John-Michael "J" Bills will be showing Silhouette's superior manual roto tools that has made it the industry standard, as well as the tools new to version 5 that continue to innovate.  He will demo Mocha tracking integration, warping, fine tuned Nuke export, and s3d stereo workflows



Thursday, March  13th, 2014


7:00PM – 9:00PM

Admission Free

* Special door prize from Silhouette for one lucky registrant (to be announced at the event)! 


Come to the presentation and find out if Silhouette is right for you.

J Bills





About the Instructor:  John-Michael "J" Bills is a filmmaker and graphic designer who began his pursuit of visual effects first as a broadcast Graphic Designer for network TV affiliates in Kansas City, near his hometown.  Trading KC for NYC in 2000, Bills made the rounds as a freelance Compositor and 2D Supervisor in New York City, eventually landing at artist collective Psyop by day while teaching compositing & VFX at the School of Visual Arts by night.  2003 marked Bills' first feature film work, finding a home at Peter Jackson's Oscar winning effects unit Weta Digital, working on the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  Several films with Weta followed (King Kong, Avatar, X-Men 3, Iron Man 3, Man of Steel to name a few) before he and his family chose Portland as the finish line.  After working on local film productions with Laika and Gus Van Sant (Coraline, Virginia, and ParaNorman), Bills has recently co-founded a VFX shop named "The Refuge" with partner and collaborator Fred Ruff, working on projects like creatures for NBC's Grimm.  Bills is also active in the academic scene, starting the local VFX user group (VFX/PDX) and teaching classes at the Art Institute & Portland State University.  In what little spare time is left over, Bills enjoys photography and chipping away at an electric car conversion in the garage.

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Event Location

Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects Suite 200 – 495 Railway Street Vancouver, B.C. Canada Studio Phone: (604)558-4999

*Plenty of free street parking available along Railway Street and Jackson Ave.

The Visual Effects Society (VES) 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. Comprised of a diverse group of more than 2,500 members in 29 countries, the VES strives to enrich and educate its own members and members of the entertainment community at large through a multitude of domestic and international events, screenings and programs.

Silhouette FX  Silhouette continues to bring best-of-class tools to the visual effects industry. Using an entirely stereoscopic workflow, all capabilities of Silhouette, including its award winning rotoscoping, non-destructive paint, keying, matting, warping, morphing, and 2D-3D conversion tools are stereo enabled. Developed over the years with input by those working in the trenches, Silhouette runs like a well oiled machine. You will be up to speed with minimal effort and have the tools you need to handle the most challenging of shots. As visual effects artists ourselves, we understand your challenges and timelines. Our goal is to help you get the job done right, on time and on budget. Our understanding of visual effects allows us to design productive and highly specialized software. Our products stand up to the rigors of production and are the culmination of many years of experience. Add an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement, 3 Emmy Awards, and experience in creating visual effects for hundreds of feature films, commercials, and television shows and you have a combination that can't be beat.

Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects Based in Vancouver Canada, Lost Boys | School of VFX is North America's top dedicated visual effects school offering an intensive ten month Visual Effects Production Diploma program. Led by award-winning VFX Supervisor/Mentor, Mark Bénard, a pioneer of Vancouver’s VFX Industry, bringing over 16 years of studio, on-set and supervisory experience from projects across the globe. Boasting over a 98% placement rate, Lost Boys is the preeminent school of visual effects. For more information please visit our website at or join us on Facebook