Film & Beyond | The Changing Landscape of Film and Entertainment

As you know, the Bay Area is a foundation of the Visual Effects Industry, with a long history of proven expertise in filmmaking, multi-platform digital content creation, and post-production services & technology.  At the forefront of the fast growing changes in entertainment, the Bay Area digital arts community is continually breaking new ground in traditional art, innovative technology trends & educational fronts.

As such, the VES Bay Area Board of Directors is inviting local and global experts from the fields of Animation, Broadcast & Film, VFX, Video Games and Technology to explore the new areas of our ever-expanding Industry.

The event will include approximately ten Roundtable Topics to encourage discussion and interaction.  These discussions will include accomplished local and international industry contributors -- directors, producers, art directors, cinematographers, editors, post production supervisors, visual effects practitioners and executives -- dedicated to both their own industry, and to the health of the production community at large.

Come join this amazing event with us and see where entertainment is heading.

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Keynote Speaker

Karen Dufilho - Executive Producer, Google ATAP
Dufilho, Executive Producer at Google ATAP, has been developing and producing animation for renowned directors, studios and start-ups for more than 18 years. She is the producer of Academy Award® and Annie Award-winning short films for PIXAR Animation Studios, where she helmed the Shorts Division overseeing and producing franchise work for A Bugs Life, Toy Story 2, and Monsters Inc. (read more)

Roundtable Discussions

VR vs. AR Development
Moderator: Habib Zargarpour - Director of Visuals, Microsoft Studios Global Publishing

Science Visualization
Moderator: Tom Kennedy - Head of Production, California Academy of Sciences Visualization Studio

Explore VR & CARA VR
Moderator: Mariana Acuna - The Foundry

Cinematic VR
Moderators: Miles Perkins - Jaunt VR & Cliff Plumer - Jaunt VR

Humans in VR
Moderator: Tim Alexander - ILM xLab

Cloud Based Animation Community
Moderators: Rex Grignon & Jason Schleifter, Nimble Collective

Storytelling in Immersive VR
Moderator: Maxwell Planck - Co-Founder, Oculus Story Studio

Visual Storytelling for Immersive Experiences
Moderators: Shannon Jeffries - Penrose Studios & Apurva Shah - Whamix

The Evolution of Episodic Gaming/Interactive Narrative
Moderator: Kevin Bruner - Telltale, Inc.

Connecting to the World of Games
Moderator: Henry LaBounta - Zynga

How is HDR & Color Gamut Improving Cinema
Moderator: Thad Beier - Dolby Laboratories

Penrose Studios - Creating and Premiering the VR Movie "Allumette"
Moderators: Jimmy Maidens & Bruna Berford - Penrose Studios