Visual Effects Panel - 9/28/11
A fantastic event was had, with the help of PR company Hype, discussing Visual Effects for indie filmmakers.
GUEST SPEAKERS: VFX Supervisors, Mark Youngren (STAR TREK, THE LAST AIRBENDER, TRANSFORMERS), Dan Schmit (SOUL SURFER, A SINGLE MAN) and Matthew Merkovich (DATE NIGHT, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, MINORITY REPORT).
FEEDBACK FROM VFX NIGHT:
"Excellent expert panel! Very informative in a fun and open forum"
Trish W. Los Angeles
"Sensational event. Great access to experienced, open, helpful minds."
Cameron Alexander. Los Angeles.
"The panel guests and subject matter were absolutely fascinating."
Chris M. Los Angeles.
"A good networking event for filmmakers. First one I've been to and can't wait to do it again."
Turner, Los Angeles.
"Great place to learn and meet like minded artists."
Kevin Fintland, Los Angeles.
"Inspiring to take the next step as a serious filmmaker."
Dallas King, UCLA Film, Los Angeles.
"Getting people together and talking, as we did tonight, is a great way to get this process started!"
Diana C, Los Angeles.
"The knowledge the panelists imparted, greatly effected me!"
Darl P. San Francisco.
"Tonight's event gave independent filmmakers a idea on what to do and what not to do with VFX."
Frith, Los Angeles.
"Friendly, comfortable, inexpensive, well-moderated, knowledgeable and good vibes!"
Graham J. Santa Monica.
Splice VFX Supervisor/FLAME Artist Mark Youngren pioneered leading-edge visual effects and concepts for over 10 years for such commercial clients as Target, BMW, Volvo, Coca-Cola, Mattel, General Mills, and Best Buy, before he segued his extensive experience into a position in the Inferno/Sabre department at ILM. His 20-year background in motion control, animation, lighting and effects combined with on-set supervisory experience allowed him a unique ability to create stunning and complex visual effects. Prior to his work at ILM, Mark held positions at Fischer Edit, Tele-Edit, and Lamb & Co. Mark is a graduate of Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), with an emphasis in Film. Youngren’s recent move to SPLICE is a return to his creative roots in Minneapolis, as well as the opportunity to collaborate closely with clients again and create visual effects for a diversity of projects.
Founder and owner of Engine Room, Dan Schmit graduated from Cal-Arts in 1989 with a focus on directing experimental animation, motion control and optical
compositing. After 13 years in the industry, he started Engine Room in 2001 as a hybrid studio that bridges the service areas of post visual effects, live action and motion graphic design.
As creative director, Dan oversees the myriad of post projects undertaken by ER and was VFX Supe on recent features Soul Surfer, A Single Man and The Runaways. Following Dan's varied
career path ER crosses many industry boundaries with a strong presence in television as the sole provider of digital effects for The Mentalist, Through The Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, The Nine
Lives of Chloe King and many other episodics. Together, the studio has produced the VFX for over 40 Disney Channel Original Movies and hundreds of films, television and new media projects.
As a Cinematographer, Dan heads Engine Room's unique DP-driven production company, which regularly shoots special projects for film major studios, networks and commercial
Matthew Merkovich made his first movie over thirty years ago when he was nine years old. All he had was a few pounds of clay and a super 8 camera, but with
that he created a prehistoric adventure with fighting dinosaurs decades before Jurassic Park. For the last fifteen years he has worked in TV and film, on big summer
blockbusters to small indie films. He is an Emmy nominated member of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences. He's worked on Babylon 5, Star Trek:
Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and more recently the hit show The Closer, Saving Grace and Leverage, produced by Dean
Devlin. In the feature film arena you might recognize the analysis room scenes from Minority Report where Tom Cruise searches through clues of future
murders, the helicopter battle scenes from Black Hawk Down and much of the open water adventure Master and Commander. Most recently he has been collecting awards and recognition for his own short films on the festival circuit while also collaborating with other directors and producers
to bring their stories to the screen.
The Hype on Hype
Hype is an entertainment communications agency that provides brand-strategic writing, publicity and marketing services to a diverse roster of clients in the feature film, television, commercial, music video, and music industries. We call them Hypesters because they are part of the club, a great and talented group of clients with whom we enjoy a productive and fun collaboration.
Opened as a counterpoint to larger agencies servicing the talents behind the scenes, our boutique agency features an extremely hands-on approach to clients and a working methodology that positions Hype as a resource to members of the media.
We work hard on behalf of our clients and have fun at what we do because we enjoy promoting talent and creativity. Ever heard the phrase, "Don't believe the Hype?" Well now you can.
FUTURE ROUNDTABLES/PANELS IN THE WORKS:
FUNDING YOUR INDIE/SHOOTING WITH DSLRs.
Roundtables provide an event where you will have the chance to sit down and not only listen to industry professionals discuss their craft in conversations with the host and/or with each other, but also, where you will be able to interact and have your own questions answered.
These events will begin with a panel and then will enable a more personal 'sitting down for coffee and chat' on a one to one basis. The Roundtables will range from one table with one professional discussing one specific field of the filmmaking process for the evening (from production to casting, shooting to editing, and funding to distribution).
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