News: Visual Effects Society Names Marvel Studios EVP Victoria Alonso as VES Summit Keynote Speaker
Academy Award-winning VFX Artists, Cinematographers and Production Designers Headline Visual Imagery Panel; Industry Leaders Host 14 Interactive Business Roundtables
(Los Angeles, California--October 9, 2014) Today, the Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s professional honorary society, announced Victoria Alonso, Executive Vice President of Visual Effects and Post Production, Marvel Studios as Keynote Speaker at its 6th annual Summit, “Networking and Visual Imagery Evolution.” The interactive forum on Saturday, October 18th will bring together top creatives, executives, thought leaders and visionaries from diverse disciplines to explore the dynamic evolution of visual imagery and illustrate new pathways to creativity and problem solving in a TED Talks–like atmosphere.
Alonso is currently executive producing writer/director Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and Peyton Reed’s Antman for Marvel Studios. She executive produced James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World, Shane Black's Iron Man 3, as well as Marvel’s The Avengers for Joss Whedon. She also co–produced Iron Man and Iron Man 2 with director Jon Favreau, Kenneth Branagh’s Thor, and Joe Johnston’s Captain America: The First Avenger. Alonso’s career began at the nascency of the visual effects industry, when she served as a commercial VFX producer. From there, she VFX–produced numerous feature films, working with such directors as Ridley Scott (Kingdom of Heaven), Tim Burton (Big Fish) and Andrew Adamson (Shrek), to name a few.
Visual Imagery Panel – the VES Summit will feature a special panel discussion exploring the question, What constitutes Visual Imagery… and what do many of the recent award winners for VFX, Cinematography, Production Design have in common? Is visual effects the common denominator or is it animation, as can be argued by the manipulation of actors’ bodies, heads and facial features. Perhaps it's cinematography and/or a large amount of the credit can go to production design as shown by the seamless integration of non–existent sets and the interchangeable use of physical and digital props and set–pieces. And obviously, the director’s vision is shepherded to fruition by all these amazing artists. With the forethought and planning required for virtual production, the art and science that goes into this process requires great collaboration, and this panel will try to sort out "what's what?" and how best to work together to get the magic on screen as intended.
Business Roundtables – the VES Summit interactive discussions are moderated by innovators and senior executives from Bad Robot Productions, CBS Digital, Encore, HBO, Shotgun Software, Twitch, TBWA/Chiat Day, USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Roundtable sessions include:
CROWD FUNDING – Animation Episodes 10 Minutes at a Pop
Moderator: Brandon Fayette — VFX Supervisor at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions
HBO GAME OF THRONES – Proactive Production Success with Game of Thrones and other HBO Series
Moderator: Stephen Beres — Vice President, Media & Technology Operations Group, HBO
VIRTUAL REALITY: HOW IT'S CHANGING FILMMAKING – The latest VR developments in content and technology
Moderator: George Bloom — Executive Producer, CBS Digital
VIDEO GAMES AND REAL TIME RENDERING – Exploring Companies, Technology and Business Models
Moderator: David Johnson — Lead Visual Effects Artist, Infinity Ward Studio
VFX FOR TELEVISION – Doing a Feature in a 100th of the Time
Moderator: Stephan Fleet — Executive Creative Director, Encore
MARS ROVER – Using Imagery to Maneuver in Other Worldly Ways
Moderator: Frank Hartman — Senior Software Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
LIVE–STREAMED ENTERTAINMENT / TWITCH TV – Navigating the Waters of New Media
Moderator: Matthew dipietro — Vice President of Marketing, Twitch
INSTITUTE FOR CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES – From the Ivory Tower to the Silver Screen
Moderator: Paul Debevec — Associate Director of Graphics Research at USC's Institute for Creative Technologies
ENTREPRENEURSHIP – How to Create a Successful Business in Today's Climate
Moderator: Don Parker — CEO and Co–founder, Shotgun Software
COMMERCIALS – Understanding Client Expectations
Moderator: Sarah Patterson — Executive Producer, TBWA/Chiat Day, Los Angeles
EXPERIENTIAL MEDIA – Creativity in Special Venue & Themed Media
Moderator: Brent Young — Principal and Creative Director, Super 78
FREELANCE: – Surviving as A Nomad
Moderator: Debra Blanchard Knight — President, Fringe Talent
CONTRACTING – Best Practices of Contracting
Moderator: Marc E. Hankin, Esq — Hankin Patent Law, APC
ANIMATION DOMINATION – Getting your Animated Project to Delivery Quicker and Prettier
Moderator: Dave Walvoord — Visual FX Supervisor
THE 2013 VES Summit takes place on Saturday, October 18th at the W Hotel in Hollywood, located at 6250 Hollywood Blvd.
The Summit is graciously sponsored and supported by: Method Studios, Houdini 3D Animation Tools, Digital Canvas, GenArts, Rotomaker, Deadline Hollywood, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and The Wrap.
For more information, visit http://www.visualeffectssociety.com/news–events/summit.
About the Visual Effects Society
The Visual Effects Society is a professional honorary society dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences and applications of visual effects and to upholding the highest standards and procedures for the visual effects profession. It is the entertainment industry's only official organization representing the extended global community of visual effects practitioners, including supervisors, artists, producers, technology developers, educators and studio executives. VES’ almost 3,000 members in 30+ countries worldwide contribute to all areas of entertainment – film, television, commercials, animation, music videos, games and new media.
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