January 29 - 31, 2015

VIFF Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

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Canadian 3D and Advanced Imaging Society

Vancouver International Film Festival

Visual Effects Society




Celebrating innovation and inspiration
January 29 - 31, 2015


SPARK brings the most talented artists, inventors, directors and studio executives from around the world to Vancouver to share their experience and inspire the visual effects community. This event attracts local and international visual effects leaders.

FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE: January 29 - 31
  • Panels and presentations from visual effects' top players
  • Cutting edge exposure and insight into the latest techniques of the industry
  • Networking — build long-lasting relationships with a growing community of local and international attendees


Industry policy-makers, executives, professionals and students all have something to gain from the conference. The Festival offers something for all film buffs, art lovers and cartoon fans out there.

Schedule and pricing subject to change without notice. Please check regularly.


  • Screenings: Between $7.50 and $11 (GST included)
  • Presentations: $20.00 (GST included)
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The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet
The City of Lost Children
Growing Groot's Galaxy
Moderator: Keith Blackmore with Nicolas Aithadi
The VFX of Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Moderator: Landon Bootsma with Daniel Schmid, Greg Kegel, Jose Burgos, Thaddeus Parkinson & Tim Belsher
The Making of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Moderator: Chris van Dyck with Dave Clayton & R. Christopher White
Please Look After This Bear: The VFX of Paddington
Moderator: Colin Giles with Pablo Grillo
Interstellar: The Miniature Effects
Moderator: Keith Blackmore with Ian Hunter
VFX: Not Just for Blockbusters Anymore
Moderator: Marina Antunes with Scott Belyea, Zach Lipovsky & Zachary Cole
Late Night Snacks: Short Program
Cinematic Virtual Reality: The Mission
Moderator: Larry Bafia with Matthew Gratzner
Hitting the Road On Mars: Reaching Out Into the Solar System
Moderator: Bob McDonald with Nagin Cox
Fantastical Faeries and Deadly Dragons
Moderator: Keith Blackmore with Catherine Mullan & Dave Seager
Creating the Invisible FX of Birdman
Moderator: Mat Krentz with Ara Khanikian
The Making of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Moderator: Landon Bootsma with Keith Miller
Looking Forward and Back to the Future
Moderator: Michael van den Bos with Andrew Probert, Dean Cundey & Kevin Pike
Back to the Future
Introduction by Michael van den Bos


Thursday - January 29, 7:00 PM
FESTIVAL - The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet
2013 // France · Canada · Australia // Dir.: Jean-Pierre Jeunet // 105 min // DCP // Licensed · 19+

In The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, a clever young cartographer named T.S. Spivet, secretly leaves his family's ranch in Montana to hitchhikes across the country to Washington D.C. in order to receive an award in person from the Smithsonian Institute. What sounds like a typical story of a boy on his own in the world is transformed into a dreamlike adventure by renowned filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Adapted from Reif Larsen's 2009 book, Mr. Jeunet, who previously impressed movie lovers with such classics as Amélie, The City of Lost Children, and Delicatessen, applies his unique visual style to Larsen's unique style of storytelling resulting in a visual feast that is eye poppingly beautiful and another coup for a director known for his unique style.

Full of youthful energy and a sense of wonder, The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet is a magical family adventure the likes of which hasn't been seen in years.

Thursday - January 29, 9:15 PM
FESTIVAL - The City of Lost Children
(La cité des enfants perdus)
1995 // France · Germany · Spain // Dir.: Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro // 112 min // DCP // Licensed · 19+

A man who can't dream kidnaps children in order to steal their dreams. Though this is the story at the centre of Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's City of Lost Children, this fantasy classic, which is celebrating 20 years, remains as imaginative today as the day it was released.

Though a metaphorical tale of youth, City of Lost Children is particularly memorable for it's surreal visuals, stunning set and character design and it's eccentric characters, everyone from One (Ron Perlman who didn't speak a lick of French and performed his role phonetically), a carnival strongman searching for his little brother, to Krank, the scientist himself, a brain in a tank that goes by Irvin and six narcoleptic identical twins (all played by the same actor).


Friday - January 30, 9:00 AM
CONFERENCE - Growing Groot's Galaxy
Presented by MPC Film
Moderator: Keith Blackmore with Nicolas Aithadi

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In this presentation MPC VFX Supervisor Nicolas Aithadi presents the teams work on Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. Nicolas will outline the studio's work on the movie and give a sneak peak behind the scenes of the development of the Tree-like humanoid, Groot.

As lead VFX studio, MPC completed 857 shots for the movie including creating CG characters, environments and spacecraft. Key sequences included the development and animation of the extra-terrestrial, sentient tree-like creature Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel, a swarm of spaceships and set extension/environment work for the planet Morag, a synthetic Xandar city, the sky-based spaceship battle, the 'Nebula Rebuild' sequence, Groot's illuminated Spores and the Cocoon sequences.

MPC recently received Academy Award, BAFTA and VES nominations for the VFX of Guardians of the Galaxy and X-Men: Days of Future Past, VES nominations for Maleficent and Game of Thrones: Watchers on the Wall and were honoured with a SciTech Academy Award for their proprietary destruction tool Kali.

Friday - January 30, 11:00 AM
CONFERENCE - The VFX of Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Presented by Industrial Light & Magic
Moderator: Landon Bootsma with Daniel Schmid, Greg Kegel, Jose Burgos, Thaddeus Parkinson & Tim Belsher

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This talk will discuss the technical and aesthetic challenges of the work ILM completed on Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This will cover asset work including the Helicarrier, Helicarrier Bay and Falcon digidouble. This will also cover the massive destruction sequence at the end of the movie during the Helicarrier battle.

Friday - January 30, 1:00 PM
CONFERENCE - The Making of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Presented by Weta Digital
Moderator: Chris van Dyck with Dave Clayton & R. Christopher White

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a film of epic scope and grandeur. Visual effects artists created a cohesive believability that allowed Peter Jackson to stretch the fantasy elements of the story without ever sacrificing the realism required for the dramatic moments to connect. The scenes of the mighty dragon Smaug laying fiery waste to Laketown and the clashes between the armies of Middle-earth sit right alongside the tender and tragic moments of the film.

Hear how digital artists built extensive and intricate digital models to show detailed destruction on a massive scale in Lake-town, and how the visual effects team developed new virtual stage and animation tools to bring the Epic CG 'Battle of Five Armies' to life inside the virtual camera. Working closely with director Peter Jackson, animators carefully choreographed the complex battle sequences featuring over 30,000 orcs, thousands of elves and dwarves, and countless other creatures.

Friday - January 30, 3:00 PM
CONFERENCE - Please Look After This Bear: The VFX of Paddington
Presented by Framestore
Moderator: Colin Giles with Pablo Grillo

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Pablo will talk about how he and the team at Framestore animated Paddington so he could inhabit a live-action world as a believable talking bear while remaining faithful to the sweetness of Michael Bond's original creation. He will also cover some of the technical challenges involved in creating the chaos that seems to follow the polite little bear around.

Friday - January 30, 5:00 PM
CONFERENCE - Interstellar: The Miniature Effects
Presented by New Deal Studios
Moderator: Keith Blackmore with Ian Hunter

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Join Academy Award Nominee and Visual Effects Supervisor, Ian Hunter, for an indepth discussion of miniature effects for Christopher Nolan Films. Ian and the team at New Deal Studios have collaborated on four Nolan films, including The Dark Knight, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, and culminating on Interstellar.

Ian will go into detail the whys and hows of creating practical effects to realize ultra-realistic imagery. From the spectacular crash of the Batmobile to the soring spacecraft of Interstellar, Ian will explain the design processes used to create the effects. Previs, tech-vis, and physical testing are used to develop the shots before hand, and modern fabrication techniques including 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC foam cutting are used to build the models, along with hand-made craftsmanship.

Ian will also explain the design and building of the primary spacecraft, the use of high-speed photography to simulate zero gravity, and where salt comes in handy for creating something "out of this world." A bold artistic move, using physical models photographed with film cameras allowed the filmmakers of Interstellar to ground the setting of the highly conceptual film into an earthly reality.

Friday - January 30, 7:30 PM
CONFERENCE - VFX: Not Just for Blockbusters Anymore
An Indie Filmmaker Panel // Licensed · 19+
Moderator: Marina Antunes with Scott Belyea, Zach Lipovsky & Zachary Cole

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For years visual effects were limited to big budget productions; the work was intense, specialized and expensive. But over the last few years, effects have slowly started to appear in independent productions - thanks in part to artists who are interested in sharing their talent, often freelancing on their spare time on passion projects.

For this very special presentation, we bring together local VFX artist Zach Lipovsky, who made his big screen debut on the 90s reboot Leprechaun Origins and recently lent his talent to the festival hit Afflicted, writer/director Scott Belyea, a ten-year veteran of the Vancouver Film Industry who has made a number of effects heavy short films and Zachary Cole, a VFX supervisor who has worked on everything from Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith to short films like The Sand Storm, to talk about the challenges and advantages of using VFX in short films and indie productions.

This presentation is a must for filmmakers with questions about how to afford and incorporate effects into your first or next project!

Friday - January 30, 9:20 PM
FESTIVAL - Late Night Snacks: Short Program
Various // Licensed · 19+

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It's 9:30 pm and WHAM! It hits you: An insidious, appalling and almost irresistible craving for a late night snack. Late-night snacks tend to be hidden snacks, stolen morsels — the kind of stealth feasts that leave one steeped in shameful self-loathing and neurotic denial. "I'm just having a little bedtime snack," we say to ourselves. Be warned; this edgy collection of shorts is for those late-nighters looking to satisfy a hungry craving.


Saturday - January 31, 9:00 AM
CONFERENCE - Cinematic Virtual Reality: The Mission
Presented by New Deal Studios
Moderator: Larry Bafia with Matthew Gratzner

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Matthew will discuss his experience mixing spectacle and story while trailblazing the new medium of virtual reality in his Cinematic Virtual Reality Film, The Mission. The panel will delve into how Matthew crafted the story, within its genre, to play to the strengths and infinite possibilities of a 360 degree field of view. Mathew will share the experimentation, joys and frustrations of day-to-day photography directing while taking into consideration technical parameters. With his combined extensive knowledge of post, he will provide a perspective of developing and evolving post tools and processes for VR. Lastly, he will share the critical role collaboration plays between the creative and technical teams in writing the visual language of VR. Join Matthew to learn more about how to create immersive, narrative storytelling.

Saturday - January 31, 11:00 AM
CONFERENCE - Hitting the Road On Mars: Reaching Out Into the Solar System
Presented by NASA-JPL
Moderator: Bob McDonald with Nagin Cox

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Since the beginning of time, people have been entranced by the night sky and by our nearest planetary neighbour, Mars. From the early missions of Viking, Pathfinder and the more recent missions — Mars has been (and is) a challenging destination. Come hear the story of our newest rover on Mars — the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover. Curiosity landed on Mars spectacularly in August 2012, and has made astounding discoveries already. Curiosity was specifically designed to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support life. Her exploration of Mars symbolizes all that humankind can do when we work together as a team.

Saturday - January 31, 1:00 PM
CONFERENCE - Fantastical Faeries and Deadly Dragons
MPC presents their VFX work on Disney's Maleficent
Moderator: Keith Blackmore with Catherine Mullan & Dave Seager

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Maleficent explores the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the classic Sleeping Beauty and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. MPC's VFX Supervisor, Dave Seager will present the team's work on the VFX for the movie including a host fantastical faeries, fierce dragons, and otherworldly environments.

Catherine Mullan, Animation Supervisor at MPC, will then present a behind-the-scenes look at the character animation from Maleficent. From the fluffy to the formidable, she will share how this array of creatures were brought to life. Discussing with the audience her insight and experience, as well as the creative and technical challenges encountered along the way.

Saturday - January 31, 3:00 PM
CONFERENCE - Creating the Invisible FX of Birdman
Presented by Rodeo FX
Moderator: Mat Krentz with Ara Khanikian

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Birdman is a real masterpiece through the revolutionary technical achievements that result from the combination of incredible cinematography, remarkable editing and imperceptible visual effects. Hear how the digital artists at Rodeo FX contributed in creating the single shot illusion, and discover how they technically conceived these invisible FX.

People don't realize how much work there is in Birdman, and this is exactly what makes the movie an extraordinary artistic and technical achievement. The visual effects are imperceptible and beautifully contribute to the movie magic!

Saturday - January 31, 5:00 PM
CONFERENCE - The Making of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Presented by Weta Digital
Moderator: Landon Bootsma with Keith Miller

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A decade after a devastating virus kills most of the human race, a growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar encounters a group of human survivors, triggering an all-out war as the two species fight for dominance.

Digital apes again take center-stage in this action packed sequel. Keith will explain how on-set performance capture helped artists bring the amazing performances the actors delivered on the film set through to the digital characters in the finished picture. Hear how Weta's team has taken motion capture to the stage, blending live action and digital production in the process. Keith will also discuss advancements in their fur system and how they created a startling post-virus Earth.

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© 2014 20th Century Fox. All Rights Reserved.

Saturday - January 31, 7:30 PM
CONFERENCE - Looking Forward and Back to the Future
30th Anniversary Panel // Licensed · 19+
Moderator: Michael van den Bos with Andrew Probert, Dean Cundey & Kevin Pike

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2015, is the year we have been waiting for our whole lives. The future is now the present. Yes, Back to the Future, the film that made DeLoreans cool, popularized the concept of flux capacitors and made incestuous attraction improbably hilarious will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. To commemorate Back to the Future, we will have the director of photography, Dean Cundey, the DeLorean Time Machine designer and special effects supervisor, Kevin Pike, and original BTTF storyboard and concept artist, Andrew Probert.

Saturday - January 31, 9:20 PM
FESTIVAL - Back to the Future
1985 // USA // Dir.: Robert Zemeckis // 116 min // DCP // Licensed · 19+
Introduction by Michael van den Bos

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Ever wonder how or if you'd get along with your parents when they were your age? In 1985, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) got to do just that in the blockbuster smash hit Back to the Future. With the help of a crazy haired mad scientist named Doc (Christopher Lloyd), the coolest car ever (a souped up DeLorean which has been transformed into a time machine) and a bit of bad luck, Marty finds himself transported to the era of poodle skirts, juke boxes and pre-rock and roll: 1955.

Marty's arrival in the past throws a wrench into his future when he inadvertently captures his mother's romantic attentions. While we're still trying to get over the comedic ick factor, Marty is already befriending the geeky young version of his father and coaching him on how to get the girl — all in the hopes of saving the future as he knows it!

Chock full of physical comedy, endless quotable lines and capturing an energy that is both of an era and completely timeless, Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale's time travel comedy has continued to capture the imaginations and hearts of movie lovers since it first enraptured audiences 30 years ago.

Don't forget to wear your puffy vests and bring along your hoverboards for an evening of great fun as we immerse ourselves in the ground breaking comedy and sheer movie-making magic of one of the most brilliantly inventive, wildly entertaining motion pictures in Hollywood history!


Andrew Probert
Production Illustrator // Probert Designs

Andrew Probert found his calling as an artist after studying at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. His long and varied career began in 1978 with his contribution of the Cylon Centurions in the beloved sci-fi drama Battlestar Galactica.

Mr. Probert continued his work in the sci-fi genre when he was hired onto Star Trek: The Motion Picture as a concept designer/illustrator. His work on Star Trek continued with his contributions to Star Trek: The Next Generation, for which he designed the bridge of the new starship, the Enterprise-D, as well as the exteriors of virtually every space vehicle seen in the first year of the show.

Mr. Probert joined the production of Back to the Future in 1984, initially drawing storyboards but then continuing the design of the DeLorean time machine.

His film and television work also includes stints on *batteries not included, TRON and The Philadelphia Experiment among others.

Ara Khanikian
VFX Supervisor, Head of 2D // Rodeo FX

Rodeo FX's Ara Khanikian serves the company as VFX Supervisor and Head of 2D. He has worked on over 60 feature films during the course of his career, including such high profile projects as Unbroken, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Now You See Me, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, 300, and many others. He just received a VES nomination for his work as VFX Supervisor on Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman.

As VFX Supervisor, Ara both manages the creative and technical expectations each director requires to achieve his vision, and is also responsible for on-set supervision. As the Head of the Rodeo FX Compositing Department, Ara also provides hands-on experience and leadership when working closely with Rodeo FX artists.

Ara Khanikian is a Board member of the VES (Visual Effects Society) – Section Montreal, and he is currently Rodeo FX' VFX Supervisor on The Last With Hunter.

Bob McDonald
Radio Host, Author, Science Journalist // CBC

One of Canada's best known science journalists, Bob has been the host of CBC Radio's Quirks & Quarks program since 1992, and science commentator and correspondent for CBC TV News. Before joining Quirks & Quarks, Bob was the host of CBC Television's children's science program Wonderstruck, and wrote two books based on the program.

Bob wrote another book in 2000, Measuring the Earth with a Stick: Science as I've Seen It, a collection of essays reflecting on his 25 years as a science journalist. Bob also hosted and wrote a children's TV science series, Heads Up!, which ran for 3 seasons on TVO and the Knowledge Network.

Bob has been honoured for his contributions to the public awareness of science with the Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion, from NSERC; the Sandford Fleming Medal from The Royal Canadian Institute; and the McNeil Medal for the Public Awareness of Science from the Royal Society of Canada — completing the 'triple crown' of medals for science communication in Canada. In 2010, Bob was named as an honorary life member of the Sigma Xi Society, the first Canadian to be so honoured by America's oldest scientific body.

In November, 2011, Bob was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

CBC Quirks & Quarks

Catherine Mullan
Head of Animation // MPC Film

Originally from Ireland, Catherine moved to the UK to study computer animation at Bournemouth University, where she graduated in 2001. Over the last 13 years, Catherine has worked with Framestore, Animal Logic and MPC, and animated on approximately 20 movies. These movies include Harry Potter, Narnia, X-Men, Golden Compass (Oscar Winner, Best Visual Effects) and Happy Feet (Oscar Winner, Best Animated Feature). In 2012, she moved into the role of Animation Supervisor on Disney's Maleficent movie and is currently the Head of Animation at MPC's Vancouver facility.

After 13 years animating, leading and supervising on a wide variety of creature and character projects, she still delights in bringing these fantastical characters to life.

Chris van Dyck
Digital Compositor // Industrial Light & Magic
(The Hobbit Trilogy, Tron: Legacy, Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince, 300: Rise of an Empire)

Chris van Dyck is a Vancouver-based Compositing Supervisor with over a decade of experience and is currently working at ILM as a Senior Compositor on Warcraft.

Colin Giles
Writer, Senior Instructor of Animation // VFS

Colin Giles has over 16 years experience in the animation industry with extensive credits in both traditional and computer animation. Based in Vancouver he has served as a Lead Animator, Animation Director, Designer, and Timing Director for multiple studios including Carbunkle Cartoons, Nitrogen, Bardel, Cartoon Network, and Disney Interactive. Colin has instructed and presented at schools and workshops around the world, at SIGGRAPH Conferences, and is currently the Senior Animation Instructor at Vancouver Film School. Colin is a contributing writer for Cartoon Brew and its new education initiative 'Cartoon Brew-Ed' which can be found on Facebook and Tumblr.

Daniel Schmid
Generalist Lead // Industrial Light & Magic
(Jurassic World, Tomorrowland, Transformers 4: The Age of Extiontion, Captain America: The Winter Solder)

Daniel Schmid comes from an early industrial engineering background, which he decided to put aside to pursue a career in visual effects. He joined ILM in 2013 with over 10 years of experience in advertisement, as Lighting and CG Supervisor, both in Mexico and Poland at Platige Image.

At ILM Vancouver, he has contributed his skills to such productions as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Transformers 4: Age of Extinction, and the yet to released Tomorrowland. He is currently acting as Lead Generalist for the upcoming Jurassic World.

Dave Clayton
Animation Supervisor // Weta Digital

Dave's career at Weta Digital began in 2003 when he joined as an animator on The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. His talent for creating realistic movement led to him taking on more responsibility - first as a Senior Animator on I, Robot, then a Sequence Lead on King Kong. His first Animation Supervisor role came in 2006 on Eragon, where he and his team created the climactic end sequence.

Dave worked on the initial animation studies for James Cameron's Avatar and became an Animation Supervisor on the project. This gave him the experience necessary to lead the animators back into Middle-earth and bring to life the digital characters of the Hobbit trilogy. He received Oscar nominations for the first two films and has recently completed work on the final film in the trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Dave Seager
VFX Supervisor, CG Supervisor // MPC Film

David started his career 15 years ago with Square Pictures on the ground-breaking Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, working his way up from layout artist to Sequence Supervisor and Lighting Supervisor. During the next three years David worked on The Matrix movies as a CG Supervisor at Square Pictures, Centropolis FX, and Sony Pictures Imageworks including The Animatrix: Final Flight of the Osiris, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Continuing his time at Sony Pictures Imageworks, David worked as a CG Supervisor on 11 movies including The Aviator, Spider-Man 3, Watchmen, and Men in Black III.

David joined MPC in 2012 working as a DFX Supervisor on Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, CG Supervisor on Disney's Maleficent and VFX Supervisor on Game of Thrones Season 4, Episode 9.

During his career David has supervised all aspects of feature film visual effects work including R&D and final shot/sequence production as well as overseeing the design and creation of fantastical characters and elaborate environments. Years of supervision experience have made him one of MPC's most talented CG Supervisors, constantly striving to inspire and push his teams to new heights. David fully embraces his responsibility and ownership of the work he supervises, while collaborating with VFX Supervisors and directors to create stunning feature film VFX.

David recently lead MPC's team on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1 and is now working on Part 2.

Dean Cundey
Director of Photography
(Apollo 13, Jurassic Park, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Back to the Future, The Thing)

Dean Cundey showed interest in filmmaking at an early age by building model sets, and though he started making movies in the early 70s, his career didn't really take off until 1978 when he was recruited to work on John Carpenter's seminal horror film Halloween.

Mr. Cundey's skills and considerable knowledge of cinematography, and his use of the steadycam which, at the time, was relatively new technology, marked him as a fresh young talent in filmmaking.

Halloween marked the beginning of a fruitful relationship with Carpenter and the pair continued to work together collaborating on The Fog, Escape From New York, The Thing, Halloween II, Halloween III and Big Trouble in Little China. Mr. Cundey later developed a long working relationship with Robert Zemeckis, shooting a number of films with the renowned director including Romancing the Stone, all three Back to the Future films, Who Framed Roger Rabbit (for which Mr. Cundey received an Oscar nomination), and Death Becomes Her.

Greg Kegel
Generalist Supervisor // Industrial Light & Magic
(Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tomorrowland, Captain America: The Winter Soldier)

A graduate of UC Berkeley's Architecture program, Greg Kegel joined Industrial Light & Magic in the spring of 2013. Initially involved in special media marketing campaigns for architectural projects, Greg moved into the entertainment sector at Blur studio where he supervised 3d animation-based projects including commercials and video game cinematics for AAA franchises Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Far Cry, and Mass Effect, as well as VES nominated Prey 2 and film work for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel.

At ILM, Greg was a CG Supervisor on environment work for Oscar-nominated Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the soon to be released Tomorrowland. Greg now supervises ILM Vancouver's generalist environments group on current projects Jurrassic World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Warcraft.

Ian Hunter
Co-founder, Director, VFX Supervisor // New Deal Studios

Ian Hunter has established himself as a visionary storyteller in the field of motion picture visual effects and production, winning numerous awards for his work in both features and commercials.

Bringing his unique style and creative vision to each of his projects, Hunter has won several VES Awards for his work including sequences in The Dark Knight and Inception. He was recently a visual effect supervisor on the film Interstellar.

Hunter's directorial debut was the award-winning horror short "Allure", Two national Subway commercials followed. Hunter is also a member of the Visual Effects Society & the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and a Co-Founder of New Deal Studios. Ever the creator, Ian deftly parlays his experience in visual effects and film design into the cutting edge virtual reality world.

Jose Burgos
CG Supervisor // Industrial Light & Magic
(Warcraft, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Pacific Rim)

Jose Burgos joined Industrial Light & Magic as a Senior Technical Director in 2007 to work on Pirates of the Caribbean. Born in Medellin, Columbia, he started doing visual effects as a hobby, and soon after that, moved to working professionally in different countries as a generalist on commercials and television. Jose has had the privilege of working at some of the most prestigious studios in the visual effects industry, including Framestore, MPC, Weta, and ILM. He is a Gemini-award winner for Best Visual Effects and has also been nominated for multiple awards including the Primetime Emmy and the Visual Effects Society (VES).

As a CG Supervisor at ILM, Jose works with the VFX Supervisor, as well as the leads and department heads, to define the creative and technical approaches for the show. He also works with production to manage the day-to-day running of the teams, focusing efforts to improve overall efficiency and throughput.

Keith Blackmore
Educator // Vancouver Film School

For his entire life, Keith Blackmore has been a passionate voice, a cheerleader, an advocate, for visual effects and all things animated in Vancouver. As an active member of the local SIGGRAPH chapter and the Conference Chairman for SPARK Animation and SPARK FWD he has presented, interviewed and moderated at many festivals and studios in Vancouver. Keith has taught animation history & critical studies at the Vancouver Film School for almost 20 years and well as at Emily Carr University of Art & Design. When he's not teaching, he's watching cartoons in his underwear, while eating cereal.

Keith Miller
VFX Supervisor // Weta Digital
(Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Man of Steal, Avatar)

Keith has been creating cutting-edge visual effects with Weta Digital for over a decade now. From his work on Manhattan in Peter Jackson's King Kong to the floating mountains of Avatar and beyond, he continues to innovate within the world of feature film visual effects.

Keith has been nominated for multiple awards including a BAFTA nomination for his work on The Adventures of Tintin and four Visual Effects Society nominations recognizing his contributions to cinematography and environments; most recently on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Keith worked as a Visual Effects Supervisor on Man of Steel to create the extraordinary imagery of Krypton and also on last years Oscar nominated Iron Man 3. He has recently finished work as a Visual Effects Supervisor on this year's critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and is currently working on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Kevin Pike
SFX Supervisor // The Filmtrix Agency
(Fight Club, Back to the Future, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jaws)

An industry professional for 39 years, Kevin Pike started his career on Jaws in 1974, quickly rising through the ranks of the TV and studio system. Kevin received an Emmy for Visual Effects for Earth 2 as well as BAFTA and Oscar nominations for his work on Back to the Future.

Kevin joined the Directors' Guild of America in 1985, earning Clio awards and nominations for his work on commercials. He has been a member of ATAS since 1995 and for the AMPAS, he serves as a member of the Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee and has served on the Sci-Tech Committee, Foreign Language and Animation committees. Additionally, he is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, the Visual Effects Society and BAFTA.

Since 2009, he has been a Talent Agent with his Filmtrix Agency in Sherman Oaks, CA, representing Writers Producers, Directors and the Below-the-Line craftpersons.

Landon Bootsma
Digital Compositor // Industrial Light & Magic

Born and raised in Vancouver, Landon Bootsma has been deeply involved in the Vancouver VFX community. Mr. Bootsma was instrumental in helping grow the core team within MPC's Vancouver facility and was one of the first artists brought on board to work on Watchmen, which highlighted the beginning of MPC Vancouver.

In addition to his work as a compositor on everything from 300, and Fast Five to the upcoming Warcraft and his work with the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, Mr. Bootsma has been actively involved in mentoring and training students in several art schools in Vancouver, ensuring talent is developed in a way which contributes to the ever changing, fast-paced industry.

Larry Bafia
Faculty // Centre for Digital Media
(Mission Impossible II, Antz, Batman & Robin, Mars Attack!)

As Commercial Animation Director at PDI/Dreamworks, Larry directed commercials for top clients, Coca-Cola, Sega, Intel, Kraft, Target, Circle K, and Saturn. He was Sequence Lead Animator on "Antz," "Batman & Robin," "A Simple Wish," and on the effects team for "Mission Impossible II," "Forces of Nature," and "The Peacemaker." At Warner Brothers, Larry was Lead Animator for the Stop Motion Division on Tim Burton's feature, "Mars Attacks."

Larry started his stop-motion and Claymation career at the Will Vinton Studios, working on the California Raisins, Michael Jackson's Moonwalker, The Globeheads and commercial projects, then moving into CGI, animating characters for Chips Ahoy!, Raid and Fanta.

While he was Department Head of Animation and Visual Effects at the Vancouver Film School, the program was ranked 5th in the world by 3D World magazine.

Marina Antunes
Editor-in-Chief, Film Critic, Podcaster, Festival Director //,

Marina started writing about film in 2005 and launched a movie podcast in 2006, before they were commonplace. In 2007, Marina and a group of fellow film writers launched Row Three, a website for film fans with a passion for films beyond what's playing at the local theatre. Row Three is still going strong and now hosts five podcasts on film including After the Credits which Marina co-hosts.

In 2008, Marina joined the writing staff at Quiet Earth, one of the largest genre news websites on the internet. Marina became the Editor-in-Chief of Quiet Earth in 2014.

She also co-hosts Before the Dawn, a weekly podcast about movies, television shows and the books they're adapted from.

Marina is a member of the Online Film Critics Society. She joined the Spark CG Society as Festival Director in 2014.

Mat Krentz
VFX Supervisor // Image Engine

Mat graduated from the Centre for Digital Imaging & Sound in 2001. He made his start in the industry as a compositor working at Rainmaker for 5 years, earning a VES nomination for outstanding compositing in a feature film and winning a Leo award. Wanting to grow as an artist and in skill set, Mat began taking jobs around the globe to learn new techniques and pipelines from world leading VFX facilities. Mat finally returned home in 2011 to help start up LOOK FX in Vancouver. He is a member of the Visual Effects Society and serves on the Vancouver board as the membership committee. Mat is currently working at Image Engine as the VFX supervisor on Game of Thrones season 5.

Matthew Gratzner
Co-founder, Director, VFX Supervisor // New Deal Studios

Matthew Gratzner is widely respected within the entertainment industry for his artistry and business acumen — a rare pairing of skills. Best known for feature-film visual effects work, Matthew has also directed numerous commercials over the last decade. As a Visual Effects Supervisor and co-founder of New Deal Studios, Matthew received an Emmy nomination for his work on the Tom Hanks/HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon and a BAFTA nomination for best visual effects for The Aviator.

Currently Matthew is finishing post on two films in the western series he directed and co-wrote, Hot Bath an' a Stiff Drink and is pioneering immersive cinematic Virtual Reality storytelling by creating [or directing] some of the first cinematic, narrative content.

Michael van den Bos
Film & Animation History Instructor, Film Critic, Sinatra Scholar

Michael van den Bos is a Vancouver-based film scholar, film history teacher and critic. For 17 years, Michael taught film theory at the Vancouver Film School. For five years, Michael taught motion picture history at the Pacific Audio Visual Institute, including a course in the history of 20th Century pop music. Michael currently teaches animation history at Capilano University in North Vancouver. Through the 1980's, 1990's and early 2000's, Michael worked in the Vancouver animation industry as a producer of animated films and TV programming. Michael is a popular live speaker and commentator about classic movies, appearing frequently at a variety of special film events and festivals, and is the Program Consultant and Host of the Cinema Sunday series at The Cinematheque, Vancouver's home of essential cinema, where he introduces classic family films.

Movie Mad

Nagin Cox
Mission Lead // NASA-JPL

Nagin graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering and a BA in Psychology and was commissioned as an officer in the US Air Force. Nagin worked in F-16 Aircrew Training and received a masters degree in Space Operations Systems Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. As a captain, Nagin served as an Orbital Analyst at NORAD/Space Command in Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs.

In 1993, Nagin joined JPL and has since served as a systems engineer and manager on multiple interplanetary robotic missions including NASA/JPL's Galileo mission to Jupiter, the Mars Exploration Rover Missions and the Kepler telescope mission to search for earth-like planets around other stars. Nagin is currently a Mission Lead for Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)- NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover that landed in August of 2012 and been exploring Mars ever since. Nagin has spoken to audiences around the US, in Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia on the stories of the people behind the missions.

NASA Mars Science Laboratory

Nicolas Aithadi
VFX Supervisor // MPC Film

Academy Award® nominated MPC VFX Supervisor Nicolas Aithadi began his career working as a draftsman for Cryo Interactive in Paris, where he learned to combine his own imaginative technical drawing skills with his knowledge of 3D computer modelling, eventually creating his own successful multimedia company before returning to the film industry.

Nicolas joined MPC in 2002 to work on Lara Croft Tomb Raider and The Medallion as a Lighting TD and quickly established himself as a well-respected and innovative senior artist.

Over the years Nicolas has worked in various positions on numerous films including Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire, 10,000 BC, X-Men: First Class and Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 for which he received an Oscar nomination.

Nicolas recently received Oscar, BAFTA and VES nominations for his work as MPC's Supervisor on Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, including bringing Groot to life among many other sequences.

Nicolas is currently MPC VFX Supervisor on Monster Trucks.

Pablo Grillo
Animation Director // Framestore

Pablo Grillo is the animation director who brought Paddington to life for his first big screen adventure, overseeing the team at visual effects studio Framestore. After completing a degree in zoology, Pablo started out a career in animation working for his father, award-winning animator and illustrator, Oscar Grillo. Finding that VFX allowed him to indulge his scientific as well as artistic side, Pablo joined Framestore in 2000 and has since worked on a variety of creatures and characters for film including the Hippogriff in Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban, the Oscar-winning polar bears in the Golden Compass and Dobby and Kreacher in Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows to name a few.

R. Christopher White
VFX Supervisor // Weta Digital
(The Hobbit Trilogy, Avatar, District 9)

As a Visual Effects Supervisor at Weta Digital, Chris has put his 18 years of film experience to use in creating compelling digital environments, characters and effects. He created the complex Goblin Caverns environment for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and led the creation of the photorealistic chimpanzees, orangutans and gorillas that were the stars of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. His work as a Visual Effects Supervisor on Rise and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey were each nominated for both a BAFTA and an Academy Award for Visual Effects. Chris has also received several VES awards over his career.

He has recently completed work as a Visual Effects Supervisor on the third installation of Peter Jackson's trilogy: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and is currently working on The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials.

Scott Belyea
Director // Barbershop Films

Scott Belyea has spent over a decade in the Canadian film industry. His diverse skills and adaptability have landed him in various departments as writer, director, editor, producer, cinematographer and post-production supervisor. His short works have played internationally, garnering audience, critical acclaim and awards including Best Film at various festivals across the globe. Scott lives in Vancouver and works as a commercial director with Barbershop Films.


Thaddeus Parkinson
Lighting Lead // Industrial Light & Magic

Tim Belsher
CG Supervisor // Industrial Light & Magic
(Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tomorrowland, Unbroken, Captain America: The Winter Soldier)

Tim Belsher joined the California office of Industrial Light & Magic in 2002 as a CG Software Engineer and then transferred to a Technical Director position in 2004. Tim then re-joined Industrial Light & Magic in 2012 as a CG Supervisor on Pacific Rim when they opened their Vancouver office. Prior to re-joining ILM Vancouver he worked as a CG Supervisor at Image Engine on District 9, and as a Pipeline Supervisor and subsequently a CG Supervisor at Digital Domain Vancouver. Tim is a graduate of Simon Fraser University's Computing Science Program.

As a CG Supervisor at ILM, Tim works closely with the VFX Supervisor, other CG Supervisors and Production monitoring the work of the employees in the Lookdev, Lighting and Effects Departments. His daily work revolves around moving shots forward from a technical and aesthetic standpoint. Some of his more recent involved projects have included Unbroken and Tomorrowland, and he is currently working on Avengers 2: Age of Ultron.

Zach Lipovsky
Director, VFX Artist // Zeeworks Pictures

Zach Lipovsky is a Vancouver-based Director and VFX artist. His first short film Crazy Late, won the 2005 Crazy 8s and went on to place him as a contestant in On the Lot, a television series produced by Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett. At 23, Zach was the only Canadian filmmaker to make it to the top 18, beating out 12,000 filmmakers.

Finishing 5th on the show, Zach began directing commercials and working in the LA area. In late 2011, Zach directed his first feature-length movie, Tasmanian Devils, a Syfy Original monster movie starring Danika McKeller (Wonder Years) and famed speed-skater, Apolo Ohno.

Next, partnering with a group of filmmaking friends from his childhood, Zach co-produced and was Special Effects Supervisor for Afflicted, a Canadian genre found-footage film that sold at Cannes to CBS, E1 and Sony. In 2013, the film premiered at TIFF, winning Best Canadian First Feature. The film went on to win Best Picture, Screenplay and Direction at Austin Fantastic Fest and Best Special Effects at Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia. The film has recently been nominated for "Best Visual Effects" at the Canadian Screen Awards.

Zach then directed the reboot of the Leprechaun Franchise for Lionsgate and WWE Studios, Leprechaun: Origins. Zach was tapped by the Hollywood Reporter as one of the Next Generation: 20 Young Canadian Stars on the Rise in LA, and in 2014, Playback, Canada's Film Industry Magazine, featured him as one of The 2014 New Establishment – Top 5 to Watch.

Zach is currently directing his next feature in Vancouver for Legendary Pictures, Sony Pictures & Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Based on the popular video game Dead Rising, the film will be released on March 27, 2015.

Zach is also the co-founder and designer of Shot Lister, the world's leading shot-list and mobile scheduling app.

Zachary Cole
VFX Supervisor // nZane Productions

Zachary Cole brings over 14 years of experience to the industry, having joined ILM as a digital artist in 2001. There he worked on numerous films such as Star Wars: Episode III and the Academy Award-winning Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Manís Chest. He also worked as a compositor on films such as Tron: Legacy with Digital Domain and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with Weta Digital. Zach has extensive experience as a compositor on a wide range of national commercials, music videos, documentaries and independent projects, filling roles ranging from editor to director to visual effects supervisor. He helped with the restoration of the 1979 film El Capitan, was visual effects supervisor on the independent short films The Sand Storm (Telluride premiere) and Oedipus (Sundance premiere). Zach has also co-produced and edited his own feature-length documentary called Burn on the Bayou, based on volunteers working on the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. Zach graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor of science in computer science and a minor in fine arts.

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