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3.4.2017 10:00 am to 4:00 pm PST | Event

Event – Emerging Technologies Expo (Los Angeles)

VES Members are Invited to the Art Directors Guild’s Emerging Technologies Expo

The ADG’s Professional Development Committee is pleased to announce the third event in their series of Education Expos. This Exposition will focus attention on Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality and other next-step technologies, such as advanced manufacturing and visual effects.


This event is free to attend with RSVP – do so today to save your place!


As ADG member and USC School of Cinematic Arts professor Alex McDowell recently wrote:

“We are confronting change within our entertainment media platforms at a scale unobserved since the early days of film, more than a hundred years ago. The medium and practice of cinema has evolved beyond recognition. And in parallel we recognize the rapid development of other, more recent, entertainment media and understand that it is essential to examine the impact of these radical changes and their potential infuence on one another. There is no longer reasonable justification for considering the crafts of  lm, animation, television, interactive media, and post- cinematic media space of mixed, virtual and augmented reality to be distinct and separate.”


Confirmed presenters for Saturday, March 4th:


Harrison Ellenshaw – Artist extraordinaire who will share his experiences from the birth of modern visual effects. http://www.harrisonellenshaw.com/


Guy Martin – Principal at Guy Martin Design and member of the Association of Robots in Architecture, counts among his clients: SpaceX, Philippe Starck, and many others. Guy shares his design-centric approach to automation. 



Alex Oliver – Principal of Skillwire, an important training partner to the ADG specializing in Sketchup, will be introducing attendees to Trimble’s Hololens plug-in. Try out Microsoft’s groundbreaking augmented reality headset with one of your own models (details to follow). https://goo.gl/6bRV7g


Greg Brown – Creative Specialist with Foundry will be demonstrating the real-time and VR capabilities in the 3D app MODO. 



Gare Cline – ADG – Explores the interface between visual effects and the art department. www.banksyde.com


Steve Kaplan –  International Representative at the IATSE West Coast Office will be on hand to discuss the the union’s efforts in organizing visual effects and answer questions.


Confirmed presenters for Sunday, March 5th:


Michael Chambliss – of the International Cinematographers Guild & IATSE Local 600 will kick off Day Two, providing a new perspective on the changes in technology. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1095761/


Karl Meyer – of Burbank-based Gentle Giant  – on the front lines with 3D scanning and printing; prepare to be impressed. http://www.gentlegiantstudios.com


Alex Oliver – Principal of Skillwire is back with more Sketchup and augmented reality demos.


Yazan Malkosh – of 9b Studios will discuss remote collaboration using Sketchfab VR and custom tools. http://www.9bstudios.comhttps://sketchfab.com/virtual-reality


Sean Kennedy – Former Rhythm and Hues VFX compositor and with CoSA, Sean demonstrates how VFX artists creatively approach their craft. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0448332/


Steve Kaplan –  International Representative at the IATSE West Coast Office will be on hand to discuss the the union’s efforts in organizing visual effects and answer questions.


We’ll also have a continuous “show floor” with VR / AR demos and vendors booths throughout the whole weekend.


RSVP today and stay tuned for updates!


Art Directors Guild, 11969 Ventura Blvd., 2nd Floor, Studio City, CA 91604