***Please join us for a special edition of VFX Pros: Home Edition this Thursday, July 9th at 5pm PST -- Learn How to Spot and Shift Gender, Race & LGBTQI Bias
We naturally assign people into various social categories by traits, such as age, gender, race, and role. And some of our implicit or unconscious thinking includes stereotypes, which are traits that we associate with a category - and that can lead to discrimination if we are not careful.
How is Hollywood doing? What does that matter? And how do we make the unconscious conscious and change it?
Filmmaker and Nancy Malone Director of Inclusion Initiatives at the American Film Institute Tessa Blake will provide an incisive presentation on how to spot bias and how to change it, providing tangible ways that organizations, people and productions can make small changes that will make a big difference toward greater equity.
Tessa Blake is an award-winning filmmaker and television director (VERONICA MARS, RIVERDALE, BLACKLIST, A MILLION LITTLE THINGS). An AFI Directing Workshop for Women alumna, Tessa’s films have premiered at Cannes and SXSW, have won awards at Nantucket Film Festival and the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, have been honored by the Academy, and released theatrically. As Director of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women, Tessa innovated dynamic programs to advance equality in the industry. Now serving as the Nancy Malone Director of Inclusion Initiatives at AFI, Tessa continues that work, finding meaningful opportunities for diverse alumni, and working with industry partners toward sustained change.
The Summer issue of #VFXVoice is now live at VFXvoice.com!
In this issue, we go deep on the explosion of TV/streaming content, with a look at the VFX bidding process and profiles on HBO's Westworld and The Plot Against America, CBS All Access' Star Trek: Picard and Netflix' Lost in Space, Season 2. Heading to the big screen, we take a ridealong to Motherless Brooklyn's Penn Station. We get animated, delving into Ghost In The Shell's anime revival and Amazon.com's HYBRID. Catch our special profiles with
Magnopus Co-Founder and CEO Ben Grossmann and VFX Supervisor Jake Morrison, known for his stellar work in the Marvel Studios Cinematic Universe. In our tech & tools section, we look at new approaches in TV VFX, trends in gaming, VR/AR and the 5G revolution. And we continue to shine a light on our regional sections, with our story on Visual Effects Society - French Section in the City of Lights. Read on, VFXers!!
Have plans tomorrow afternoon?! Get ready for our next episode of VFX Pros: Home Edition on THURSDAY, JUNE 25TH at 3:30 PM (Pacific) -- a dynamic conversation on Retooling Your Career with a panel of seasoned recruitment pros.
What are the best tips on refreshing your image? How can you leverage your network to secure that next great position, amp up your marketable education and target your search? How can you get a leg up to move your CV and reel to the top of the pile? This session will give you hands-on advice and insider perspective from the studio and independent recruiting mindset to help you succeed on your career journey.
Our stellar panel includes -
-VES Board member and VP of Animation Recruitment at Nickelodeon Camille Eden
-Industrial Light & Magic Recruitment Consultant Lara Hopkins, whose experience spans four continents
-VES Board member and recruiter for BLT Recruiting, Inc. Susan Thurmond O’Neal
Check out Part 3 in our special #VFXVoice feature on how visual effects studios have taken on the challenge of COVID-19 and implemented remote working -- next up with Industrial Light & Magic, MR X and Cinesite.