Visual Effects Panel Discussions2020-10-14T12:32:41-07:00

Visual Effects Panel Discussions

Join us for a special episode of VFX Pros: Home Edition – a live interactive discussion with the visual effects team behind the Emmy nominated series WATCHMEN.

Join us for a discussion on the Emmy-nominated visual effects that went into producing HBO’s highly anticipated miniseries WATCHMEN. Panelists will include winner of four VES Awards and two time Emmy-winning Visual Effects Supervisor Erik Henry, VES Award-winning and six time Emmy-nominated Visual Effects Producer Matt Robken and four time Emmy-nominated Visual Effects Production Manager Ashley Ward, moderated by former VES Chair and current Board member Jeffrey A. Okun, VES.

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Join us for a special episode of VFX Pros: Home Edition – an interactive discussion on the visual effects that went into Lucasfilm’s groundbreaking Disney+ series THE MANDALORIAN with two time VES Award-winning Visual Effects Supervisor Richard Bluff, moderated by VES member and Epic Games Business Development Manager Miles Perkins.

Richard Bluff is one of Industrial Light & Magic’s award-winning Visual Effects Supervisors, currently serving as the production-side overall Visual Effects Supervisor on Jon Favreau’s hit Disney+ series, THE MANDALORIAN. In this capacity, Bluff oversees every aspect of the visual effects effort on behalf of production, including responsibility for the 3,800 traditional visual effects shots created for the series’ first season as well as ongoing technical and creative development of the new game engine driven LED stage technology and workflow (ILM StageCraft) for the show. Bluff received the Visual Effects Society Award for ‘Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode’ for his work on Season 1 and has continued in the capacity of overall supervisor on Season 2. He is also currently nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Special Visual Effects.

With a background in video games and environments, Richard Bluff joined ILM more than 15 years ago as a Digital Matte Artist and quickly rose through the ranks to become the Supervisor of ILM’s Environments Department where he reinvented standard workflows to provide artistically-driven solutions that were both innovative and efficient.

During this time, Bluff also continued hands-on supervision and shot work which included 2012’s blockbuster THE AVENGERS. Bluff pioneered the development of a fully digital New York City which was featured throughout the end battle, earning a Visual Effects Society Award.

Soon thereafter, Bluff was promoted to ILM VFX Supervisor, overseeing work on such films as ABOVE AND BEYOND, LUCY, UNBROKEN and the Marvel Studios television series AGENT CARTER. These experiences positioned Bluff for the role of ILM VFX Supervisor on Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE where he led the out-of-the box artistry and production methodologies to achieve the movie’s unique city deformations look. Work on DOCTOR STRANGE earned Bluff nominations for an Academy Award, a BAFTA award, and VES awards.

Richard next turned his hand towards real-time game technologies, serving as one of two Visual Effects Supervisors on the simulator ride Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run for Disneyland and Disneyworld.  These cumulative experiences throughout his career have positioned Bluff perfectly for the role he is currently playing as Production-side Supervisor on THE MANDALORIAN. This role requires a proven innovative, technical and creative problem solver at the helm of the visual effects driven series.

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Join us for a special episode of VFX Pros: Home Edition – an interactive discussion on the visual effects that went into the Amazon Prime Video series TALES FROM THE LOOP with Visual Effects Producer Andrea Knoll and Supervisor Ashley Bernes, moderated by VES 1st Vice Chair Lisa Cooke.

Andrea Knoll has been pushing boundaries in the entertainment industry for over 15 years. Her most recent role as visual effects producer on TALES FROM THE LOOP is a perfect depiction of her love and passion for visual storytelling. Andrea’s work on this unique anthology series has earned her an Emmy nomination.

Prior to her work on TALES FROM THE LOOP, Andrea served as a visual effects producer on seasons 2 and 3 of the critically acclaimed Netflix original series, STRANGER THINGS. It was there that she brought her production expertise and expanded the scope of visual effects for the show, which led to its two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Special Visual Effects. Andrea has also been a consulting producer on feature films such as Roland Emmerich’s latest project MIDWAY and Paul McCartney’s upcoming Netflix animated musical HIGH IN THE CLOUDS.

Ashley Bernes is a Creative Director at MPC’s New York studio. A 14-year veteran of MPC, he arrived in New York to help open the company’s east coast office in 2011.  Joining MPC London in 2006 as FX Technical Director, Ashley very quickly became CG and VFX Supervisor collaborating with top-tier directors such as Jonathan Glazer, Noam Murro, John Hillcoat, Baillie Walsh, Lance Acord, Joe Pytka, Speck and Gordon and Phil Joanou. He has been Creative Director on some of the studio’s most high-profile projects, partnering with Bruno Aveillan for Samsung’s “Billion Colors” film, a Creativity Editor’s Pick, as well as both films for Tiffany & Co.’s “Believe in Dreams” campaign alongside notable directors Francis Lawrence and Mark Romanek. His long-form work includes the TALES FROM THE LOOP pilot episode, for which he was the Studio VFX Supervisor and has earned an Emmy nomination, as well as the film 12 STRONG.

Don’t miss this special conversation about one of the most otherworldly series streaming today.

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Join us for a special episode of VFX Pros: Home Edition – a live interactive discussion with the visual effects team behind the third season of WESTWORLD.

Join us or a discussion on the Emmy-nominated visual effects that went into producing the third season of HBO’s science fiction series WESTWORLD. Panelists will include VES Award and Emmy-winning Visual Effects Supervisor Jay Worth, Emmy-nominated Visual Effects Supervisors Martin Hernblad and Nhat Phong Tran as well as two time VES Award nominee and eight time Emmy-nominated On-Set Visual Effects Supervisor Bruce Branit, moderated be VES Board member Jeff Kleiser.

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Join us for a special episode of VFX Pros: Home Edition – a live interactive discussion with the visual effects team behind the second season of TOM CLANCY’S JACK RYAN.

Join the discussion about the second season of TOM CLANCY’S JACK RYAN with the visual effects team. Panelists will include winner of four VES Awards and two time Emmy-winning Senior Visual Effects Supervisor Erik Henry and two time VES Award-nonimated On-set Visual Effects Supervisor Peter Crosman, moderated by VES Board member David Tanaka.

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Join the discussion about the second season of LOST IN SPACE with the visual effects team. Panelists will include VES and Emmy Award-winning Visual Effects Supervisor Jabbar Raisani and three-time VES Award-winning Visual Effects Producer Terron Pratt with moderation by VES Board member Gavin Graham.

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Join the discussion about JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE with the VES Award-winning visual effects team. Panelists will include Creature & Costume Designer Toby Froud and Visual Effects Supervisor Sean Matheisen with moderation by VES Board member David Tanaka.

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Inside the VFX of Cosmos: Possible Worlds

An interactive Webcast – Inside the VFX of National Geographic’s Cosmos: Possible Worlds – with award-winning Visual Effects Supervisor Jeffrey A. Okun, VES.

Okun, who had young dreams of becoming an astronaut, takes us inside his 18-month journey supervising visual effects on this season’s 13 episodes of Cosmos, the widely successful science documentary TV series, hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

How do you use visual effects to showcase the beauty and poetry of science, and transport audiences on spiritual voyages of exploration?  Okun talks about the exciting collaboration with scientists, the impact of dynamic scientific advances on storytelling and the tools and techniques that helped reveal previously uncharted realms, including lost worlds, worlds yet to come, and the worlds that humans may one day inhabit.

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Jeffrey A. Okun, VES is a VES Fellow and recipient of the VES Founder’s Award, and served as VES Board Chair for seven years.  He is known for creating ‘organic’ and invisible effects, as well as spectacular ‘tent-pole’ visual effects, and has won the VES Award for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects for his work on The Last Samurai.  Okun has delivered wide-ranging effects in award winning films such as Alpha, Blood Diamond, Stargate, Sphere, Red Planet, Deep Blue Sea, Lolita and The Last Starfighter. Okun also created and co-edited the VES HANDBOOK OF VISUAL EFFECTS, an award-winning VFX reference book, whose 3rd edition will be published this summer.

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