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VFX Revolution: How the Internet and Digital Devices are Reshaping Visual Effects and Film

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:45 PM (PDT)

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VFX Revolution: How the Internet and Digital Devices are Reshaping Visual Effects and Film

Thurs., May 17th from 5:30 - 9:00pm
Location: Bagdad Theatre

In less than 40 years, computer graphics and digital devices have transformed film experience with techniques such as digital compositing, motion control, computer-generated characters and photo-realistic images incorporated into live-action footage. Join a panel of film and visual effects experts as they discuss the new visual effects tools and techniques that have not only revolutionized but have globalized the industry.

Speakers include (see Bios below):

Jeff White, Industrial Light and Magic
Brian Van't Hul, LAIKA studios
Ramiro Gomez, Hinge Digital
Fred Ruff, Bent Image Lab
Jim Clark, Hive-FX
Aaron Mesh, Willamette Week, Moderator

Pre-event Mixer Sponsor:

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Event Sponsors:

Art Institute of Portland

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Autodesk

3DPDX

52 Ltd

Oregon Film

NW Film Center


Speaker Bios:

Jeff White, Industrial Light and Magic

Jeff is the Visual Effects Supervisor at Industrial Light and Magic and has worked on Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon, Avengers, The Chronicals of Narnia, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Star Wars: Episode III and other acclaimed, visual effects driven films.

He has a B.S. in Cinema and Photography from Ithica College and an MFA in Computer Art at Savannah College of Art and Design.


Brian Van't Hul, LAIKA studios

Supervisor of Visual Effects for LAIKA’s 2009 Award-winning Coraline, BRIAN VAN’T HUL’s visual effects acumen has been applied to such prominent films asNightmare Before Christmas, Forrest Gump,Disclosure, Contact, all three Lord of the Rings films, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, I Robot, The Legend of Zorro and King Kong - for which he won a BAFTA Film Award (Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects) and an Oscar® (Best Achievement in Visual Effects).

A graduate of Montana State University’s Film, Television and Photography Department, Brian has applied his diverse passions for cinematography, art, engineering and story-telling to a variety of film industry projects including miniature, live action and digital lighting, visual effects supervising, location plate photography and second unit directing.

 

Fred Ruff, Bent Image Lab

An expert in the field of computer graphics for over 15 years, Ruff got his start in New York working for a digital post production facility, and worked for Crystal Dynamics in the 90's. Ruff worked for the Autodesk Multimedia group as a product specialist. Eventually this passion and knowledge put him into the Product Designer position for 3ds max. After a few releases Ruff went on to be the design lead for a team of engineers tasked in creating other "top secret" 3d software for Autodesk. Having redesigned many aspects of 3ds max Ruff knows it inside and out—a huge benefit when it comes to creating compelling 3d animation. Currently he resides at Bent in Portland OR where he supervises their 3D graphics department. Ruff's works on commercials, films TV shows and music videos. He is currently the visual effects supervisor for the Bent's FX work on NBC's Grimm.

 

Jim Clark, Hive-fx

Jim began his career at the age of 22 as a 2D turned 3D character animator at Will Vinton Studios, animating on Fanta Soda then rigging and animating the infamous Blue M&M commercials. Jim moved to California in 1996 to work as a lead animator on An American Werewolf in Paris then Spy Kids II before transitioning to visual FX work on many Showtime feature films and series. In 1999 Jim co-produced, directed and production designed the pilot episode of the children's television series Firehouse Tales, which was subsequently sold to Warner Brothers and Cartoon Network with a toy line produced by Bandai.

Jim has worked in the film and television field for 17 years as a professional 2D+3D animator, character sculptor, prop fabricator, 3D modeler, production designer, director, concept artist, visual fx supervisor, product designer, cinematographer and photographer.

 

Ramiro Gomez, Hinge Digital

Over the past 17 years, Ramiro Gomez has proven himself to be a skilled leader, supervisor, and technical director, but above all Ramiro is highly respected by his peers. His experience in project management, resource allocation, casting, bidding, and personnel management make him a strong, capable, and dedicated leader. Ramiro has been involved with major national commercial campaigns with Charlex in NYC, for clients such as Kodak, IBM, Amtrak, Enron, as well as over 10 years of experience in films such as "Chicken Little", "Reign of Fire", "Surf's Up", "PAUL", and "John Carter of Mars".

Prior to joining Hinge Digital, Ramiro worked at Double Negative Visual Effects in London, on Walt Disney Pictures "John Carter of Mars", and Universal Pictures "PAUL". He played a significant role on John Carter of Mars in both an artistic and leadership capacity. Ramiro was also in charge of character rigging and deformations for "PAUL", the main character of the film. He was also heavily involved in the design, and implementation of new pipeline tools and techniques studio wide.

 

Aaron Mesh, Willamette Week (Moderator)

Aaron Mesh was the movie critic at Willamette Week for five years, and co-founded the film festival Beer and Movie. He now works as a news reporter for WW.

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Bagdad Theatre
3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:45 PM (PDT)


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