Event - Practical Lighting for CG Artists (Los Angeles)

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Los Angeles


Practical Lighting for CG Artists
Free for VES Members - $25.00 For All Others

Please join VFX Supervisor and Director of Photography Bill Taylor, ASC, VES for the sixth incarnation of the wildly popular and informative one-day seminar geared toward helping digital artists develop the sensibilities and sensitivities of a cinematographer.

Bill began his career as an optical cameraman specializing in blue screen compositing. In 1974 he created optical effects (and title song lyrics) for John Carpenter's and Dan O'Bannon's ultra-low-budget DARK STAR; in the same year he began work at Universal Studios under matte artist Albert Whitlock, a longtime mentor. THE HINDENBURG, Taylor's first film as Whitlock's cameraman, received the Oscar for visual effects. When Whitlock retired in 1985, Taylor and his matte artist colleague Syd Dutton founded Illusion Arts, where they have earned credits on nearly 200 films.

Taylor served as Visual Effects Supervisor on THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS, BRUCE ALMIGHTY, and CASANOVA. More recently Bill and Syd Dutton co-supervised MILK for which they created more than 150 “invisible” shots. As Illusion Arts wound up its 26 year run, the company completed dozens of shots for Michael Mann's PUBLIC ENEMIES for supervisor Robert Stadd and some key environments for GI JOE.

Most recently, he was visual effects supervisor on FIRST IN FLIGHT and LAWLESS, a Cannes Film Festival contender.

Bill has also worked as second unit or models unit cinematographer for SERENITY, THE NANNY DIARIES, RAMBO, and SOUL MEN. 

He is the co-author (with another mentor, Petro Vlahos) of the chapters on blue-screen and green-screen compositing in both the AMERICAN CINEMATOGRAPHER MANUAL and the THE VES HANDBOOK OF VISUAL EFFECTS.

Taylor is currently co-chair of the Motion Picture Academy Science and Technology Council, and recently completed his fifth term as Academy Governor representing the Visual Effects Branch, where he chaired the Executive Committee. He is the most recent recipient of the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation “in appreciation for outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy.”

Taylor has received a Saturn, an Emmy and a Motion Picture Academy Technical Achievement Award. He is a Life Member of the VES, and the recipient of the Society's 2009 Founder's Award. Bill is also the recipient of the 2011 Art Directors Guild Award for Contribution to Cinematic Imagery.

Please RSVP below
Free to VES members, all others $25
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 from 9:00AM to 4:00PM

(Walk-away lunch break from 12:00PM to 1:30PM)
Mole Richardson Co.
925 N. La Brea Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90046
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