May 27, 2017

Roundhouse Arts & Recreational Centre
Performance Theatre
181 Roundhouse Mews
Vancouver, Canada

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with Hal Hickel, Animation Supervisor, Industrial Light & Magic
May 27, 2017

$20 ea (incl GST)
(cash or credit only)

181 Roundhouse Mews
(corner of Pacific Ave & Davie St)

On May 25, 1977, Star Wars exploded across the big screen and changed our lives forever. The impact of Star Wars is not just limited to pop culture or even world politics. As science and technology advance, the world is little by little growing more and more like that galaxy far, far away. Join us May 27, 2017 as we celebrate forty years of the legacy, that is Star Wars.

A 12-year-old Hal Hickel was there in 1977, and he became determined to be a part of Star Wars. Twenty years later, Hickel would be the lead animator on Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. This past year, Hickel was nominated for the Academy Award for his role as Supervising Animator for Rogue One.

Join us as Hal Hickel goes from fan-boy to Supervisor, sharing his love of animation and the challenges his team faced on creating Rogue One’s K-2SO, Grand Moff Tarkin, the At-Acts walkers, and loads of space battle stuff.

Saturday - May 27, 1:30 PM
moderator: Larry Bafia with Hal Hickel

Roundhouse Arts & Recreational Centre
Performance Theatre
181 Roundhouse Mews
Vancouver, Canada

Industrial Light & Magic Animation Supervisor Hal Hickel will discuss the animation challenges of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.


Hal Hickel
Animation Supervisor // Industrial Light & Magic

HalAs a boy watching the original Star Wars in 1977 to becoming Supervising Animator for Rogue One, Hal Hickel has not dreamed the dream, but lived it as well.

At the age of 12, Hickel wrote a letter to Lucasfilm, outlining his ideas for a sequel to the original Star Wars movie (now known as Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope), and received a polite rejection letter from producer Gary Kurtz. The letter now hangs on the wall of Hickel’s office at ILM. Twenty years later, Hickel found himself working on Star Wars after all, as a lead animator on Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Hal Hickel studied Film Graphics at the California Institute of the Art before being hired by Will Vinton Studios as a clay animator and motion-control operator for commercials and television specials featuring the California Raisins, amongst other characters.

Hickel joined Industrial Light & Magic in 1996 as an animator for The Lost World: Jurassic Park. His special interest in animation lies in the challenge of integrating fantastic characters and creatures into live-action films. He was promoted to Lead Animator on his second film and was responsible for animating several characters in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.

In 2000, Hickel moved up to Animation Supervisor, teaming up with multi-Academy Award®-winning visual effects supervisor Dennis Muren on Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence. In 2007, his work on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest was recognized with both an Academy Award® for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Effects and the BAFTA for Best Achievement in Visual Effects.

In 2011, ILM went from making visual effects to making animation. With Hickel as the Animation Director on ILM’s first animated feature, Rango, would go on win the 2012 Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature.

Following his animation success Hickel joined forces with Guillermo del Toro, as the Animation Supervisor on the sci-fi epic, Pacific Rim, for which Hickel received his fifth BAFTA nomination and a Visual Effects Society Nomination for Outstanding Visual Effects. Hickel then moved from the giant robots to the Orcs of Warcraft. The epic fantasy/adventure based on the popular video game series was three years in the making and required his largest animation crew to date. As soon as Warcraft finished, Hickel jumped into production for Rogue One which introduced one of the best droids yet, K-2SO. Again Hickel would be nominated for an Academy Award®, VES Awards and BAFTA’s.

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

LarryAs 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.

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