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WWCode Vancouver presents: An evening with MPC - Moving Picture Company

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1132 Hamilton Street, Fifth Floor

Vancouver, BC V6B 2S2

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On May 3rd, Women Who Code Vancouver is hosted by Moving Picture Company Vancouver, one of the global leaders in VFX for over 25 years; renowned for adding visual wonder and creative expertise to the film, advertising and entertainment industries.

Join us for an evening with the MPC Vancouver team and step into the fascinating world of building industry-leading software, which empowers artists to create stunning visual effects for the film industry.


Schedule

5:30PM - Registration & networking

6:00 PM - Introduction to MPC – James Egan

6:15 PM - Introduction to Software – Marlene Chazot and Leila Schemal

  • Top level introduction of MPC Software and what the Dept. does a whole

  • Software Reel

6:30 PM - Software and the Artist – Marlene Chazot and Chong Den

  • Personal intro / background

  • Artist experience / how software supports artists

  • Pipeline

  • Turning artist language > software language

  • Relationship with external vendors / tools e.g. Foundry / Pixar

7:00 PM - Software Intern Programme – Arden Allen

  • Personal intro / background

  • Experience so far at MPC


7:15 PM - Furtility Spotlight – Anika Mahmud

  • Description of Furtility with specific film examples – Wonder Woman / Fantastic Beasts / Jungle Book.

  • Furtility is MPC's technology for creating photorealistic hair, fur, feathers, vegetation, and other fibres like clothing and ropes. The first version was written in 2005 for 10,000 BC and was fully re-written for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian in 2006. It has since been used on most of our film and advertising work, and remains one of our key technologies for creating our visual effects.




7:30 PM - Shadowlab – Natchar Ratanasirigulchai and Leila Schemali

  • Shadowlab is the name of MPC's top secret R&D lab, which is developing a number of different new technologies including digital humans
    We can't say any more as it's very 'hush hush' ;)


7:45 PM - Q&A




Speaker Bios

Marlene Chazot (LinkedIn)
With a degree in graphic programming and another in visual effects, Marlene has been working in the Visual Effects and Animation industry for the past 7 years. As a developer, she specialized in working with animators and character related departments for a few years before recently joining the artists as a Creature FX artist.

Leila Schemali (LinkedIn)
Leila is a Lead Software Developer in the New Technology team at MPC. After completing a Master's Degree in France and working as an IT consultant for 6 years, Leila travelled the world and eventually went back to studies. This is where she encountered Computer Graphics and completed a PhD in this field. She shortly joined MPC as a Software Developer where she is enjoying learning about everything related to creating these amazing VFX pictures.

Arden Allen (LinkedIn)
Arden is a Software Developer Co-op at MPC. She is currently pursuing an Honour's in Computer Science at the University of British Columbia. From a young age, she has loved film and became interested in Computer Graphics because it combines her passion for technology with her enthusiam for animated movies. Arden is looking forward to completing her studies and hopes to one day see her name in the credits of a feature film.

Anika Mahmud (LinkedIn)
Anika Mahmud is a Software Developer at MPC, mostly working on making the characters created at MPC more furry and feathery. Her main focus is on MPC's proprietary fur creation tool, “Furtility”. Anika has worked in the VFX industry for more than four years. A graduate from UBC, Anika's research focus was facial performance capture. She loves to travel and recently her craze has been baking.

Natchar Ratanasirigulchai (LinkedIn)
Natchar Ratanasirigulchai graduated in 2016 from University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science with distinction, Computer Science and Biology. Her CO-OP experience at University Health Network Toronto was spent at the Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics Laboratory researching gene expression analysis, diagnosis, and prognosis of multiple cancer types and before that she was at the Health Research Innovation Centre as a Research Assistant in Cardiovascular Research where she researched independently autophagy and smooth muscle cell differentiation. During her studies, through her personal projects in computer graphics and computer vision, she discovered her passion for using computer science to drive creativity, which ultimately lead her to becoming a software developer at Moving Picture Company.




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