Chief Technology Officer, Sony Pictures Imageworks and Visual Effects Supervisor

Rob Bredow is Chief Technology Officer and Visual Effects Supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks. As CTO, Bredow is an innovator who brings a production-perspective to the role and has created Imageworks’ open source initiative—most recently releasing Alembic, Open Color I/O, and Open Shading Language to the open source community.

Bredow has been instrumental in the advancement of Imageworks’ lighting and rendering pipeline and is widely respected for his ability to mesh visual effects, animation and innovative technology into a seamless whole. Applications like Katana, the look development and lighting package, and Arnold, an advanced global illumination renderer, have been grown inside Imageworks' walls and seen growing commercial adoption under Bredow’s leadership.

Prior to accepting the CTO position, Bredow VFX supervised the films CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS and SURF’S UP, which was nominated for an Academy Award® and was also recognized with two Annie Awards wins for its effects.

Bredow has been involved in creating many of the complex visual effects featured in THE POLAR EXPRESS, STUART LITTLE 2, CAST AWAY, and Academy Award® nominated STUART LITTLE. Bredow’s other credits include GODZILLA AND INDEPENDENCE DAY.

Speaker years: 
2010,2012