INSPIRING CHANGE: Building on 20 Years of VES Innovation

We learn from luminaries and trailblazers: Technical wizards. Enlightened storytellers. Fearless problem-solvers. VR pioneers. Industry thought-leaders. VFX Visionaries.

We revel in the talent, creative genius, business acumen and passion that bring us remarkable imagery and unforgettable stories.

We demo new technology. We talk drones, virtual reality, robots, games storytelling, immersive experiences and the changing face of filmed entertainment. We honor the past, engage in the present and forge new paths that push the boundaries of what’s possible.

Come join us for the 9th Annual VES Summit!

Save the Date - Saturday, October 28, 2017

So You Have a Screenplay: What Do You Do Next?
Moderator: Christopher Lockhart — Story Editor at WME
Christopher Lockhart is Hollywood’s foremost story professional. As Story Editor at WME, the world's largest diversified talent agency, Chris curates projects for A-list actors such as Denzel Washington, reading and exploring through piles of screenplays, magazines, books, old movies, TV shows, and... » more

Christopher Lockhart is Hollywood’s foremost story professional. As Story Editor at WME, the world's largest diversified talent agency, Chris curates projects for A-list actors such as Denzel Washington, reading and exploring through piles of screenplays, magazines, books, old movies, TV shows, and pitches in search of potential film projects.   

Chris began his career at International Creative Management (ICM), where he worked as script consultant to legendary talent agent Ed Limato, who represented industry giants such as Mel Gibson, Richard Gere, Michelle Pfeiffer, Liam Neeson, and Robert Downey, Jr.   Chris later moved to the venerable William Morris Agency, which eventually merged with Endeavor to form WME.

As an educator and consultant, Chris has lectured around the world on the craft and business of screenwriting, and he has advised on countless feature films.  Chris graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with an MFA in dramatic writing and was awarded the school's Public Service Prize for his dedication to public education. He is an adjunct professor at National University's Professional Screenwriting Program. He has also taught at LA Valley College and UCLA. His writing workshop The Inside Pitch was filmed for Los Angeles television, earning him an Emmy Award nomination.   Chris's creative counsel has been used on many hit films such as the 2016 Sundance Film Festival sensation The Birth of a Nation. 

Chris crossed over into film producing with the cult horror hit The Collector (2009) and its sequel The Collection (2012), which opened in the top ten box-office.   He also wrote and produced the award winning documentary Most Valuable Players (2010) which was acquired by OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), and that Matt Roush of TV Guide reviewed as the “Sleeper of the week...Charming and disarming…A genuine treat.”    Chris has set up several other projects, including A Rhinestone Alibi at Paramount, and Crooked Creek, a modern noir thriller.

Chris is a member of the Writers Guild, the Producers Guild, and the Television Academy.   He lives in Beverly Hills, CA and has an eight-year-old son. 
 

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The Future of Virtual Production
Moderator: Vince Baertsoen — Group CG Director, The Mill
Vince Baertsoen is Group CG Director at The Mill, where he is responsible for overseeing the communication and development of the CG pipeline across all offices, working closely with The Mill's Heads of 3D and all Supervisors, covering all disciplines, which include Rigging, Animation, Lighting, FX... » more

Vince Baertsoen is Group CG Director at The Mill, where he is responsible for overseeing the communication and development of the CG pipeline across all offices, working closely with The Mill's Heads of 3D and all Supervisors, covering all disciplines, which include Rigging, Animation, Lighting, FX, Modeling/Texturing and Previs. His mission is to improve and unify the pipeline and workflow across the group, and he is helping implement emerging technologies, such as VR, AR, realtime and interactive in the process.

Vince was previously Head of CG in NY, and supervised the animation and VFX on the VES Awarded and Gold Cannes Lion-winning PETA ‘98% Human,’ the VES-nominated Johnny Walker ‘Rock Giant,’ Hallmark’s ‘Motherbird,' as well as other high-profile jobs over the past 10 years.

He has collaborated with filmmakers and directors such as Fredrik Bond, Peter Thwaites, Chris Cunningham, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, and Pleix, to name a few, along with agencies including Droga5, BBDO, Ogilvy, Havas, Leo Burnett, BBH and TBWA. Vince has been the Board Member of VES New York and has helped strengthen the VFX community in the New York area since 2013.

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Group VR: A Multi-Modal Approach
Moderator: D’nardo Colucci — President and Co-Founder of The Elumenati, LLC
D’nardo Colucci is President and co-founder of The Elumenati, LLC (2003).  Aside from business related responsibilities, he is responsible for overall system design matching immersive projection hardware and software solutions to customer needs,  He has a PhD in Optical Sciences from the University... » more

D’nardo Colucci is President and co-founder of The Elumenati, LLC (2003).  Aside from business related responsibilities, he is responsible for overall system design matching immersive projection hardware and software solutions to customer needs,  He has a PhD in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona Optical Sciences Center.

D’nardo has over 20 years experience designing optical systems including adaptive optics for telescopes, laser scanning
systems, custom lenses for theme park rides, head-mounted displays for virtual and augmented reality applications, optical
tracking systems and of course spherical projection systems.  D’nardo has been awarded 10 patents.

Previous positions include Staff Scientist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Computer Sciences Department, Director of Optical Engineering at Elumens Corporation and Industrial Liaison at the University of Minnesota Digital Design Consortium.

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Cloud Based Computing/Workflows: What’s the Latest
Moderator: Kevin Baillie — Conductor Technologies and Atomic Fiction
Kevin is a co-founder and VFX Supervisor at Atomic Fiction, an effects company with studios in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Montreal. In the 7 years since co-founding Atomic Fiction, he has supervised visuals for two Star Trek movies, two Transformers franchise installments, and the award-winning... » more

Kevin is a co-founder and VFX Supervisor at Atomic Fiction, an effects company with studios in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Montreal. In the 7 years since co-founding Atomic Fiction, he has supervised visuals for two Star Trek movies, two Transformers franchise installments, and the award-winning effects for Robert Zemeckis’s live action films, Flight and The Walk. He most recently wrapped production on Zemeckis’s film Allied.

Prior to launching Atomic Fiction, Baillie supervised at ImageMovers Digital on cutting-edge motion capture feature films, and helmed VFX at The Orphanage on critically-acclaimed movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Night at the Museum, Superman Returns, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Hellboy.

Kevin is also CEO of Conductor Technologies, a company breaking new ground by offering high-capacity, on-demand rendering to the masses using cloud computing technologies.

Baillie’s film career began very early on, when he joined Lucasfilm’s JAK Films division as a pre-visualization artist on Star Wars Episode I at the age of 18.
 

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Beautiful and Believable Cities for Film, TV, and Gaming
Moderator: Dominik Tarolli — Esri, Director, Global Business Development 3D Geodesign
Dominik is the Director for Global Business Development 3D Geodesign at Esri Inc. in Redlands (CA), where innovative 3D solutions for Esri’s customers are developed. He is instrumental in Esri's efforts for the entertainment industry and works with entertainment companies all over the world (Walt... » more

Dominik is the Director for Global Business Development 3D Geodesign at Esri Inc. in Redlands (CA), where innovative 3D solutions for Esri’s customers are developed. He is instrumental in Esri's efforts for the entertainment industry and works with entertainment companies all over the world (Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, Double Negative, Dreamworks, Scanline VFX, etc.). Previous he was a co-founder of Procedural Inc., the maker of the modeling software for 3D urban environments CityEngine, which was acquired in 2011 by Esri.

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Digital Humans: Bridging the Uncanny Valley
Moderator: Darren Hendler — Director Digital Human Group, Digital Domain
Darren Hendler is a 20-year veteran of the visual effects industry, where he has contributed his talents to more than 15 feature films and scores of commercials. In his current role at Digital Domain, Darren is responsible for spearheading new technology to create photo-real creatures and digital... » more

Darren Hendler is a 20-year veteran of the visual effects industry, where he has contributed his talents to more than 15 feature films and scores of commercials. In his current role at Digital Domain, Darren is responsible for spearheading new technology to create photo-real creatures and digital humans across all platforms. A few of the feature films that Darren has contributed to include Beauty and the Beast, FF7, Maleficent, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, The Golden Compass, Percy Jackson & The Olympians and I-Robot.Darren is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and hold a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University Of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

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Producing VFX in Korea and China: The Process & Challenges
Moderator: Karin Joy — VFX Producer
Karin Joy is a freelance VFX Producer and Consultant.  She is currently working as the VFX Producer for Crazy Alien, a film currently shooting in Qingdao, China.  Last year she was the VFX Producer on Okja, which shot mostly in Korea.  Prior to that she was the LA based Executive Producer for EDI... » more

Karin Joy is a freelance VFX Producer and Consultant. 

She is currently working as the VFX Producer for Crazy Alien, a film currently shooting in Qingdao, China.  Last year she was the VFX Producer on Okja, which shot mostly in Korea.  Prior to that she was the LA based Executive Producer for EDI Effetti Digitali Italiani, one of the top visual effects companies in Italy.  

Karin has served as the Production side VFX producer for Academy Award nominee I-Robot, VES Nominated Charlotte’s Web.  Other projects she has worked on are: X-Men, Species, Drop Zone, Waterworld, True Lies, Multiplicity, Air Force One, Armageddon, Thirteen Days, Rat Race, Windtalkers, Message in a Bottle, Michael Jackson’s This Is it, The Forbidden Kingdom, and Thunder Run, to name a few.

She has had the opportunity to work at some of the top facilities in the world, starting with Boss Film Studios, Cinesite, Station X, Rezn8, Complete Post, Dreamworks Animation, Entity FX, Digital Sandbox, and was Head of Production at Animal Logic in Sydney, Australia.

Karin is a member of the Visual Effects Society and the Producers Guild of America.  When not working, she is an avid tennis player, world traveler and admitted wine and food enthusiast.  Karin has enjoyed her many collaborations over the years and is always amazed and impressed with what her colleagues in the visual effects industry are able to accomplish.   

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