuang (2011) — CEO Cloudpic Global, Inc
CEO Cloudpic A startup looking at capturing the creativities of the next generation of talents in the new world of digital content creation and multi-channel deliveries. Co-founder PDI (PDI/DreamWorks) Co-founder of PDI over 30 years ago, Richard pioneered the studio’s proprietary animation... » more

CEO Cloudpic
A startup looking at capturing the creativities of the next generation of talents in the new world of digital content creation and multi-channel deliveries.

Co-founder PDI (PDI/DreamWorks)
Co-founder of PDI over 30 years ago, Richard pioneered the studio’s proprietary animation system, which received an Academy Technical Achievement Award in 1998.  Chuang’s expertise is in computer animation and visual effects for both animated and live action films.   His credits range from directing commercials to winning an Emmy Award for graphics design.  He has 16 live action film credits as visual effects supervisor.
Besides the feature length animated film at PDI/DW, Richard also planned and guided the CG production for DreamWorks first all computer animated primetime TV show.  He was the executive responsible for developing production capacity worldwide for DreamWorks Animation including multi-national productions in Asia and Europe.

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Richard Crudo, ASC (2013) — Cinematographer
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, cinematographer Richard P. Crudo, ASC's lengthy resume includes such notable feature credits as American Buffalo, Outside Providence, American Pie, Down To Earth and Out Cold.  Each was singled out in reviews for its excellence in cinematography. In 2009 he... » more

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, cinematographer Richard P. Crudo, ASC's lengthy resume includes such notable feature credits as American Buffalo, Outside Providence, American Pie, Down To Earth and Out Cold.  Each was singled out in reviews for its excellence in cinematography.

In 2009 he directed the action\horror film Against the Dark for Sony Home Entertainment.  During 2012, he wrote, directed and photographed the contemporary crime feature Dirty People.  Additionally, for the past five seasons he has contributed photography to the popular FX Network series, Justified.

Mr. Crudo is currently President of the American Society of Cinematographers (having served in the same capacity from 2003 through 2006).  He is also serving as a Governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  He is a frequent guest lecturer at universities across the United States and is a regular contributor to American Cinematographer magazine and other industry publications.  He is also a leading proponent in the industry’s drive to establish standards for digital imaging workflow.

Other professional affiliations include memberships in the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Canadian Society of Cinematographers, the National Film Preservation Board for the Library of Congress, the International Cinematographers Guild and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.  In 2007 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society.  In May of 2012, he was invited to become a Canon Camera Explorer of Light.

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Richard Hollander (2009) — Producer, Pixar Animation Studios
Richard Hollander has been a recognized leader in the effects industry for over 25 years.  His film career began in 1979 with The China Syndrome, Star Trek, The Motion Picture and Blade Runner and includes Titanic, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, Superman... » more

Richard Hollander has been a recognized leader in the effects industry for over 25 years.  His film career began in 1979 with The China Syndrome, Star Trek, The Motion Picture and Blade Runner and includes Titanic, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, Superman Returns and The Golden Compass.  He co-founded VIFX, later merged with Rhythm and Hues where he was President of the Film Division for eight years before joining PIXAR Animation Studios as a Producer.  He has been awarded a Scientific and Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a CLIO for his pioneering work in CG animation. He is an active member of the Academy of Motion Pictures of Arts and Sciences and was a founding member of the Visual Effects Society.

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Richard Pearson (2009) — Editor
RICHARD PEARSON is currently working with co-editor Dan Lebental on “Iron Man 2” starring Robert Downey Jr., for director Jon Favreau. Pearson recently shared editing duties with Matt Chesse on the James Bond film “Quantum of Solace”. Previous editing credits include the Steve Carell comedy “Get ... » more

RICHARD PEARSON is currently working with co-editor Dan Lebental on “Iron Man 2” starring Robert Downey Jr., for director Jon Favreau. Pearson recently shared editing duties with Matt Chesse on the James Bond film “Quantum of Solace”. Previous editing credits include the Steve Carell comedy “Get Smart”, and the Will Ferrell vehicle “Blades of Glory.” He also co-edited with Clare Douglas and Christopher Rouse on writer/director Paul Greengrass’s acclaimed historic drama “United 93.” His work on that film garnered him an Academy Award nomination for Best Achievement in Editing, along with a BAFTA win for Best Feature Film Editing and an Eddie Award nomination from the American Cinema Editors.

Other editing credits include the motion picture adaptation of the groundbreaking Broadway musical “Rent”; the dark ensemble comedy “A Little Trip to Heaven”; and, with Christopher Rouse, the international hit “The Bourne Supremacy.” Pearson also edited the jungle-set action-adventure “The Rundown,” starring Dwayne Johnson and Seann William Scott, and, with Steven Weisberg, the hit sequel “Men in Black II.” Additional credits include “The Score,” “Drowning Mona,” “Bowfinger” and “Muppets from Space.”

Pearson earned both an Emmy Award nomination and an Eddie Award nomination for his work on the 1998 miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon.” He has also edited numerous television shows, music videos and commercials for various directors including Antoine Fuqua, Michael Bay, and Spike Jonze.

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Rob Bredow (2010,2012) — Chief Technology Officer, Sony Pictures Imageworks and Visual Effects Supervisor
Rob Bredow is Chief Technology Officer and Visual Effects Supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks. As CTO, Bredow is an innovator who brings a production-perspective to the role and has created Imageworks’ open source initiative—most recently releasing Alembic, Open Color I/O, and Open Shading... » more

Rob Bredow is Chief Technology Officer and Visual Effects Supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks. As CTO, Bredow is an innovator who brings a production-perspective to the role and has created Imageworks’ open source initiative—most recently releasing Alembic, Open Color I/O, and Open Shading Language to the open source community.

Bredow has been instrumental in the advancement of Imageworks’ lighting and rendering pipeline and is widely respected for his ability to mesh visual effects, animation and innovative technology into a seamless whole. Applications like Katana, the look development and lighting package, and Arnold, an advanced global illumination renderer, have been grown inside Imageworks' walls and seen growing commercial adoption under Bredow’s leadership.

Prior to accepting the CTO position, Bredow VFX supervised the films CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS and SURF’S UP, which was nominated for an Academy Award® and was also recognized with two Annie Awards wins for its effects.

Bredow has been involved in creating many of the complex visual effects featured in THE POLAR EXPRESS, STUART LITTLE 2, CAST AWAY, and Academy Award® nominated STUART LITTLE. Bredow’s other credits include GODZILLA AND INDEPENDENCE DAY.

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Robin Alan Linn (2012) — Artist Manager / Recruiting & Academic Relations
Robin Alan Linn was born in Southern California in a house where the television was always on. Robin was not so much raised on television; but rather he was raised by the television. His earliest memories are of Saturday mornings spent, cereal bowl in hand, watching hour upon hour (upon hour) of... » more

Robin Alan Linn was born in Southern California in a house where the television was always on. Robin was not so much raised on television; but rather he was raised by the television. His earliest memories are of Saturday mornings spent, cereal bowl in hand, watching hour upon hour (upon hour) of Warner Brother’s and Hanna-Barbera cartoons. With all of his father’s attempts to engage his mind and body in anything remotely sports related failing and Robin’s attempts at wood and metal shop resulting in a series of small but painful head and finger wounds he found himself in art class and, by his own admission, never left.

 

Foregoing a formal college education for a lucrative career as a convenience store night clerk, bank teller, bar bouncer, life drawing model, floral delivery man and costumed cartoon character Robin started sculpting as a way to stay sane. Through a series of events that decry any career path logic Robin found himself employed at Hanna-Barbera Cartoons as a sculptor. For years he spent his days there sculpting kiddy meal toys and animator’s maquettes and in short time rose up to become an Art Director with their licensing and marketing division, Orbit City Art Company. With the digital world dawning, Robin left H&B and went to work for Sony Pictures Imageworks arriving there as a digital character modeler before “going over to the dark side” of artist management. He eventually achieved the rank of Director of Animation Production and college outreach chair for the Imageworks Professional Academic Excellence (IPAX) program. As chair, Robin found himself being invited to speak on various college campuses and conferences around the globe about his experiences and his passion for the animation industry.

 

Robin joined Reel FX as their artist manager, recruiter and resident lecturer in the summer of 2009 where he continues to speak about the various career opportunities that the world of animation has to offer. It should be noted, that while Robin has now reached middle age, he still spends his Saturday mornings, cereal bowl in hand, watching hour upon hour (upon hour) of Warner Brother’s and Hanna-Barbera cartoons.

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Rohin Aggarwal (2013) — Founder & CEO Scarecrow Visual Effects
Rohin Aggarwal is a Harvard MBA with several years of experience in management consulting across multiple industries and geographies. He has been involved in the family business for over 10 years, helping grow it from a sole proprietorship to a $100M+ company. Rohin is the founder of Scarecrow... » more

Rohin Aggarwal is a Harvard MBA with several years of experience in management consulting across multiple industries and geographies. He has been involved in the family business for over 10 years, helping grow it from a sole proprietorship to a $100M+ company. Rohin is the founder of Scarecrow Visual Effects (www.scarecrowvfx.com), the world's first cloud-based visual effects facility. With Scarecrow, Rohin aims to deliver the same level of quality and service that filmmakers and content creators are used to at a brick-and-mortar facility while giving access to a distributed global workforce at a fraction of the cost. Scarecrow will launch in January 2014.

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Ron Prince (2010) — Editor, British Cinematographer / Managing Director, Prince PR
Ron Prince has over 20 years experience in PR and marketing communications, working with leading companies involved in software and hardware development, manufacturing, post production, and production for the film, TV, WEB,CAD and video gaming industries. He is the managing director of Prince PR,... » more

Ron Prince has over 20 years experience in PR and marketing communications, working with leading companies involved in software and hardware development, manufacturing, post production, and production for the film, TV, WEB,CAD and video gaming industries. He is the managing director of Prince PR, the editor of British Cinematographer Magazine, and writes articles on 3D, CGI and production for magazines in the UK and USA.

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Ruth Hauer (2012) — VFX Production Executive, The Walt Disney Company
Ruth Hauer has worked at the Walt Disney Company in the Feature Film VFX department for the past ten years.  She is responsible for the management of visual effects from inception through delivery on half of the feature films at The Walt Disney Studios. She feels very fortunate to work for such a... » more

Ruth Hauer has worked at the Walt Disney Company in the Feature Film VFX department for the past ten years. 

She is responsible for the management of visual effects from inception through delivery on half of the feature films at The Walt Disney Studios.

She feels very fortunate to work for such a prestigious brand.

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Sam Nicholson, ASC (2012) — CEO and Founder, Stargate Studios
Sam Nicholson, ASC, is CEO and founder of Stargate Studios, a state-of-the-art visual effects production company founded in 1989, with studios in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Vancouver, Toronto, Berlin and Malta. As Stargate's CEO, principal director and cinematographer, Sam draws from his extensive... » more

Sam Nicholson, ASC, is CEO and founder of Stargate Studios, a state-of-the-art visual effects production company founded in 1989, with studios in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Vancouver, Toronto, Berlin and Malta. As Stargate's CEO, principal director and cinematographer, Sam draws from his extensive expertise in film, television and visual effects to lead over 200 talented VFX supervisors, producers, CGI artists and technicians.

A graduate of the UCLA graduate school of Fine Arts, Sam has been involved in film and television production for over thirty years. From his first experience as on-set visual effect supervisor on 'Star Trek I' and the groundbreaking 'Max Headroom', to his Emmy Awards for best Visual Effects for TNT's "Battlegound" and NBC's "Heroes", Sam has built Stargate into an international leader in digital imaging for high concept television, feature films and commercials.

Currently working on multiple domestic and international projects, Sam and the Stargate team have created the visual effects for numerous series such as "The Walking Dead", "Heroes", "24", "Grey's Anatomy", "CSI: New York", "Ugly Betty", "ER", "The Event" and "Pan Am". Some of his motion picture credits include supervising and producing the visual effects for feature films such as 'Ghostbusters II', 'Highlander II', 'Naked Gun 33 1/3', 'White Noise' and the upcoming "Phantom".

A member of the American Society of Cinematographers, Sam has extensive experience with the latest digital cameras and a wide range of virtual production techniques. Sam consults, tests and shoots with latest digital camera systems from Canon, Arriflex, Sony and RED, including exotic digital hybrid cameras from Lockheed, Weisscam and the Fraunhofer Institute.

As CEO of Stargate Studios, Sam has built a dynamic international network of production partners interconnected with Stargate's proprietary Virtual Operating System (VOS) which seamlessly integrates the entire Stargate global network of VFX studios. In addition, Stargate's "Virtual Backlot" is one of the most extensive stock footage "environment" libraries available.

Sam Nicholson is a member of the ASC, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, an IA Director of Photography, a member of the Directors Guild of America and a multiple award-winning member of the Visual Effects Society.

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Scott Ross (2012) — Former CEO, Digital Domain
As one of the most notable pioneers in digital media and entertainment, Scott Ross’ career has been stellar. He founded, along with Hollywood luminaries James Cameron and Stan Winston, Digital Domain, one of the largest digital production studios in the motion picture and advertising industries. ... » more

As one of the most notable pioneers in digital media and entertainment, Scott Ross’ career has been stellar.

He founded, along with Hollywood luminaries James Cameron and Stan Winston, Digital Domain, one of the largest digital production studios in the motion picture and advertising industries.  Under Ross’ direction, Digital Domain garnered multiple Academy Award nominations, receiving its first Oscar for the ground breaking visual effects in TITANIC. That success was followed by a second Oscar for WHAT DREAMS MAY COME and a third for THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON.  Digital Domain received additional nominations for TRUE LIES, APOLLO 13 and I, ROBOT and has won four Scientific and Technical Achievement Academy Awards for its proprietary software.  For well over a decade Ross oversaw the company that created imagery for movies such as TITANIC, THE FIFTH ELEMENT,APOLLO13, FIGHT CLUB, TRUE LIES, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU, X-MEN, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, I ROBOT and many, many others.  Ross has worked with the who’s who of film directors such as Cameron, Bay, Fincher, Howard, Scorsese, Coppola, The Coen Brothers, Spielberg, Kurosawa, Jackson, Salles and generally, has nice things to say about them. 

In 2006 as Digital Domain’s CEO and Chairman, he successfully sold Digital Domain to director Michael Bay and a group of private equity investors. 

Prior to forming Digital Domain he led George Lucas’ vast entertainment empire, running ILM, Skywalker Sound, LucasFilm Commercial Productions and DroidWorks. Ross first joined LucasFilm as General Manager of Industrial Light and Magic and under his leadership, ILM won five Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects (WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT; INNERSPACE; TERMINATOR 2; THE ABYSS; DEATH BECOMES HER). The company re-organized in the 90’s and Ross was named Sr. VP of the LucasArts Entertainment Group, which was comprised of Skywalker Sound, LucasArts Commercial Productions, LucasArts Attractions, Editdroid/Soundroid and ILM.

Ross has played a significant role in the worldwide advertising industry as well. Having started commercial production companies whilst at LucasFilm (ILM and LCP) as well as Digital Domain’s Commercials Division, he has led two of the largest VFX commercial production companies on the planet. Digital Domain has continually established itself as the premiere visual effects studio in the advertising industry.  With Fortune 500 clients such as Nike, American Express, Gatorade, Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola and Mercedes Benz, the DD Commercials Division has garnered dozens of Clio Awards and numerous Cannes Golden Lions.

In addition to the visual effects divisions, Mr. Ross launched Digital Domain Films, a feature film production division.  The first feature film produced by Mr. Ross was the New Line Cinema release SECONDHAND LIONS which  achieved both critical and box office success.

Prior to his celebrated career in film and advertising, Ross was a sound engineer touring with bands such as Miles Davis, The Allman Brothers and Johnny Winter.

A native of New York City, Ross began his career in Media Studies at Hofstra University where he graduated with a BS in Communication Arts.  He returned to Hofstra to receive an honorary doctorate degree from his alma mater.

Mr. Ross is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (OSCARS); The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (EMMYS). He has worked on over 100 of the world’s largest special effects films and has lectured extensively about the creative process, content and technology in over 30 countries around the world.  
 

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Scott Squires (2011) — Visual Effects Supervisor
Scott Squires is an accomplished Visual Effects Supervisor with more than 30 years of experience in visual effects. He has worked on numerous high-profile films, including Fantastic Four : Rise of the Silver Surfer, Close Encounters of the Third Kind,  Dragonheart, The Mask and Star Wars: Episode... » more

Scott Squires is an accomplished Visual Effects Supervisor with more than 30 years of experience
in visual effects. He has worked on numerous high-profile films, including Fantastic Four : Rise of the Silver Surfer, Close Encounters of the Third Kind,  Dragonheart, The Mask and Star Wars: Episode 1 -The Phantom Menace, receiving Academy Award nominations for the latter three films.  He has also been recognized by the Academy with a Scientific and Engineering Award. Key Facility roles for Squires included co-founding Dream Quest Images where he served as President and VFX supervisor for 6 years. He followed this success with a 20 year term at Industrial Light & Magic, serving as VFX Supervisor, Commercial Director and Chief Technical Officer . Squires recently completed Transformers: Dark of the Moon as Legend 3D Senior VFX supervisor for this complex conversion.

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Sean Carroll (2012) — Senior Research Associate in Physics, California Institute of Technology
Sean Carroll is a Senior Research Associate in Physics at the California Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in 1993 from Harvard University, and has previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Theoretical Physics at MIT and at the Institute for Theoretical Physics... » more

Sean Carroll is a Senior Research Associate in Physics at the California Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in 1993 from Harvard University, and has previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Theoretical Physics at MIT and at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as on the faculty at the University of Chicago. His research ranges over a number of topics in theoretical physics, focusing on cosmology, field theory, particle physics, and gravitation. Carroll is the author of From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time, a popular-level book on cosmology and the arrow of time. He has also written a graduate textbook, Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity, and recorded a set of lectures on cosmology for the Teaching Company. Carroll has been awarded fellowships from the Sloan and Packard foundations and the American Physical Society, as well as the MIT Graduate Student Council Teaching Award and the Villanova University Arts and Sciences Alumni Medallion. Carroll is a contributor to the blog Cosmic Variance. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, writer Jennifer Ouellette.

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Sean Wimmer (2011) — VP of Post Production - Warner Premiere
Sean Wimmer is currently the Head of Post Production for Warner Premiere, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment specializing in the development and production of both features and digital content for home entertainment platforms.  Prior to this; he was the Director of Feature Post Production at... » more

Sean Wimmer is currently the Head of Post Production for Warner Premiere, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment specializing in the development and production of both features and digital content for home entertainment platforms.  Prior to this; he was the Director of Feature Post Production at the Studio with key focus on the Warner Independent Pictures projects. Before joining Warner Bros., he worked as a freelance Post Production Supervisor.

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Shane Mahan (2010) — Co-Owner, Legacy Effects / VFX Supervisor
Within mere months of Legacy Effects opening their doors, Shane was recognized for his work on 2008’s Iron Man by receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects. Crediting his work to the artists who worked under him at SWS, the nomination was a true testament to the level of... » more

Within mere months of Legacy Effects opening their doors, Shane was recognized for his work on 2008’s Iron Man by receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects. Crediting his work to the artists who worked under him at SWS, the nomination was a true testament to the level of professional artistry that’s now housed in
Legacy’s San Fernando based studio.

 

Shane moved to California during the effects boom of the early 1980’s. Shortly after school, he began working at various effects studios around Hollywood, eventually landing on the steps of Stan Winston Studio.
Shane’s first film for SWS was James Cameron’s classic The Terminator, where he served as Key Sculptor. Thus began his relationships with some of Hollywood’s A-list filmmakers, as he devoted his talents to the long list of projects he created, coordinated, or supervised effects for, including such classics as Aliens, Predator, Edward Scissorhands, Jurassic Park, and Big Fish.

 

In 2001, Shane’s diverse talents and skills earned him the title of Co-Producer on HBO’s Creature Features, where he not only designed and coordinated the effects, but also lent his experience and vast knowledge of classic horror films to produce and enhance the series. Having worked with Stan Winston for over two decades, it seemed fitting that Shane, along with John Rosengrant, Lindsay Macgowan and Alan Scott, would carry the torch of practical/makeup effects to lead them into the next generation of filmmaking by founding Legacy Effects in 2008. With inherent aptitude, Shane pursues each project with a commitment to artistic excellence and enthusiasm unrivaled in the industry. Having wrapped up work on Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2, Shane and Legacy were immediately involved in another epic adventure for Marvel, Thor, from director Kenneth Branagh. Concurrently, he’s back in the saddle with Jon Favreau for Dreamworks’ Cowboys and Aliens, set for release in summer of 2011

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Shannon Gans (2011) — Co-Founder and CEO, New Deal Studios
Shannon started her career with 2 projects and 2 partners straight out of the USC Entrepreneur Program in which she wrote the business plan for the studio. Shannon has carefully guided the evolution of the company over the past 15 years into a 21st. Century Studio where they develop and produce... » more

Shannon started her career with 2 projects and 2 partners straight out of the USC Entrepreneur Program in which she wrote the business plan for the studio. Shannon has carefully guided the evolution of the company over the past 15 years into a 21st. Century Studio where they develop and produce film, commercials, tv, web and mobile projects; all with no loans using profits to grow the company organically. Shannon has created a truly independent studio for the future.

Though best known for her below the line career in visual effects on over 100 of the biggest films and over 50 commercials in the past 15 years, Shannon has crossed the line and is currently a co-producer on 4 motion pictures, in addition to shorts, digital media projects, web TV shows and commercials. She has produced multi-million dollar projects along with more innovative smaller budget web campaigns.

Shannon is passionate about the use of business best practices and technology stragetgially, to naviage the distruptive change in the entertainment industry.
Using her experience on the tech/post side of film, Shannon is helping to pioneer the world of Transmedia or the concept of depoying a story over multiple media channels from the big screen to the mobile.

Shannon is a member of the Producers Guild of America, the Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO), and the Visual Effects Society.  She is an Advisory Board Member for the Entrepreneur Program at USC, where she remains active and was honored with Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2000.  She volunteers by speaking several times a semester and judging business plans in hopes of inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. 
 

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Sid Ganis (2013) — Producer, Out of the Blue... Entertainment
Sid Ganis founded Out of the Blue... Entertainment in 1996, following a distinguished career as an executive at several major studios. In 2005, Ganis was elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and completed the maximum of four, one-year terms. He now serves as a Past... » more

Sid Ganis founded Out of the Blue... Entertainment in 1996, following a distinguished career as an executive at several major studios.

In 2005, Ganis was elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and completed the maximum of four, one-year terms. He now serves as a Past President and active advisor to the Academy.

Out of the Blue Entertainment found box office success with its first two productions: Columbia’s Big Daddy, starring Adam Sandler, and Touchstone’s Deuce Bigalow. Then came Mr. Deeds, starring Sandler and Winona Ryder, and The Master of Disguise, starring Dana Carvey. Ganis and his wife, Nancy Hult Ganis, produced the critical success Akeelah and the Bee, staring Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, and Keke Palmer.

Prior to founding Out of the Blue..., Ganis held various positions at Sony Pictures, including Vice Chairman of Columbia Pictures and President of Worldwide Marketing for Columbia/Tristar.

Before joining Sony, Ganis served for five years at Paramount Pictures. As President of the Motion Picture Group he green-lit the box-office hit Ghost and purchased the rights to Winston Groom’s novel Forrest Gump, which would go on to win six Academy Awards including Best Picture. Previously, Ganis served as Senior Vice President of Lucasfilm, Ltd., working closely with George Lucas on the production and marketing of The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, and other films. Ganis won an Emmy for producing the behind-the-scenes documentary The Making Of Raiders....

Recently, he Co–Executive Produced the ABC series PAN AM on which Nancy was Exec Producer.

Currently he is involved in a number of ventures in China including as a partner in Jiaflix Enterprises which, together with M1905 (China’s movie website), provides films via the Internet. He is also honorary Chairman of China’s Wuxi Studios.

He is also honorary Chariman of Wuxi Studio. In addition, Ganis also serves as an advisor to Dolby Laboratories.

Ganis is on the boards of FIND (Film Independent), the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, and the San Francisco Film Society. In addition, Ganis served on the board of Marvel Entertainment for 10 years until its sale to Disney.

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Stacy Burstin (2013) — Founder and President, Eevolver Inc.
With a successful track record of over twenty-years in the VFX and animation industries, Ms. Burstin has produced and managed creative teams and productions resulting in numerous awards that span over two decades. As the President of Eevolver, Mr. Burstin develops properties for all media and has... » more

With a successful track record of over twenty-years in the VFX and animation industries, Ms. Burstin has produced and managed creative teams and productions resulting in numerous awards that span over two decades.

As the President of Eevolver, Mr. Burstin develops properties for all media and has integrated new pipelines to distribute content.  Eevolver is a serves as both a creative consulting company for feature film, advertising and special venue films as well as an international co-production company.

Prior to spinning of her division from Rhythm & Hues Studios to Eevolver, Stacy was the Executive Producer at the Academy Award winning animation and Visual Effects studio, in El Segundo.  Stacy founded the Design Division in 1998. Since it’s inception, she has generated new areas of revenue and expanded R&H into emerging markets for content development.

During her tenure at R&H, Ms. Burstin produced and managed the senior creative staff and directors who were helping to develop and oversee the aesthetic continuity for the studio’s feature films, commercials and new media productions.  Rhythm & Hues Studios is one of the world's leading producers of quality character animation and visual effects for the entertainment industry, winning awards such as; two Academy Awards for Achievement in Visual Effects, in 2013 for, “Life of Pi”, 2008 for “The Golden Compass and Babe,” BAFTA award for Special Visual Effects, three Scientific and Technical Academy Awards, and over 50 Clio’s.

Stacy has also served as a strategic consultant for an array of companies from
venture-backed high tech start-ups to fund raising institutions.   Stacy has also
consulted with a number of entertainment companies and product, sample clients include; Blockade Entertainment: A production company using game engines and assets to create television shows and films. Projects include; Lego Star wars, Heavenly Sword, Little Angel, Hollywood Film Awards, Lucie Awards, Handgear.com, Anet.net and Focus on Aids.
 

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Stan Szymanski (2012) — Owner/Resource Strategist, StanleyVision, Inc.
Stan is an experienced digital media production executive with a 30 year career in artist management, talent development, recruiting, facility management and resource strategy. As SVP of Creative Resources for Sony Pictures Imageworks and Head of Digital Operations for Digital Domain / Florida, he... » more

Stan is an experienced digital media production executive with a 30 year career in artist management, talent development, recruiting, facility management and resource strategy. As SVP of Creative Resources for Sony Pictures Imageworks and Head of Digital Operations for Digital Domain / Florida, he recruited and managed the careers of hundreds of creative and technical artists. Stan founded StanleyVision, Inc. in 2009, a consulting, recruiting, career mentoring and resource management firm for today's global production environment.

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Stephan Trojansky (2011) — VFX Supervisor / Co-Founder of Scanline VFX
Stephan Trojansky is a VFX Supervisor and Co-Founder of Scanline VFX, with studios in Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Munich.  His feature film credits include “Super 8”, “Hereafter”, “2012”, “Narnia: Prince Caspian”, “Ironman”, “300”, and many more.  Stephan is also leading the research and... » more

Stephan Trojansky is a VFX Supervisor and Co-Founder of Scanline VFX, with studios in Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Munich.  His feature film credits include “Super 8”, “Hereafter”, “2012”, “Narnia: Prince Caspian”, “Ironman”, “300”, and many more.  Stephan is also leading the research and development of Scanline's proprietary fluid simulation system "Flowline", for which he and his development team received a 2007 Scientific and Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Stephan was recently nominated for a 2011 Academy of Motion Pictures Award for “Best Visual Effects” on his work on Clint Eastowood’s “Hereafter.”   His work on “Hereafter” was also a winner at the 9th Annual VES Awards for “Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects”. 

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Stephanie Allen (2012) — Senior Vice President, Visual Effects, Paramount Pictures
Stephanie Allen was named Senior Vice President of Visual Effects for Paramount Pictures in April 2012, having previously served as Vice President of the department since 2009. She is responsible for managing and delivering all aspects of visual effects for all titles under the Paramount Pictures,... » more

Stephanie Allen was named Senior Vice President of Visual Effects for Paramount Pictures in April 2012, having previously served as Vice President of the department since 2009. She is responsible for managing and delivering all aspects of visual effects for all titles under the Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage and Insurge Pictures banners. She previously served as Vice President of the department since 2009.

As Vice President, Allen worked on the “TRANSFORMERS” franchise, overseeing the visual effects on the series’ third installment, “TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON,” which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Achievement in Visual Effects. Additionally, she handled the visual effects on “SUPER 8” from director J.J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg; and Jason Reitman’s Academy Award-nominated “UP IN THE AIR.”

Allen is currently at work on the visual effects-heavy films “G.I. JOE: RETALIATION;” Darren Aronofsky’s “NOAH,” starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly; and “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS,” which reteams director J.J. Abrams with the cast from the 2009 “STAR TREK” film. Also upcoming for Allen is “FLIGHT,” directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Denzel Washington; and “JACK REACHER,” directed by Christopher McQuarrie and starring Tom Cruise.

Prior to Paramount, Allen was a Visual Effects Producer on “MEET DAVE,” starring Eddie Murphy for Twentieth Century Fox; director Catherine Hardwicke’s “THE NATIVITY STORY” for New Line Cinema; and “THE VISITING” for Warner Bros. Studios.

Before that, she worked at Warner Bros. Feature Animation, serving as a Visual Effects Producer on such titles as “FAT ALBERT” and “SCOOBY DOO TOO,” and as a Visual Effects Production Manager on “LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION.”

A native of Canada, Allen graduated with honors from Humber College of Applied Arts & Technology in Toronto.

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Stephanie Ito (2012) — Executive Vice President, Post Production, Paramount Pictures
As Executive Vice President of Post Production at Paramount Pictures since January 2011, Stephanie Ito oversees all aspects of the department, from budgeting to the delivery of the final print, for all theatrical releases from Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Insurge Pictures and Paramount... » more

As Executive Vice President of Post Production at Paramount Pictures since January 2011, Stephanie Ito oversees all aspects of the department, from budgeting to the delivery of the final print, for all theatrical releases from Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Insurge Pictures and Paramount Animation.  She joined Paramount’s post production department as Senior Vice President in 2005.

Most notably, Ito oversaw post on the hit films “TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON,” Michael Bay’s first film in stereo, for which they developed a hybrid 3D post process to achieve the incredible experience he was after; J.J. Abrams’ “STAR TREK,” which was nominated for Academy Awards in both Sound Editing and Sound Mixing; “SUPER 8,” directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg; and “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL,” the latest installment in the Tom Cruise action franchise. 

Ito has recently completed post on “FLIGHT,” Robert Zemeckis’ return to live-action filmmaking, starring Denzel Washington; and Christopher McQuarrie’s action-thriller “JACK REACHER,” starring Tom Cruise.   She is currently at work on Michael Bay’s “PAIN AND GAIN” and “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS,” among others.

Prior to joining Paramount, Ito served as a Post Production Supervisor at DreamWorks, where she worked on the following titles from legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg: “WAR OF THE WORLDS,” “MUNICH” and “INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL.”  Before that, Ito worked as a Digital Intermediate Producer at Technicolor Digital Intermediates and in Post at National Geographic Television, Specials. 

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Stephen Nakamura (2011) — Feature Colorist, Company 3
Stephen Nakamura is among the most accomplished DI colorists in the country. One of a handful of artists who helped to pioneer DI color grading, Nakamura has worked alongside such directors and directors of photography as Martin Scorsese and Michael Ballhaus (“The Departed”). He graded the multiple... » more

Stephen Nakamura is among the most accomplished DI colorists in the country. One of a handful of artists who helped to pioneer DI color grading, Nakamura has worked alongside such directors and directors of photography as Martin Scorsese and Michael Ballhaus (“The Departed”). He graded the multiple Oscar-winning drama, “The Hurt Locker,” the sweeping epic “Robin Hood,” and the  powerful and influential documentary, “Waiting for Superman.”  He also performed final grading for Scorsese’s “The Aviator,” for which Robert Richardson won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography.

Prior to Company 3, Nakamura was with Technicolor Digital Services, where got his start in DI. Previously he was a colorist with Post Group, working on commercial, music video, television and feature film projects. He began his career at California Video Center.

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Steve Beres (2009) — Director of Engineering for nextLAB, a division of FotoKem, Inc.
Stephen Beres is the Director of Engineering for nextLAB a division of FotoKem Inc. As one of Hollywood's most prestigious film laboratories FotoKem has worked on thousands of films over the past 46 years. NextLAB is a division dedicated to pioneering file based workflows and empowering filmmakers... » more

Stephen Beres is the Director of Engineering for nextLAB a division of FotoKem Inc. As one of Hollywood's most prestigious film laboratories FotoKem has worked on thousands of films over the past 46 years. NextLAB is a division dedicated to pioneering file based workflows and empowering filmmakers with the tools they need to produce exceptional work in the digital cinema age. Steve's lab is helping to integrate new technologies and processes into the vast array of services already offered by FotoKem and it's subsidiaries Burbank's Keep Me Posted and San Francisco's Spy Post.

Previously, Steve served as Chef Technical Officer for PlasterCITY Digital Post (PCDP) of Hollywood, California. PCDP was an acknowledged leader and innovator in post-production processes for feature films, commercials, music videos, and non-fiction programming. As system architect for PCDP’s nonlinear editing facility-designed around Apple Final Cut Pro and central storage-Steve was a key player in developing the industry’s first 4Gb SAN solution, based on Apple Xsan technology.  Steve also earned distinction on television and film projects for Sony Pictures Classics, Mandalay Entertainment, Canada's YTV, Fox Sports, Comedy Central, The WB and many others. Before joining PlasterCITY, he worked with Apple Computer as a Final Cut Pro Trainer and Video Systems Engineer. Steve’s insights and experience have made him a popular guest speaker at The National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB), MacWorld and SMPTE, as well as an instructor and curriculum developer for Panasonic & HD Expo.
 

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Steve Gaydos (2010) — Executive Editor, Variety
Steve Pugh (2012) — Executive Producer, Pixomondo
Pugh came to Pixomondo from Eden FX where he spent 10 years as a Visual Effects Producer. He oversaw work on a number of prominent television series including “Lost”, “Fringe:, ”Pushing Daisies”, “Community”, “Person of Interest” and “Pan Am”. He also worked on several feature films including “... » more

Pugh came to Pixomondo from Eden FX where he spent 10 years as a Visual Effects Producer. He oversaw work on a number of prominent television series including “Lost”, “Fringe:, ”Pushing Daisies”, “Community”, “Person of Interest” and “Pan Am”. He also worked on several feature films including “Hellboy” and “Shoot 'Em Up”.

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Steve Scott (2009) — Vice President / Creative Director, EFILM
Steve began his career in the entertainment industry when he sang and danced with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire in Bing’s 1975 Christmas special on CBS. He’s had the showbiz bug ever since. During his performing career, Steve also studied painting, eventually taking up illustration full time.  In... » more

Steve began his career in the entertainment industry when he sang and danced with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire in Bing’s 1975 Christmas special on CBS. He’s had the showbiz bug ever since.

During his performing career, Steve also studied painting, eventually taking up illustration full time.  In 1991, he entered the then new field of digital effects in an effort to combine his love of movies, TV & painting, starting as a compositor for ‘Star Trek: TNG’.
Steve is a former Governor of the Television Academy for the Special Visual Effects Peer Group. He is also a member of the Visual Effects Society, and the American Society of Cinematographers (Associate). He lives & works in Hollywood as a EFILM’s VP / Creative Director & Supervising Digital Colorist.
has won an Emmy for his effects work, and has received 3 HPA nominations, which he won twice for his DI work, and is currently nominated for his work on ‘Julie & Julia’ this year.
Digital Intermediate credits include: Ironman, Julie & Julia, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Burn after Reading, Wanted, Sex & the City, Children of Men, The Illusionist, Hairspray, Night at the Museum 2, Finding Neverland, Jarhead, Lemony Snicket, The Wedding Crashers, Van Helsing, The Village, Peter Pan, Intolerable Cruelty, The Ladykillers, The Cat in the Hat, Blue Crush, Angels in America, and The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.

Television credits include: Angels in America, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Trek (TNG & DS9), The X-Files, The Simpsons, Third Rock from the Sun, Roseanne, MacGyver, Home Improvement, Northern Exposure and That 70s Show.

Compositing credits include: Titanic, Apollo 13, True Lies, Interview with a Vampire, Independence Day, numerous commercials and music videos.
 

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Steven Poster, ASC (2009) — Director of Photography, President – International Cinematographers Guild
Steven Poster ASC has been fascinated with the art and science of capturing images since the age of ten.  Beginning with still photography, Poster knew he wanted to make movies by the time he was fourteen. Poster launched his cinematography career in hometown Chicago at twenty-one, filming... » more

Steven Poster ASC has been fascinated with the art and science of capturing images since the age of ten.  Beginning with still photography, Poster knew he wanted to make movies by the time he was fourteen.

Poster launched his cinematography career in hometown Chicago at twenty-one, filming television commercials, cinema verite documentaries and industrial films.  He soon moved on to feature films, working as Second Unit Director of Photography on Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Blade Runner.  As Director of Photography, Poster has filmed a wide variety of motion pictures, including the Emmy-nominated Mrs. Harris, Stuart Little 2, Daddy Day Care, Rocky V, The Cemetery Club, Life Stinks, Opportunity Knocks, Next of Kin, Big Top Pee-wee and Testament.  He received an ASC nomination for Best Cinematography for Ridley Scott’s Someone To Watch Over Me and has the distinction of being the only American cinematographer to shoot a French language film in France, Une Chance sur Deux, for director Patrice Leconte

In early 2008, Poster completed filming The Box, written and directed by Richard Kelly and starring Cameron Diaz, Frank Langella and James Marsden.  This is his third film with the young, innovative director; their collaboration started with cult-favorite Donnie Darko and continued with Southland Tales, which was chosen for full competition at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. He also filmed Spread, in 2008, which had a world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie was directed by David Mackenzie and starred Ashton Kucher. Poster finished 2008 filming Cats And Dogs for Warner Bros.

In addition to his work on numerous television pilots, Poster filmed the critically acclaimed television movies Roswell, The Color of Justice and Courage, as well as the controversial, award-winning Madonna video Like A Prayer.  

Poster is President of the International Cinematographers Guild, a six thousand-member trade union representing camera workers and film publicists across the United States. He was formerly a member of the Executive Board of the International Documentary Association, and is currently on the committee of the Nicholl Fellowship of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 

During his tenure as President of the American Society of Cinematographers, Poster was responsible for re-forming its Technology committee, and continues to act as its co-chair.  This committee is at the forefront in standard-setting recommendations for the paradigm-changing use of digital tools for cinematography, and the post-production control of images.

Poster’s involvement in digital technology for the motion picture industry dates back to 1990, when he was asked to experiment with one of the first High Definition television systems for NHK Television in Japan.  He has since become an internationally known spokesman in the industry for the transition to digital imaging.

A native of Chicago, Poster began his college education at Southern Illinois University as a member of a special program conceived by Buckminster Fuller; the master of problem-solving through deductive reasoning. Transferring to the Los Angeles Art Center College of Design, Poster learned how to ‘see light’ and was taught a true professional discipline.  Returning to Chicago, he graduated from the Institute of Design of the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he was greatly influenced by the philosophy of Bauhaus design – that form should fit function.  
 

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Ted Gagliano (2011) — President Feature Post Production, Twentieth Century Fox Studios
Ted Gagliano has been at Twentieth Century Fox since 1991 and was named president of feature post-production in 2001. At Fox, his responsibilities include oversight of the completion of over 30 films per year from the five film divisions. Ted is most proud to have worked with so many great... » more

Ted Gagliano has been at Twentieth Century Fox since 1991 and was named president of feature post-production in 2001. At Fox, his responsibilities include oversight of the completion of over 30 films per year from the five film divisions.

Ted is most proud to have worked with so many great filmmakers over the years. During the course of his career, he has overseen post production on such diverse films as Independence Day, Titanic, Moulin Rouge, Master & Commander, Walk the Line, and both the X-Men and Ice Age franchises. He has a particular fondness for his role in supervising the film restoration for the special edition of the original Star Wars trilogy. Recently, Ted oversaw the complex post production of the groundbreaking film Avatar. More than 100 different delivery versions – an unprecedented number – were created for the December 18th day-and-date release in 102 countries.

Ted, a comparative literature graduate of Princeton University, began his professional career in 1982 at Paramount Pictures, New York, where he was the 3D technical coordinator for the Friday 13th Part III. In 1985 he moved to Los Angeles, where he was named manager of film library services. In 1986, he moved over to the feature and television post-production department.

In addition to his post production pursuits, Ted contributes to the Cambodia Children’s Fund, Project Angel Food, participates in maintaining the Redwood Monastery in Mendocino, and is an avid researcher/ investor in new medical technologies.  Most importantly though, Ted spends his spare time with his boys Wilbur and Biscuit!
 

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Terry Clotiaux (2009) — Senior Vice President / COO, Visual Effects Worldwide for Prime Focus Group, and Senior Executive Producer for North America
A native of Nederland, Texas.  From family of six children.  Father deceased; welder and eventually a manager of oil pipe line facility.  Mother living; retired homemaker, sales and teaching assistant. Graduated B.A. Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas.  Theater major.  Graduate work at the... » more

A native of Nederland, Texas.  From family of six children.  Father deceased; welder and eventually a manager of oil pipe line facility.  Mother living; retired homemaker, sales and teaching assistant.

Graduated B.A. Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas.  Theater major.  Graduate work at the Dallas Theater Center.

Early production experience in commercial production and a sales marketing program designed to provide TV commercial production kits to client’s local dealers and distributors.

Moved to Los Angeles in 1976, working the next ten years primarily with Robert Guenette Productions, a TV production company specializing in after school specials, MOW’s, network specials and documentaries that became the early versions of “reality television”.  Producer and Production Executive credits with Guenette include:
“Indiana Jones: Heroes and Sidekicks”, “SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back”, “Revenge of the Jedi: Classic Creatures”.

Left Guenette to work with Doug Trumball at Showscan Company, a special process medium applied mainly to special venue outlets.  Was a part of the producing team on three shorts for Showscan, working with legendary film directors Ronald Neame, Richard Fleischer and cinematographer Jack Cardiff.

Moved from Showscan to its VFX facility, The Chandler Group in 1989, worked there for six years, becoming its Executive Producer.  Credits at Chandler include:  “The Shadow”, Batman Returns”, “Cabin Boy”, Batman Forever”,  “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid”, Nightmare on Elm Street VI”, Muppet Vision 3-D” and numerous commercials and trailer projects.

Moved into VFX at that auspicious moment when work was going digital and effects were becoming larger and bigger parts of feature budgets.  Left Chandler to take on VFX Producer job on “Independence Day” which won the 1997 Academy Award for Outstanding VFX.

In addition to various participations in “Volcano”, “Devil’s Advocate” and “Nutty Professor II”, VFX Producer credits since ID4 are Roland Emmerich’s “Godzilla”, Henry Sellick’s “Monkeybone”, the Wachowski Brothers’ “Matrix Reloaded’, “Matrix Revolution”, and Oliver Stone’s “Alexander”.

Joined the Sony ImageWorks team as Senior VFX Producer for Sam Rami’s “Spiderman III”.   Just completed a year as Executive Producer for Digital Domain.

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Thad Beier (2009) — Head of CG, Digital Domain
Thad oversees production technology and long-term facility planning at Digital Domain.  A twenty-five year veteran of the visual effects industry, he is credited on more than thirty feature film and television productions. In 1995 Thad co-founded Hammerhead Productions where he spent fourteen years... » more

Thad oversees production technology and long-term facility planning at Digital Domain.  A twenty-five year veteran of the visual effects industry, he is credited on more than thirty feature film and television productions. In 1995 Thad co-founded Hammerhead Productions where he spent fourteen years developing the company’s visual effects production toolkit and supervising visual effects on more than a dozen features including all four Fast & Furious movies. Prior to that Thad was an Animator and R&D Manager at Pacific Data Images and a software developer at Silicon Graphics. He has consulted for studios including Universal, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Cinesite and Sony Pictures Imageworks. In 1999 he received a Scientific and Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS). Thad started his career as an Animator at the New York Institute of Technology working on the development of early digital effects systems. He holds a BA degree in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University, and is a member of the AMPAS Science &Technology and Visual Effects Steering Committees.  

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Thilo Kuther (2011) — CEO & Managing Director, Pixomondo
Thilo Kuther is CEO and managing director of Pixomondo, an international visual effects company. In addition to overseeing operations and technology he is continually exploring new opportunities in the world of international production. Under Kuther’s guidance and creative vision, Pixomondo has... » more

Thilo Kuther is CEO and managing director of Pixomondo, an international visual effects company. In addition to overseeing operations and technology he is continually exploring new opportunities in the world of international production. Under Kuther’s guidance and creative vision, Pixomondo has expanded from a single Frankfurt studio in 2001 into a global network of 11 facilities in five countries on three continents, all of which are self-sustaining studios. Pixomondo is distinguished by its unique, 24-hour production capabilities based on an efficient collaborative workflow spanning datelines and time zones. The company has created visual effects for more than 30 feature films including Hugo Cabret, Red Tails, Super 8, 2012, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Ninja Assassin, and Sucker Punch, and spots for top brands including the NHL, Mercedes, Motorola, Luftansa, Target, Glade and Visa, among others.

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Thomas A. Walsh (2012) — Production Designer & President, Art Directors Guild (Local 800)
Production Designer Thomas A. Walsh has been serving as President of the Art Directors Guild since January 1, 2003. The union was then also known as IATSE, Local 876. He succeeded Jack De Govia, who served from 1999 through 2002.  Walsh previously was a member of the Guild’s Executive Board and Co-... » more

Production Designer Thomas A. Walsh has been serving as President of the Art Directors Guild since January 1, 2003. The union was then also known as IATSE, Local 876. He succeeded Jack De Govia, who served from 1999 through 2002.  Walsh previously was a member of the Guild’s Executive Board and Co-Chairman of its Film Society.  In September of 2003, following a merger with Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists (IATSE Local 816), Walsh was elected President of the newly re-named Art Directors Guild & Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists as well as Chair of the Art Directors Guild Council.  The merged unions became IATSE Local 800. In 2008, IATSE Locals 790 and 847, representing Set Designers, Model Makers, Illustrators and Matte Artists, merged into the Guild.  In December 2009, the membership voted to change the name of the Guild to Art Director’s Guild. The total ADG membership now numbers 1,800.

Walsh was born in Los Angeles in 1955 to a show-business family.  His father, Arthur Walsh, appeared in many musicals, comedies, dramas and shorts while under contract to MGM Studios.  Later his father was a successful nightclub comedian on the Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Reno circuit.

Walsh’s interest in narrative design developed at Hollywood High School, where he designed and staged plays and musicals.  He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Design from California Institute of the Arts.

He has designed for feature films, Imax/Omnimax, television movies and series, documentaries, Broadway dramas and musicals, and regional theatre.

Walsh is the winner of a Primetime Emmy for Art Direction and an ADG Award nomination for Buddy Faro (1998).  He is also winner of the 2004 ADG Excellence in Production Design Award for a Single Camera Series for the hit ABC-TV show, Desperate Housewives.

His work on In Search of Dr. Seuss (1993) garnered another Emmy nomination as well as a Cable Ace Award.  Walsh also did production design work on MGM: When the Lion Roars (1992), which won an Emmy for Best Informational Special.

Walsh is a leader in designing for Imax and one of his projects, The Living Sea (1995), received a Documentary Academy Award nomination. He designed the Tony Award winning Best Production of 1980 (Children of A Lesser God) and was associated with three other Tony Award wins for Best Production from his work as an associate designer with famed Production Designer Tony Walton (I’m Not Rappaport, 1986; The Real Thing, 1984; My One and Only, 1984).

In addition, Walsh was nominated for a second Cable Ace Award for Kingfish, A Story of Huey P. Long (1994). He most recently was the production designer on ABC-TV’s hit series, Desperate Housewives for four seasons. Walsh is Co-Chairman of the Art Directors Guild Film Society and has been a member of United Scenic Artists in New York for 28 years.

Walsh is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Center For Film & TV Design, a non-profit organization of prominent motion picture and television production designers, illustrators, set designers, costume designers, library professionals, business executives and other industry creative artists. The Center’s mission is to preserve outstanding design achievements and advance understanding of design through publications, activities, exhibitions and special events; support scholarly research; rescue endangered film and television design history; and explore new design technologies.

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Tim Sarnoff (2013) — President of Technicolor Digital Productions
Tim Sarnoff is President of Technicolor Digital Productions. He is In charge of Visual Effects, Animation and Games for Technicolor worldwide. Technicolor's digital production facilities are located in Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, Montreal, London, Beijing, and Bangalore. Technicolor’s... » more

Tim Sarnoff is President of Technicolor Digital Productions. He is In charge of Visual Effects, Animation and Games for Technicolor worldwide. Technicolor's digital production facilities are located in Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, Montreal, London, Beijing, and Bangalore.

Technicolor’s internationally‐renowned creative post house, MPC (The Moving Picture Company), offers visual effects and post production to the advertising, feature film, music, broadcast and digital industries. Services range from color correction to 2D compositing and 3D animation. MPC helps directors realize their vision in the most efficient way thanks to its strong R&D department. Some of the feature films completed are Prince of Persia, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Robin Hood, Clash of the Titans, Narnia: The Voyage of Dawn Treader, all of the Harry Potter films, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Prometheus, Life of Pi (2013 Visual Effects Academy Award®), World War Z, and Man of Steel.

From 1997 to 2009, Tim was President of Sony Pictures Imageworks, an Academy Award® winning, innovative digital production studio dedicated to the art and artistry of visual effects and character creation. As president of Imageworks, Tim was responsible for the direction and management of the facility, which has been recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with Oscars® for its work on SPIDER‐MANTM 2 and the CG animated short film THE CHUBBCHUBBS!, as well as 10 additional nominations.

Prior to his affiliation with Imageworks, Tim created and was Senior Vice President of Warner Digital Studios, which was established as a division of Warner Bros. in 1995. Tim originally joined Warner Bros. in 1989 to set up Steven Spielberg's animated series "Tiny Toon Adventures."

Tim is a graduate of Stanford University with Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees in Psychology and in Communications (Journalism).

 

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Tom Wujec (2011) — Autodesk Fellow
Tom Wujec is a Fellow at Autodesk, the world's leader in 2D & 3D design software. As a recognized thought-leader and award-winning innovator, Tom works with the Fortune 500 to foster innovation practices at all stages, from strategic and business planning to the design and implementation of... » more

Tom Wujec is a Fellow at Autodesk, the world's leader in 2D & 3D design software. As a recognized thought-leader and award-winning innovator, Tom works with the Fortune 500 to foster innovation practices at all stages, from strategic and business planning to the design and implementation of advanced digital design tools. He has brought several software applications to market, including Autodesk SketchBook Pro, PortfolioWall, and Maya which won an Academy Award for its contribution to the film industry.

Tom is a pioneer in business visualization, the emerging practice of using images, sketches and data-driven infographics to help teams solve complex problems. Tom's work has been featured in many international conferences, such as TED, Pop!Tech and the Fortune Innovation Summit

Tom is also the author of three books on creative thinking and is a highly sought after international speaker, and delivers visually rich innovation keynotes, workshops and knowledge maps. Tom has worked as a creative director, writer and animator, has designed dozens of museum exhibits, and lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.

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Tony Clark, ACS (2010) — Co-Founder / Director, Rising Sun Pictures
Tony Clark is an Emmy Award winning Cinematographer, co-founder and Director of Rising Sun Pictures [RSP].  He has several film credits as a Cinematographer and Visual Effects Supervisor for RSP on US blockbusters including Green Lantern, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Red Planet, Queen of the Damned,... » more

Tony Clark is an Emmy Award winning Cinematographer, co-founder and Director of Rising Sun Pictures [RSP].  He has several film credits as a Cinematographer and Visual Effects Supervisor for RSP on US blockbusters including Green Lantern, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Red Planet, Queen of the Damned, The Core and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

The combination of Tony's skills as a DOP and his deep understanding of digital film became the foundation for the technology spin off company Rising Sun Research, which was founded in 1998 and currently supplies the remote collaboration tool cineSync to film productions     around the world.

Tony was the driving force behind Cinenet, an initiative to bring affordable broadband to the creative industries in Australia, which is now the premier broadband network for screen media in Australia and is driven by the desire to find ways to help people utilise technology to create better outcomes in film production.

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Tony Wible, CFA (2011) — Director of Media & Entertainment, Janney Montgomery Scott
Tony Wible joined Janney Montgomery Scott in 2008 as a Director covering the Media and Entertainment sector after spending the previous 10 years at Citigroup Investment Research—most recently covering the Broadcasting and Entertainment Services industries.  While at Citigroup he also covered... » more

Tony Wible joined Janney Montgomery Scott in 2008 as a Director covering the Media and Entertainment sector after spending the previous 10 years at Citigroup Investment Research—most recently covering the Broadcasting and Entertainment Services industries.  While at Citigroup he also covered various names of the broader Computer Services industries and was a six time contributing member of the II ranked Computer Services team.  Prior to joining Citigroup, Mr. Wible worked at AT&T managing international software implementations and supporting the Chief Financial Office.  He is a contributing member of the NYSE research examination committee and was named a Top 10 stock picker by Forbes magazine in 2004.  Mr. Wible has been recognized by StarMine and continues to be a top ranked analyst on many of his names.  He has also been a frequent contributor to Reuters, Bloomberg, The Hollywood Reporter, Investor’s Business Daily, the Associated Press, CNBC, and other media outlets.  Mr. Wible graduated with high honors from York College with a degree in Economics and Finance and is a CFA charter holder.

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Uday Kumar (2011) — Vice President US Operations Reliance Media Works
Uday Kumar is in charge for the US operations of Reliance Media works as Business Head - North America. His experience includes senior management roles in all segments of the media and entertainment business. He has been responsible for establishing the Big Cinemas theatre chain in the United... » more

Uday Kumar is in charge for the US operations of Reliance Media works as Business Head - North America. His experience includes senior management roles in all segments of the media and entertainment business. He has been responsible for establishing the Big Cinemas theatre chain in the United States and the film distribution business to service the demand for South Asian movies in North America. Currently his focus is to expand Reliance Mediaworks' service offerings in image processing globally and to establish a VFX and Media Services business built upon the collaboration between India and US based operations.

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Victoria Alonso (2009) — Executive Vice President of Visual Effects & Post Production - Marvel Studios
An accomplished producer, Ms. Alonso's career began at the nascency of the visual effects industry when she served as a commercial producer at the fledgling Digital Domain. Since then, she has VFX produced numerous films, working with such directors as David Fincher, Roger Spottiswoode (The 6th Day... » more

An accomplished producer, Ms. Alonso's career began at the nascency of the visual effects industry when she served as a commercial producer at the fledgling Digital Domain. Since then, she has VFX produced numerous films, working with such directors as David Fincher, Roger Spottiswoode (The 6th Day), Andrew Adamson (Shrek), Jon Amiel (The Core), Tim Burton (Big Fish) and Ridley Scott (Kingdom of Heaven). She served as Co-Producer on both Iron Man and Iron Man 2 with director Jon Favreau, and is currently co-producing Thor for director Kenneth Brannagh.

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Vincent Brisebois (2012) — Fusion-io Director of Visual Computing
As Fusion-io Director of Visual Computing, Vincent Brisebois works closely with entertainment production studios on implementing solutions that facilitate new levels of creativity, productivity and worldwide collaboration. Vincent has designed technology solutions for 2D and 3D production in the... » more

As Fusion-io Director of Visual Computing, Vincent Brisebois works closely with entertainment production studios on implementing solutions that facilitate new levels of creativity, productivity and worldwide collaboration. Vincent has designed technology solutions for 2D and 3D production in the visual effects, video game and design industries for over 15 years. Before joining Fusion-io, Vincent spent 11 years at AutodeskMedia & Entertainment, working with leading Hollywood studios both as aProduct Specialist for 3dsmax and as Product Designer on Autodesk’s desktop compositing tool, Toxik (now Composite).  At Autodesk, Vincent was a key member of the stereoscopic advisory board, where he helped to establishinnovative S3D conversion pipelines with major studio clients. In addition working as a VFX supervisor and artist with four-time Academy Award nomineeDavid Lynch, Vincent is a member of the Visual Effects Society (VES) Technology Council and has been a member of the VES since its founding year. 

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Volker Engel (2009) — Producer and Visual Effects Supervisor, President of Uncharted Territory, LLC
Volker Engel is an Oscar and Emmy Award winning Visual Effects Supervisor. He also produced or co-produced several films and mini series’. He is Co-Producer and Visual Effects Supervisor (with his long-time business partner Marc Weigert) of the 2009 Columbia Pictures production 2012, directed by... » more

Volker Engel is an Oscar and Emmy Award winning Visual Effects Supervisor. He also produced or co-produced several films and mini series’.

He is Co-Producer and Visual Effects Supervisor (with his long-time business partner Marc Weigert) of the 2009 Columbia Pictures production 2012, directed by Roland Emmerich.

After obtaining a Master’s Degree in Graphic Design at Germany’s acclaimed Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart, he started his film career in Germany in 1988 as Visual Effects Supervisor for Emmerich’s “Moon 44”.

Emmerich hired him again in 1995 to supervise the visual effects for the blockbuster movie Independence Day. Volker’s work earned him an Oscar  for Best Visual Effects in 1996. He then went on to lead a team of 500 artists for Emmerich’s production of Godzilla.

In 1999, he co-founded the production company Uncharted Territory, LLC www.uncharted-territory.com  in Los Angeles with Marc Weigert to develope and produce feature films. The first of these independent projects was an adventure movie titled Coronado that was released in over 40 countries in 2003.

In 2004 Uncharted Territory co-produced the four-hour mini series Dark Kingdom – The Dragon King (starring Max von Sydow) that aired on the SciFi Channel.

In 2005 they were producers for the $20 Million six-hour mini series The Triangle (starring Sam Neill and Eric Stoltz) together with Bryan Singer and Dean Devlin for the SciFi Channel. It was aired in December 2005 and broke ratings records for the network. They were honored with an Emmy award for “best visual effects in a mini series” by the Television Academy.

In 1998 Volker received the highest honor for a citizen of his home country, the Order of Merit.   He was awarded this medal in Berlin from German President Roman Herzog.

Several years ago he has been given the title of Professor by the Senate of his home state Bremen. He teaches Film and Media Production whenever his schedule allows.

He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the British Academy for Film and Television Arts and the European Film Academy. He also has served for three terms as a member of the board of directors of the Visual Effects Society.

Volker lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Wally Pfister, ASC (2010) — Cinematographer / Director
Wally Pfister began his career as a television news cameraman in Washington, DC covering Capitol Hill, the White House and local news. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 1980's while working as a camera operator for Robert Altman to further a career in feature filmmaking. After attending AFI's... » more

Wally Pfister began his career as a television news cameraman in Washington, DC covering Capitol Hill, the White House and local news. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 1980's while working as a camera operator for Robert Altman to further a career in feature filmmaking. After attending AFI's Cinematography program, he quickly moved forward and became one of the top camera operators in Hollywood. Pfister's ascent as a Director of Photography began when he shot Christopher Nolan's "Memento" in 1999. That work earned him a Spirit award nomination for Cinematography. Since then, he has joined the ranks of the top Hollywood Cinematographers, earning 3 academy award nominations for his work. The first came for 2005’s “Batman Begins,” The following year, he was Oscar-nominated for his cinematography work on “The
Prestige,” and in 2009, for Christopher Nolan’s

Select Filmography:
The Hi-Line 1999
Memento 2000
Insomnia 2001
Laurel Canyon 2002
The Italian Job 2003
Batman Begins 2005 *Nominated for Academy Award
The Prestige 2006 *Nominated for Academy Award
The Dark Knight 2008 *Nominated for Academy Award
Inception 2010

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Warren Franklin (2010,2011) — CEO, Rainmaker Entertainment, Vice Chair, DigiBC
Warren Franklin, CEO of Rainmaker Entertainment, oversees one of North America's leading digital animation production companies.  Since joining Rainmaker in 2005, Mr. Franklin has re-focused the company to take advantage of the dynamic CG animation industry by acquiring Mainframe Entertainment in... » more

Warren Franklin, CEO of Rainmaker Entertainment, oversees one of North America's leading digital animation production companies.  Since joining Rainmaker in 2005, Mr. Franklin has re-focused the company to take advantage of the dynamic CG animation industry by acquiring Mainframe Entertainment in 2006, and in early 2008, selling its visual effects and post businesses to industry giant Deluxe Entertainment Services Group. 

In charge of setting the vision for the creative, technological and strategic goals of Rainmaker Entertainment, Mr. Franklin is creating one of the leading CG animation companies in the world.  Currently the company is in production on its first theatrical animated feature, Escape From Planet Earth with The Weinstein Company, and has over 300 employees. In addition Rainmaker is in the process of developing a slate of family-oriented feature films in a variety of genres.

Mr. Franklin has over twenty years experience in managing studio operations and digital production including such industry leaders as Lucasfilm Ltd. and Colossal Pictures. He was a key member of George Lucas’ creative and management team for more than a decade where as part of the three person executive committee of Lucasfilm  he managed the Entertainment Group’s six divisions, including Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), LucasArts Games and Skywalker Sound.

As the head of ILM for five years, Mr. Franklin spearheaded its growth and dominance as the industry’s premier visual effects company, which won five Academy Awards during his tenure.  He founded the ILM computer graphics department that created the ground-breaking digital effects for The Abyss, Terminator 2, and Jurassic Park.  As ILM’s production supervisor/production coordinator, Franklin supervised the production of visual effects for over 25 feature films, including The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Return of the Jedi and Back to the Future.

Mr. Franklin also served as the Chief Operating Officer of Colossal Pictures in San Francisco.  He oversaw the development of Moxy, the first real-time digital character for the Cartoon Network; and two highly acclaimed animated series created for MTV, Liquid Television and Aeon Flux.

Raised in Berkeley, California, Mr. Franklin studied film at San Francisco State University and completed the Executive Program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 1987.  He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), a board member of the Visual Effects Society (VES) and Vice Chairman of the board of DigiBC, the digital media & wireless association of British Columbia.
 

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William Sargent (2010) — Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Framestore
Chief Executive and Co-founder of Framestore, March 1986. The company has created digital images (visual effects, animation and filmgrading) for major Hollywood studios, UK and US broadcasters and international advertising agencies.  The company has won most major creative awards internationally... » more

Chief Executive and Co-founder of Framestore, March 1986.

The company has created digital images (visual effects, animation and filmgrading) for major Hollywood studios, UK and US broadcasters and international advertising agencies.  The company has won most major creative awards internationally including the Academy Award (Oscar), British Academy (Bafta), US Television Academy (Primetime Emmy), Royal Television Society and many more. Today the company employs over 600 staff (artists, computer scientists, producers and mathematicians) in offices in Soho London, SoHo New York and Reykjavik.

William is a Fellow, Royal Society for the Arts, a non executive Board director of HM Treasury, and was knighted in the Queen’s 2008 Birthday List.

 

For company credits see, www.framestore.com

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Seth Rosenthal (2010) — President, Tweak Software
Seth Rosenthal is a Co-Founder and the President of Tweak Software the maker of RV, the next-generation the next generation image and sequence viewer for VFX and animation artists. Tweak Software was founded to commercialize software developed at Tweak Films, a boutique VFX production company... » more

Seth Rosenthal is a Co-Founder and the President of Tweak Software the maker of RV, the next-generation the next generation image and sequence viewer for VFX and animation artists. Tweak Software was founded to commercialize software developed at Tweak Films, a boutique VFX production company started by veterans of Industrial Light and Magic. Tweak Films was founded in 2001 and wrapped its final show six years later at the end of 2007. Through a combination of advanced graphics R&D and high-end visual effects production experience, Tweak built a reputation as the small shop that could take on the  challenging projects usually handled by the big shops. 

Seth joined Tweak after more than 6 years at Industrial Light and Magic where he supervised a team that made a number of interesting contributions to visual effects film-making. He supervised projects including:

    * Motion capture (The Day After Tomorrow, Star Wars episodes I and II, The Mummy),
    * Real-time virtual set integration with first unit photography  (Artificial Intelligence: AI),
    * Multi-camera photography for 3D reconstruction of actors and performances (Lemony Snicket, Minority Report, Pearl Harbor), and
    * Photogrammetric set reconstruction and high dynamic range photography (Hulk).

Seth co-invented ILM's patented facial motion capture process and supervised facial capture on the then secret Brother Termite test. He also supervised facial capture for ongoing internal development including the Hugo test and the Marianne test which demonstrated that high-resolution facial motion capture could be recovered using hand held cameras on a freely moving actor. Many of the techniques and procedures that Seth helped create have become a standard part of ILM's pipeline for creating digital doubles, measuring scenes and sets for geometry and lighting, and image-based motion capture and match-animation.
 

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