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In such a fast paced world it is often challenging to know which emerging trends to follow, consider and trial.
Join us as we bring together knowledgeable industry experts including CEO and Founder of Animal Logic Zareh Nalbandian, Head of Production Technology at Animal Logic, Aiden Sarsfield, CEO and Founder of Proxi VR, Guy Norris, Director of Proxi VR, Harrison Norris and Cinematographer & Director of Photography, Velinda Wardell to discuss what the future holds based on technology lead impacts.
Zareh Nalbandian, CEO and Founder, Animal Logic
Zareh co-founded Animal Logic in 1991 with a vision to build a company where designers, animators and developers could explore the opportunities offered bye merging digital technologies for animation and visual effects. His continued advocacy of new technologies combined with innovative digital production processes underpins Animal Logic's reputation for creative and technical excellence. Zareh was Executive Producer on Academy Award winning Happy Feet, the first computer generated animated feature film to be made in Australia. He produced theanimated adventure Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, directed by Zack Snyder which was produced entirely at Animal Logic's studios in Sydney,Australia. Most recently Zareh served as Executive Producer on Walking with Dinosaurs 3D and The LEGO® Movie.
Aidan Sarsfield, Head of Production Technology, Animal Logic
Aidan joined Animal Logic's film division in 1999 following a successful career as a freelance industrial designer and in-house product designer for fashion label'Mambo.' Since that time, Aidan has spent over a decade supervising both film VFX and Animated Features. Following the success of recent productions, his role has expanded to Head of Production Technology.
His list of credits include various TVC’s, Holy Smoke, 28 Weeks Later, Moulin Rouge!, Matrix: Reloaded, Happy Feet, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole and most recently The LEGO® Movie. As Head of Production Technology, Aidan is currently focused on the ongoing evolution of the Animal Logic VFX and Animation pipelines.
Guy Norris, CEO and Founder, Proxi VR
Guy is regarded as one of the foremost Action Directors and Stunt Co-ordinators in the world today. His career started in the 1981 breakout film ‘The Road Warrior’ and over the past 30 years, Guy has co-ordinated and directed stunts on over 150 feature film and television projects. His work on the ground-breaking ‘Fury Road’ (6 Academy Awards) has set a new high bar for the design and filming of practical stunts and SFX in film. Guy’s passion is designing and capturing action in a way that transports the viewer to an experience they’ve not had before. This has led Guy to experiment, develop and utilise the latest advances in film capturing technology in his action direction culminating in the just completed film ‘Suicide Squad’ for Warner Bros for which he re-designed, directed and shot a major action piece of the film on the new Proxi VR Camera Rig. The Proxi VR experience will deliver a totally immersive viewing experience like no other system has to date.
Harrison Norris, Director, Proxi VRHarrison graduated high school at the age of 15 at a school for the Gifted, his graduation film winning 11 of 13 total nominations,screening Australia wide, and gaining him a partial scholarship to Bond University, where he became the youngest student ever accepted to the Film program.
In the following years Harrison worked as a stunt performer on the internationally acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road, live-directed the 18th annual BUFTA broadcast (amassing 10,000+ viewers over its three hour run time),and worked on Black Sails Season Two.
Following his graduation, Harrison’s second short ’A Peaceful Man’, was screened and received special mention at the Slam dance Film Festival in 2015.It has since garnered 20+ laurels internationally.
Harrison then worked on ‘Suicide Squad’ where he was responsible for the Stunt pre-visualisation. Harrison’s passion for the new world of VR then culminated in the creation of a groundbreaking new VR camera system, fore going all proximity limitations to capture live action performance in closeup. At 19 Harrison used this new camera system to co-direct the official Suicide Squad VR experience.
Harrison has recently finished both a range of ‘to be announced’ VR projectsand stunt pre-visualisation on ‘Ghost in the Shell’. and is currently prepping to both 2nd Unit direct Stephen Elliot’s (Priscilla: Queen of the Desert) upcoming feature ‘Flammable Children’.
Velinda Wardell, Cinematographer & Director of Photography
Velinda Wardell ACS is an award winning Australian Cinematographer and Director of Photography. She holds a BA (Visual Arts) and Masters in Cinematography (AFTRS). In her twenty-year career Velinda has won numerous awards, including two national awards of distinction from the Australian Cinematographers Society, and was accredited with her ACS letters in 2008. Velinda regularly attends Camerimage in Poland, and attended the 2005 Budapest Cinematography Masterclasses lead by Vilmos Zsigmond ASC and John Schwartzman ASC. She was privileged to be mentored by Butch Calderwood ACS OAM. Velinda now creates content for big and small screens, and has a breadth of experience including feature films, fashion films, documentaries, music videos and commercial work. She loves to work with characters, and enjoys the challenge of using her camera to uncover meaning behind story.