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Jeff Lait, SideFX

Tell us a bit about yourself – how did you get your start in visual effects and/or animation? I started programming because I wanted to write video games.  I tended to find myself writing game engines rather than actual games, however.  During my co-op terms at University, I first worked…
Emily Olin
May 6, 2020
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Larry Gritz, Sony Pictures Imageworks

Tell us a bit about yourself – how did you get your start in visual effects and/or animation? I had a hobby interest in visual effects and photography after seeing Star Wars in 1977. In particular, this 1980 TV special was transformative for me. I recorded it (VHS!) and probably…
Emily Olin
April 21, 2020
Behind the Screens

Ken Museth, NVIDIA

Tell us a bit about yourself – how did you get your start in visual effects and/or animation? It’s a long and twisted storyline, but I’ll try to give a short version. My background is computationally physics and chemistry (PhD in quantum dynamics), so it’s safe to say I had…
Emily Olin
April 14, 2020
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Carmen Pinto, Foundry

Tell us a bit about yourself - how did you get your start in visual effects and/or animation? My first job as a software developer was designing a system to sort music files by metadata for employees at an engineering company, which led to work building software to store and…
Emily Olin
April 8, 2020
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Michael Dolan, Epic Games

Tell us a bit about yourself - how did you get your start in visual effects and/or animation? I’ve been tinkering with computer graphics since I was a kid in the 80’s, with a Commodore 128 and a light pen. I studied visual effects in college, and started my career…
Emily Olin
April 3, 2020
Behind the Screens

Bill Ballew, DreamWorks Animation

Tell us a bit about yourself - how did you get your start in visual effects and/or animation? While in college and during the beginning of my professional career, I had been fascinated by animation.  Disney was going through their resurgence with The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast,…
Emily Olin
March 27, 2020
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Carol Payne, Netflix

Follow @carolalynn Tell us a bit about yourself - how did you get your start in visual effects and/or animation? I graduated from the University of New Mexico with a film degree and a minor in computer science. I started working at a boutique VFX studio in Albuquerque called Pivot…
Emily Olin
March 19, 2020
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Brian Cipriano, Google

In Behind the Screens, we talk to developers and software engineers from across the motion picture and media industries to learn more about their work in visual effects and animation, how they use open source software, and their involvement in the Academy Software Foundation. Tell us a bit about yourself…