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Full Schedule and Speakers Announced

We’re two weeks away from SPARK FX 2019, and if you haven’t done so yet, now is the time to check out the full schedule.

Presentations include behind-the-scenes looks at some of the best received movies of 2018, including Alfonso Cuarón’s 10-time Oscar®-nominated Roma, the Oscar®-nominated First Man, as well as one of the most eagerly-anticipated early releases of 2019: Alita: Battle Angel.

The conference opens on Friday, February 8 at 7PM when Sony Pictures Imageworks Animation Supervisor Joshua Beveridge, Look Developer and Lead Compositor Geeta Basantani, and Lead Animator Humberto Rosa take us behind the scenes of the Golden Globe-winning, Oscar®-nominated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

The Friday night panel is included free of charge to conference pass holders but a limited number of tickets are available for online purchase for $20 (incl. GST). Get them before they're gone!

Conference passes which provide you full access to all presentations are now available for $225 or $202.50 for groups of 5 or more (note that group pricing is only available through online advance sales).

Single session conference tickets to all presentations will also be available for $30 each. These are not available for online purchase and will be on sale at the venue on the day of the presentation.


Day 1 Friday · February 8, 2019
7:00 pm Swing Behind-the-Scenes of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
with Geeta Basantani, Humberto Rosa & Joshua Beveridge

Day 2 Saturday · February 9, 2019
9:00 am Creator Talk: Visual Effects & The Analog Art of Emotional Storytelling
with Robert Legato
10:45 am Bringing Soul to Welcome to Marwen
with Kevin Baillie
12:30 pm Alita: Battle Angel — The Art of Being Human
with Eric Saindon & Mike Cozens
2:15 pm First Man: Redefining In-Camera FX
with Frederik Lillelund & Michelle Eisenreich
4:00 pm Mary Poppins Returns: The Magic Behind the Curtains
with Christian Kaestner & Frederikke Glick
5:45 pm Forrest Gump: A VFX Retrospective
with George Murphy & Stephen Rosenbaum

Day 3 Sunday · February 10, 2019
9:00 am Journey to Atlantis: The VFX of Aquaman
with Jeff White, Cedric Lo, Gary Wu, Georg Kaltenbrunner, Quentin Marmier & Rachael Dunk
10:45 am Transforming Venom
with Daniel Paulsson & Sheena Duggal
12:30 pm World Building for Mortal Engines
with Kevin Smith
2:15 pm The Invisble VFX of Roma
with Bryce Nielsen
4:00 pm Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald — Escape from New York
with Daniel Elophe & Edmond Engelbrecht
5:45 pm The Secrets of Stargate — 25 Years On
with Jeffrey Okun

Each session is 75 minutes long. Doors will open at 8AM on Saturday and Sunday and presentations will begin promptly at 9AM. Please allow yourself enough time to pick up your pass.

© 2018 Erika Lehner

Diversity & Inclusion Summit Schedule Now Available

Spark CG in collaboration with VES Vancouver, are pleased to present this year’s D&I Summit.

Taking place on Sunday, February 10 at Emily Carr University, Rennie Hall, this year’s Summit will go beyond talking about the issues of diversity and inclusion to provide an afternoon of talks and discussion on practical ways and solutions to deal with the important issues including equal pay, how to navigate difficult situations regarding when it comes to career paths, as well as the balance of work and family commitments.

Sunday · February 10, 2019
12:00 pm RENNIE

12:30 pm RENNIE
Opening Remarks

with Susan Rowe & Zoe Cranley
12:45 pm RENNIE
Tools for Change Part 1

with Alicia Close, Christi Rae, Ollie Rankin, Sheena Duggal & Zoe Alexander
2:30 pm RENNIE
Comfort Break

2:45 pm RENNIE
Tools for Change Part 2

with Jenny Rogers, Jessie & Lydia Bottegoni
4:00 pm RENNIE
Panel Discussion

with Alicia Close, Christi Rae, Hannah Cook, Jenny Rogers, Jessie, Lydia Bottegoni, Nancy Basi, Ollie Rankin, Shauna Bryan, Sheena Duggal & Zoe Alexander
4:45 pm RENNIE
Closing Remarks

with Nancy Basi

The Summit is free and open to all but space is limited. If you plan on attending, it is highly recommended that you register. Registration is now open.

Illustration by Valeriya Nyukalova. leranyukalova.com

Register Today for the Career Fair

Let us open the door to your dream job.

Taking place Saturday, February 9, the SPARK FX Career Fair is your opportunity to connect with top tier film and television studios in a meaningful way, with valuable one-on-one time with studio recruiters. Instead of simply handing off a resume and reel, this is a networking opportunity that will help you build strong relationships for the job you’re looking for today and in the future.

Whether you’re a seasoned CG animation or VFX professional looking for a change or a student seeking to break into the field, the SPARK FX 2019 Career Fair is the place to start and end your job search.

The participating studios are:

  1. Animal Logic
  2. Cinesite
  3. CVD VFX
  4. DHX Media
  5. DNEG
  6. Electronic Arts
  7. Framestore
  8. FuseFX
  9. Image Engine Design
  10. Industrial Light & Magic (ILM)
  11. Mainframe Studios
  12. Method Studios
  13. Rodeo FX
  14. Scanline VFX
  15. Sony Pictures Imageworks
  16. The Focus (MPC Film)
  17. Yeti Farm Creative
  18. Zoic Studios

There is no cost to attend but registration is recommended. Registration is now open.

SPARK Volunteer Application Deadline is Tomorrow

Want to gain some great experience, help organize great events and meet amazing people? Become a SPARK volunteer!

We’re currently looking for volunteers to help with SPARK FX and other upcoming events for 2019 and beyond.

Complete the volunteer application form to be considered. Application deadline is tomorrow, Friday, January 25.

Hotel Deal for SPARK FX Attendees

Looking for a place to stay during SPARK FX? OPUS Hotel is the official conference hotel.

Centrally located in Yaletown, the OPUS is near SkyTrain which provides easy access to Emily Carr University, as well as a variety of restaurants, pubs and the waterfront.

SPARK FX attendees can take advantage of the preferred rate of $190 per night (+tax), which includes continental breakfast and wi-fi.

Register today to receive the SPARK preferred rate!

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