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SPARK FX 2019 Adds 4 Free Sessions to Fire You Up

On Saturday, February 9 from 10:45 am to 5:15 pm, SPARK FX 2019 offers four sessions free to all those interested in furthering their ambitions in the VFX and animation fields. First, find out how to kickstart a career as a texture painter in an exploration of the texture workflows in the 3D painting software Mari, presented by Method Studios’ texture painter Paul H. Paulino, (Aquaman, Godzilla II, Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2).

Electronic Arts’ senior game designer Katie Scott (Need for Speed, Battlefield, FIFA ’17 “The Journey”) tackles diversity and inclusion in “Creating Kim Hunter: The First Female Playable Football Hero,” while Andy van Straten of Ziva will close off the day with a presentation on "Making Muscular Characters."

Attendess of the "Making Muscular Characters" workshop will be entered to win over $500 worth of Ziva prizes!

The sessions are taking place at Emily Carr in Rennie Hall. Registration for these free sessions is now open.

Saturday · February 9, 2019
10:45 am RENNIE
Texture Workflows in Mari

with Paul H. Paulino
12:30 pm RENNIE
Creating Kim Hunter: The First Female Playable Football Hero

with Katie Scott
2:15 pm RENNIE
Take a Deep Dive Into the Making of The Meg

with James Jacobs, Sue Rowe & Mohsen Mousavi
4:00 pm RENNIE
Making Muscular Characters

with Andy van Straten






Mary Poppins Returns. © 2018 Walt Disney Studios. All Rights Reserved.

SPARK FX Is a Week Away

We’re just over 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.

Conference passes, which provide you full access to all presentations, are available for $225. Group of 5 or more get a discount of 10% (note that group pricing is only available through online advance sales).

Tickets to the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse presentation taking place on Friday, February 8 at 7PM, are now available for online purchase for $20. This presentation is included free of charge to conference pass holders.

Single conference tickets to all presentations, with the exception of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, will also be available for $30 each at the door. These are not available for online purchase.

All prices includes taxes and fees.

SCHEDULE

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 Filling Quickly

If you haven’t already registered for this year’s D&I Summit, do not delay because space is filling quickly!

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
Registration

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 there are only five seats remaining! If you plan on attending, register today.






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.







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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