Geek Love at ANIMFX 07

Well, ANIMFX was yet again an amazing showcase of digital design and technology with a great line up of guest speakers. Warren Franklin from Rainmaker, Vancouver showed his student film from the seventies that got him a traineeship with George Lucas. He went on to create Industrial Light & Magic with George and now is the CEO of Rainmaker, a sfx studio in Canada. They make films but he is also actively involved in sfx himself and in creating synergies across the film sector to attract work into Canada. He was wowed by Park Rd Post and all that resides within it...and it was over all too soon...its a pity Peter Jackson doesnt show up for these things - even as a gesture...people would really love it...

Another great veteran and Emmy Award winner of sfx was Dan Curry. Dan created sfx for the the Starship Enterprise, Since then, he has worked on over 70 features, including "Star Trek Generations" and "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home."

Dan has worked on the Star Trek TV series since 1987, first as visual effects supervisor on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and then as Visual Effects Producer on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager, while also directing second unit for all three shows. Dan also has done extensive artwork for the shows, including conceptual design, motion control photography, animation, electronic and optical compositing, matte painting, space ship design, storyboarding, and martial arts choreography. His martial arts work includes developing the Klingon martial arts form "Mok'bara" and inventing the Klingon weapons the "bat'leth" and the "mek'leth".

Rita Street who founded ANIMATION magazine spoke about her new venture into producing animation series for television and film projects with her new company, RADAR cartoons. Rita fell in love with Wellington covering the Return of the King for the international magazine...

There were heaps of fabulous locals as well, Mario from games studio Sidhe Interactive, the Weta Digital crew, Dr Roy Davies from NEXTSPACE, a virtual reality lab in Auckland and expat VR expert, Dr Mark Burry, from SIAL, the Spatial Information Architecture Lab at RMIT, Melbourne. Not to mention the fabulous animation studios in Wellignton KARACTAZ Cobalt FX and Weta Digital.

Another very cool international speaker was Jason Manly from animation and sfx studio MAssive Black. Jason has also set up an amazing creative social network of artists around the world to foster dialogue and debate about art and design, Concept Art. with over 80,000 members worldwide. He also had some very interesting advice on setting up a studio in China...hard work but worth it to be on the inside, rather than just trying to engage....

It would be good to see more people at next years event - so more media and talk up before hand...

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