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Mei Chu, Sony Pictures Imageworks

Tell us a bit about yourself – how did you get your start in visual effects and/or animation? As a kid, I was fascinated by Pixar’s Toy Story so I went to school to learn how to be a part of this industry. Initially, my goal was to become an…
Emily Olin
July 1, 2020
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Nick Porcino, Pixar Animation Studios

Tell us a bit about yourself – how did you get your start in visual effects and/or animation? I saw Star Wars when I was twelve, and decided then and there “I want to help George Lucas make movies.” Not much later, Jim Blinn created an amazing animation of the…
Emily Olin
May 13, 2020
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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
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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
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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