The Summit featured impressive keynote speakers Lynwen Brennan, EVP and General Manager, Lucasfilm, ILM and Skywalker Sound, and Robert Legato, ASC, acclaimed Visual Effects Supervisor, 2nd Unit Director and Director. The Summit also facilitated a series of interactive roundtable discussions on topics ranging from “Filming for VR,” “Modern VFX Production in the Cloud” and “The Future of Machine Learning in Entertainment,” to “Interactive Characters in AR/VR,” “Merging Realms; Art, Science and Social Awareness” and “Crossover from Live-Action VFX Films to AR/VR/Multi-Media.”
The Section Board is very active, with each member taking on meaningful responsibilities and having the freedom to come up with new ways to serve the membership. Every Board member brings a unique and important talent to the Society. The team is focused on events that bring the membership together to network, socialize and learn. Its anchor events, in addition to the Summit, are the annual Summer BBQ and Holiday Party. Throughout the year, the Section has a full roster of screenings, a museum series, a workshop series, a speaker series and an outreach/mixer series that gets peppered in between. Leadership is looking forward to branching out into mentorship programs and developing its VFX for Good Committee to provide members with opportunities to use their talents to give back to the community.
“This is an important time to elevate visual effects as a respected art form and critical contributor to the business – and not just have it characterized as magic. The VES is 20 years old this year, and in that time our industry has seen incredible change. Always remarkable, often exciting and sometimes very challenging. Our goal is to honor the past, celebrate the present and embrace the future. We try to help our membership understand and prepare for our industry’s rapidly changing landscape and we’re excited for all that comes next,” concludes Cooke.