Senior Production Consultant – SideFX

A visual effects and animation veteran of over 25 years, John has worn many hats in a broad range of film and TV productions as a VFX artist, animation director, technical director, producer, and software developer.  Currently, John is a working as Senior Production Consultant with the R&D team at SideFX in Toronto focused on the development of Character and Animation tools.  In 1994, John co-founded C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures in Toronto with the intent of establishing a world class visual effects facility in Canada servicing the feature film and television series markets.  John’s dedication to the craft, vision, and leadership were instrumental in growing a small VFX studio with a total staff of six, to a key player in the industry employing over 300 people at its peak while producing Disney's The Wild.  Until it shuttered in 2010, C.O.R.E. was revered as one of Canada's highest ranked animation and visual effects studios recognized around the world.  John graduated from the University of Waterloo with an honors degree in Fine Arts, and completed his studies in Computer Animation at Sheridan College in 1986.

John's many feature film credits include CG Supervisor for Disney’s The Wild, and Animator and Technical Director for X-Men, and Doctor Dolittle, and Fly Away Home, and Animation Director on Cats & Dogs II: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, and Nutty Professor II: The Klumps.  Television credits include VFX work on The Expanse, and The Outer Limits: Sandkings.  John also won a Gemini Award as Co-Producer for Best Animated Series for Angela Anaconda.

Speaker years: 
2017