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Behind the Screens

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
Behind the Screens

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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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…
Behind the Screens

Pilar Molina Lopez, Blue Sky Studios

Tell us a bit about yourself - how did you get your start in visual effects and/or animation? I have been working at Blue Sky Studios as a Software Engineer for the past 5 years. I got my first job in networking and databases after getting my undergrad degree in…
Emily Olin
October 10, 2019
Behind the Screens

Sean McDuffee, Intel

Tell us a bit about yourself - how did you get your start in visual effects and/or animation? I studied Physics in college and towards the end of school, I met some guys that were modifying the original Quake source (this is like 2003) and implementing their own rendering algorithms.…
Emily Olin
September 20, 2019