SPARK FX 2018: CONFERENCE
February 10, 2018

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SPARK FX 2018: CONFERENCE
Celebrating innovation and inspiration
February 10, 2018


Conference: Saturday, February 10 – 9 am to 6 pm
Career Fair: Saturday, February 10 – 9:15 am to 5 pm
Diversity Summit: Sunday, February 11 – 10 am to 5 pm

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute information about what’s going on and who’s on stage.

We hope to see you there.



SCHEDULE

DAY 1SATURDAY - FEBRUARY 10, 2018
9:00 amPRESENTATION
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – TBA
moderator: Ian Failes with Dan Seddon
10:30 amPRESENTATION
THE VISUAL EFFECTS OF BLADE RUNNER 2049
moderator: Zoe Cranley with Chris McLaughlin
12:00 pmPRESENTATION
DISCOVERING THE VFX OF STAR TREK
moderator: Pierre-Luc Labbée with Mahmoud Rahnama
1:30 pmPRESENTATION
REAL-TIME FILMMAKING: INSIDE NEILL BLOMKAMP'S LATEST SHORTS
moderator: Larry Bafia with Chris Harvey
3:00 pmPRESENTATION
PADDINGTON 2: THE CHARMING SIDE OF A CG BEAR
moderator: Sue Rowe with Claire Michaud & Pablo Grillo
4:30 pmPRESENTATION
WAR FOR PLANET OF THE APES – TBA
with Dan Lemmon & Joel Whist


Saturday - February 10, 8:00 AM
CONFERENCE PASS
SPARK FX CONFERENCE PASS 2018

Regular: $150 // Groups (5+): $135*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.


Saturday - February 10, 9:00 AM
PRESENTATION
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – TBA
a presentation by Industrial Light & Magic
moderator: Ian Failes with Dan Seddon

VENUE:
VIFF Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St. (@ Davie)

Coming soon.


Saturday - February 10, 10:30 AM
PRESENTATION
THE VISUAL EFFECTS OF BLADE RUNNER 2049
a presentation by Double Negative
moderator: Zoe Cranley with Chris McLaughlin

VENUE:
VIFF Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St. (@ Davie)

This talk, by CG Supervisor Chris McLaughlin, will focus on the creative and technical challenges behind Double Negative’s work on Blade Runner 2049, and the tools and techniques used to create the brutalist Los Angeles of 2049, the transformative holographic effects of Joi, and the climactic seawall sequence.


Saturday - February 10, 12:00 PM
PRESENTATION
DISCOVERING THE VFX OF STAR TREK
a presentation by Pixomondo
moderator: Pierre-Luc Labbée with Mahmoud Rahnama

VENUE:
VIFF Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St. (@ Davie)

Coming soon.


Saturday - February 10, 1:30 PM
PRESENTATION
REAL-TIME FILMMAKING: INSIDE NEILL BLOMKAMP'S LATEST SHORTS
a presentation by Oats Studios
moderator: Larry Bafia with Chris Harvey

VENUE:
VIFF Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St. (@ Davie)

Coming soon.


Saturday - February 10, 3:00 PM
PRESENTATION
PADDINGTON 2: THE CHARMING SIDE OF A CG BEAR
a presentation by Framestore
moderator: Sue Rowe with Claire Michaud & Pablo Grillo

VENUE:
VIFF Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St. (@ Davie)

Slip on your duffle coat and help yourself to a generous spread of marmalade: Paddington is back. Having animated the bear for his first big-screen outing back in 2014, Framestore rejoined the team to bring the iconic character to cinemas once more in 2017’s Paddington 2. Described in early reviews as ‘a work of art built up from thousands of tiny, thoughtful details’ (Hollywood Reporter), the second cinematic instalment of the beloved bear has earned the film a 100% rating on review website Rotten Tomatoes, with Framestore working on around 1300 shots of the final film and 700 shots of Paddington Bear.


Saturday - February 10, 4:30 PM
PRESENTATION
WAR FOR PLANET OF THE APES – TBA
a presentation by Weta Digital
with Dan Lemmon & Joel Whist

VENUE:
VIFF Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St. (@ Davie)

Coming soon.


BIOGRAPHIES

Chris Harvey
VFX Supervisor // Oats Studios

Chris HarveyIn a near 2-decade long career, Visual Effects Supervisor Chris Harvey has become known among the directors, producers and peers he works with for his collaborative skills, sharp eye for effective storytelling practices and dedication to artistic excellence with a track record of production efficiency. With projects ranging from Tron Legacy, to Zero Dark Thirty and Chappie his mix of technical and artistic abilities have provided unique insights into both realms of our industry, allowing him to innovate and adapt to a multitude of challenges. “I believe that there is no such thing as standing still,” Harvey said. “You are either moving forward or you are moving backwards... I want to be pushing ahead.”

www.oatsstudios.com
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Chris McLaughlin
CG Supervisor // Double Negative

Chris McLaughlinChris McLaughlin, a DFX Supervisor at Double Negative, is currently hard at work on the much-anticipated Deadpool 2. He joins this project fresh from his duties as CG Supervisor on the highly acclaimed Blade Runner 2049.

Joining Dneg in 2010, Chris quickly moved into a Sequence Supervision role in 2013 with Ron Howard’s adrenaline-fueled biopic Rush, Terminator Genisys and The Huntsman: Winter’s War, which was his first project in Double Negative’s Vancouver studio following his transfer from London. He has since progressed to the role of CG Supervisor, working on projects such as Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them and Blade Runner 2049.

In 2009, following a successful career in Architecture in both Glasgow and London, Chris re-trained to work in VFX, graduating with a Masters in Digital Effects from Bournemouth University. He landed his first VFX role at Double Negative’s London office shortly afterwards, going on to work on films such as 2010’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, John Carter and Fast & Furious 6.

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Claire Michaud
Lighting Supervisor // Framestore London

Claire MichaudBorn and raised in France, Claire Michaud graduated from Supinfocom in 2006. She moved to London the same year and started her career working for commercials and music videos at Passion Pictures for 4 years (Gorillaz stylo, Compare the Meerkat).

She joined Framestore in December 2011 and has since contributed as lighting lead and supervisor on movies such as Gravity, Jupiter Ascending, Beauty & the Beast and Paddington2. This year, she is supervising the lighting on Mowgli to be released in October 2018.

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Dan Lemmon
VFX Supervisor // Weta Digital

Dan LemmonDan is known for his work as Visual Effects Supervisor on The Jungle Book and the Planet of the Apes trilogy. He received an Academy Award® for The Jungle Book and was nominated for an Academy Award® and BAFTA Award for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Both films won Visual Effects Society Awards for Most Outstanding Visual Effects.

Dan has contributed to six films that have won Academy Awards® for Visual Effects and has also won the VES Award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial and a Gold Clio for his commercial work. He is an active member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the Visual Effects Society.

Dan joined Weta Digital in 2002 to work on The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. He was Digital Effects Supervisor on Peter Jackson’s King Kong and served as Visual Effects Supervisor on Avatar and Man of Steel. He has recently finished supervising War for the Planet of the Apes.

www.wetadigital.com
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Dan Seddon
VFX Supervisor // Industrial Light & Magic

Dan SeddonDaniel joined Industrial Light & Magic in 2014 as Associate Visual Effects Supervisor. After first supervising Wanda Wuhan, a theme park ride, Daniel went on to supervise The Avengers: Age of Ultron in collaboration with ILM’s San Francisco studio. Having supervised a number of other films with ILM, Daniel is now a Visual Effects Supervisor in ILM Vancouver.

As a Visual Effects Supervisor at ILM, Daniel is responsible for the quality of work from all departments and approving shots as they progress. Daniel’s daily routine includes designing the approach and look of shots as well as reviewing them before presenting to the client or show supervisor. Prior to joining ILM, Daniel has worked at Method Studios, Framestore and the BBC. He’s worked in a number of capacities from TD, to Head of 3D, to Creative Director. Daniel has a strongly technical background, having developed project specific software and tools that he’s presented on at the SIGGRAPH conference. Also, Daniel has earned a number of creative awards, including three Visual Effects Society Awards, for different projects throughout his career.

Daniel is from Manchester in the UK and has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Computer Graphics. He lives with his wife Wendy and young son Felix in Vancouver.

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Ian Failes
Freelance VFX and Animation Writer // vfxblog.com

IanIan is a former lawyer and now Sydney-based writer specializing in VFX, animation and post production. He is the author of ‘Masters of FX,’ which profiles 16 visual effects supervisors from around the world.

He was a senior writer for fxguide for five years and now contributes to several publications, including Cartoon Brew (as VFX and tech editor), 3D Artist magazine, MovieMaker magazine, Inverse, Thrillist, Digital Arts and Empire Magazine, as well as publishing VFX retrospectives on his own site vfxblog.com.

Ian also maintains the world’s largest memorabilia collection from the movie, Speed.

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Joel Whist
Special Effects Supervisor // Weta Digital
(War for Planet of the Apes, Batman vs Superman, Godzilla, Watchmen)

Joel WhistA 30-year veteran of the industry, special effects supervisor Joel Whist’s passion for movies began in Kamloops, BC with the single movie theatre which brought the latest movies to town. His interest was supported and largely fuelled by his mother who provided a steady stream of books and magazines on special effects. His dream of working in the movies led him to UBC, where he studied mechanical engineering before entering the industry in the late 80s.

Over the years, Joel has worked on over 60 productions in both TV and film including Watchmen, Sucker Punch, Godzilla , The BFG, Batman vs Superman, War for the Planet of the Apes and the upcoming Netflix series, Altered Carbon.

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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.

www.thecdm.ca
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Mahmoud Rahnama
VFX Supervisor // Pixomondo Toronto

Mahmoud RahnamaAfter studying Computer Animation and Visual Effects, Mahmoud started his professional career in 2003. Throughout the past decade, he has worked on various feature films, TV series and commercials.

Mahmoud joined Pixomondo in early 2011 as CG and VFX Supervisor. Since then he has worked on feature and episodic projects including Oblivion, Hugo, Sleepy Hollow, Da Vinci’s Demons, Snow White and The Huntsman, The Amazing Spiderman, and most recently Marco Polo. In addition to project supervision, Mahmoud is one of the managers for Pixomondo’s Toronto office.

Prior to Pixomondo, Mahmoud was at C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures where he had worked on projects such as Silent Hill, SAW II, The Tudors, Lucky Number Slevin, and Splice.

Mahmoud has been teaching Visual Effects at Seneca College for almost a decade and has been a mentor to many young Visual Effects artists in Toronto.

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Pablo Grillo
Animation Supervisor // Framestore London
(Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Paddington, Harry Potter franchise)

Pablo GrilloPablo Grillo is the animation supervisor who brought Paddington to life for his first big screen adventure, overseeing the team at visual effects studio Framestore. With a famous animator for a father (Oscar), rebellion for Pablo meant studying Zoology. He didn’t stay away from animation for long though and found VFX allowed him to indulge his scientific as well as artistic side, joining Framestore in 2000 as an animator on Dinotopia.

The degree soon came in handy, as he helped create more and more elaborate creatures. He was lead animator on the Hippogriff in Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban and supervisor on the Grindylows in The Goblet of Fire, and Dobby and Kreacher in The Deathly Hallows, taking a break Hogwarts in the middle work on the Oscar-winning polar Bears in The Golden Compass. In 2012 he was reunited with Harry Potter Producer David Heyman to take on Paddington — ‘the dream character job,’ as he puts it.

However, the world of JK. Rowling called again, with the incredibly successful Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which saw Pablo take on the animation direction for the entire film, working closely with David Hayes and various VFX vendors to achieve the desired looks of all the creatures featured. He is currently working on Paddington 2.

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Pierre-Luc Labbée
Founder // rhum.hr
(Blade Runner 2049, Stranger Things 2, Paddington, Jungle Book)

Pierre-Luc LabbeePierre-Luc is the founder of rhum — humans and resources. For the last 12 years, he has been traveling around the world and on the web to meet the best possible talents, in highly competitive and creative fields such as gaming, advertising and VFX. He understands the challenges of attracting, hiring and managing creative talent, and is now a reference when it comes to getting the pulse of the market and create effective and creative talent pipelines.





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Sue Rowe
VFX Supervisor // Sony Pictures Imageworks

SueSue Rowe joined Sony’s Vancouver team as one of the industries most experienced VFX supervisors with almost 20 years in the industry, uniquely talented in traditional animation, 3D animation and compositing. Her latest project was the eagerly anticipated Independence Day: Resurgence (Fox).

Sue’s wealth of knowledge as an on set supervisor has proved invaluable during many productions such as The Maze Runner (Fox), John Carter (Disney) and Golden Compass (New Line), Sue’s experience spans previz through shoot supervision (including prep for Motion-Control, HDRI photography) right through to the end product, supervising a huge team of artists in-house to complete your VFX Movie.

She is an asset as an overall supervisor and will join your creative team with ease alongside Production Supervisors and Directors.

One of Sue’s most noteworthy projects is The Golden Compass which was awarded the VFX Academy Award in 2008 along with a BAFTA that same year. Later that year, Sue was recognized for her outstanding achievements and was awarded the Panalux Craft Award at the annual Women in Film and Television Awards. Sue’s made the long list for the Oscars for the visually acclaimed John Carter in 2012. Prior to that in 2009, Sue was nominated for an Emmy for the TV film Into the Storm.

Sue had a bust 2016 completing 200 shots for Warner on The Legend of Tarzan and 300 shots for Fox on Independence Day: Resurgence.

“I love a technical challenge and to travel, VFX combines both these passions so I am really looking forward to my next project with Sony and look forward to bringing my creative talents to your film.”

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Zoe Cranley
CG Supervisor // Double Negative

ZoeZoe Cranley joined Dneg as a Render Wrangler in 2005. Originally based in London, she progressed through roles as Matchmove Artist, Generalist TD, Lighting TD, Lighting Lead and CG Sequence Supervisor working on the likes of Harry Potter: The Order of the Phoenix, The Dark Knight, Sherlock Holmes, and John Carter. In early 2012 Zoe moved over to Dneg Singapore, originally as CG Sequence Supervisor before moving on to become CG Supervisor on the likes of Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Muppets Most Wanted, and Godzilla. In 2015, Zoe took on the challenge of heading to British Columbia to help set up Dneg Vancouver. She worked as CG Supervisor on Alice Through the Looking Glass, and has recently completed work on Wonder Woman.


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