Panel: VFX Solutions to Covid Problems – Part I
Join the Visual Effects Society and the Post NY Alliance for a two-part event Post Break: VFX Solutions to Covid problems Part I & Part II. How can Visual Effects help production & post in a post-covid Landscape? These two panels will join Visual effects experts and have conversations geared towards post production. The initial panel will be an overall view of what is being asked of Visual Effects and what that means for production and post. The second panel would be covering and discussing new technology and new tools Visual Effects can offer.
Panel I: Thursday, July 9th at 4pm ET via ZOOM
**You must register in order to attend the event.
Jim Rider, Visual Effects Supervisor
Jim Rider is a NYC-based visual effects supervisor with 30 years of experience in the industry. After starting his career in New York in commercial production, Jim moved to Los Angeles in the ’90s, where he specialized in motion control camera work and models/miniatures, shooting fun things like spaceships for Star Trek and submarines for Titanic. As the industry moved toward more digital visual effects, Jim transitioned to Flame and Nuke compositing, working as an artist and VFX supervisor at facilities such as Method, Gravity and The Mill. As an independent visual effects supervisor, Jim is able to bring his extensive on-set experience as well as post-production knowledge to help clients solve problems and bring their projects to life. Jim’s recent credits include The Plot Against America, The Deuce and Fahrenheit 451.
Julie Long, Visual Effects Producer
Julie Long is an award-winning Visual Effects Producer for Film and Television. After graduating from NYU’s Tisch, she began her career at CHRLX, an animation and design studio in New York. She went on to join the initial VFX team at Shade New York, where she discovered her passion for producing. In her four years at Shade, she led her team to Emmy nominations and awards for their work on Marvel / Netflix’s Daredevil and HBO’s Westworld. Following Shade, Julie explored working production side, joining the VFX production team for Sci-Fi’s Happy! Season 2. Missing direct collaboration with the artists and working on multiple projects at a time, she decided to return back to the vendor side and helped establish the Episodic Department at Framestore New York, alongside Creative Director, John Kilshaw. Julie’s passion for visual effects is deepened by her team’s enthusiasm for the work and collaborating with creatives to help realize their vision
Greg Anderson, Sr. VFX Supervisor/Head of Studio
Greg Anderson is currently Sr. VFX Supervisor and Head of Studio for the New York office of FuseFX, a global visual effects studio for television, features and commercials. He started the office in 2014 and since then, it has grown to over 70 employees. In his role as VFX Supervisor, most recently, he supervised the visual effects for the Netflix limited series, When They See Us, written and directed by Ava DuVernay. He has directly supervised the visual effects for several hit Marvel television shows as well; Luke Cage, The Punisher and Iron Fist. In addition, he has overseen the work on several other award-winning shows like The Blacklist, The Get Down and Mr. Robot; the last of which, he and his team were nominated in 2018 for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role. Originally from St. Louis, Greg attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned a B.S. in Art and Design and an M.S. with a focus in Design and Computation, both from the School of Architecture and Planning. He started his career at Sony Pictures Imageworks designing the visual effects for several blockbuster, Oscar-nominated features including Starship Troopers, Hollow Man, Spider-Man and Matrix Revolutions. He then transitioned into advertising as a visual effects supervisor and director of campaigns for Target, Nissan, Microsoft, and many others. In 2009, he co-founded his own design/vfx studio called burn.crash.repeat., producing promos for MTV, Comedy Central and OWN. This experience led to his current position with FuseFX. Greg is a member of both the Television Academy and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Lotta Forssman, VFX Supervisor / VESNY Board Member
Lotta Forssman is a VFX supervisor at The Molecule VFX. She grew up in Sweden prior to graduating College at Ohio University with a major in Video Production and minor in film. She was introduced to the world of Post-production at her first internship on a Swedish Game Show. She started as a PA then got experience as an Assistant Editor and Motion Graphics Artist before making a move into Visual Effects. In 2009 she moved to New York and in 2010, joined The Molecule team as an artist. From there she transitioned to a VFX editor and worked her way up to a Visual Effects Producer and now, Visual Effects Supervisor. Experience being the best teacher, Lotta credits her understanding of the full process to her having had many seats within the company.
Some of the projects Lotta has overseen as VFX Supervisor have been Ballers for HBO, Good Cop, Master of None & Gypsy for Netflix, Red Oaks for Amazon and most recently the Apple series Dickinson.
Leah Orsini – Visual Effects Producer / VESNY Secretary
Leah has 15 years of TV/Film Production experience beginning her career in production for commercials in 2005 before moving to post in 2008, then finding her passion for visual effects in 2011. She has worked as a VFX Producer on TV, Feature Films and commercials for several companies including Framestore, Method, Alkemy X and Zoic where she was nominated for a Creative Arts Emmy. For the past 2.5 years Leah has been working as a VFX Producer on the show side recently completing 2 seasons of WARRIOR for Cinemax. Once shooting resumes, she will be in production for HBO’s, The Gilded Age. In her spare time, Leah enjoys photography, music and spending time with her family, including her new 10-month old baby boy, her husband & their rescue dog, Clark.