Speakers

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Visual Effects Supervisor, 2nd Unit Director, 2nd Unit D.O.P.

Rob Legato

After a career in Television for Paramount Pictures, Rob Legato joined the newly formed Digital Domain, a visual effects company founded by James Cameron, Stan Winston and Scott Ross.

For Rob’s first feature assignment, he became the Visual Effects Supervisor, nd Unit Director and VFX Director of Photography for Neil Jordan’s “Interview with the Vampire.” This first feature led to Ron Howard’s “Apollo 13″ with Legato serving as the film’s Visual Effects Supervisor and Director of Photography for the VFX unit. Mr. Legato earned his first Academy Award nomination and won the British Academy Award’s BAFTA for his effects work in “Apollo 13.” His next feature assignment, James Cameron’s “Titanic,” spanned the next several years and proved ultimately to be one of the most successful films ever made. Besides earning Mr. Legato his first Academy Award®, the film went on to win a total of 11 Oscars® (including Best Picture and Best Visual Effects) and became the highest grossing movie of all time. Mr. Legato also offered some last minute assistance to Martin Scorsese’s production of “Kundun” and Michael Bay’s film “Armageddon.” Legato left Digital Domain to join Sony Pictures Imageworks where he served as Visual Effects Supervisor on two Robert Zemeckis films, “What Lies Beneath” and “Cast Away.” Legato was senior Visual Effects Supervisor on “Bad Boys II,” which was nominated for a VES (Visual Effects Society) Award for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture. Rob’s next picture was the international phenomenon “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” based on the best selling book by J.K. Rowling. Rob was the Co 2nd Unit Director/Cameraman and Visual Effects Supervisor on Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator.” Besides being nominated for 11 Academy awards and receiving 5 Oscars® “The Aviator” garnered 3 VES awards and the International Press Academy’s Satellite award for Best Visual Effects. Rob then completed Martin Scorsese’s feature “The Departed” as the 2nd Unit Director/Cameraman and VFX Supervisor. The film won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. During the same time frame, Legato created and conceived the Virtual Cinematography Pipeline for James Cameron’s next feature production, “Avatar,” which went on to surpass “Titanic” as the highest grossing film of all time with $2.8 billion in worldwide receipts. Rob had the fortunate opportunity to work on Robert DeNiro’s second directorial effort, “The Good Shepherd”, serving as both the 2nd unit Director/Cameraman and Visual Effects Supervisor. The very next projects included Martin Scorsese’s Clio award winning “Freixenet: The Key to Reserva,” a 10 minute commercial project, as well as the feature documentary on the Rolling Stones entitled “Shine a Light.” Legato also served as the VFX Consultant on Errol Morris’ documentary film “Standard Operating Procedure”. Legato’s next feature film was Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island” upon which he served as both Visual Effects Supervisor and 2nd Unit Director/Cameraman. Rob’s next assignment as VFX Supervisor and 2nd Unit Director/Cameraman was on Martin Scorsese’s epic 3D film “Hugo.” “Hugo” was nominated for 11 Oscars® and 11 BAFTAS, including Best Picture and Best Visual Effects. “Hugo” was ultimately awarded the Oscar® for best Visual Effects, as well as three VES Society Awards and an International Satellite Award. Rob’s last assignment for Martin Scorsese was the Leonardo DiCaprio starring “The Wolf of Wall Street”. Rob served as both the film’s 2nd Unit Director/Cameraman and Visual Effects Supervisor. Rob’s latest film is Disney’s Jungle Book and he also served as the 2nd Unit Director/Cinematographer and Visual Effects Supervisor. “The Jungle Book” received an Academy Award, British Academy Award, five VES Awards as well as the Critics Choice Award, among several others, for Best Visual Effects for 2016. In 2017, Rob directed episode 5 of the Netflix series “Medal of Honor.” Rob’s latest film is Disney’s “The Lion King” for which he was nominated for the Academy Award, the BAFTA and for which he won two VES awards.

Rob’s union and Guild affiliations include the DGA, A.M.P.A.S, A.S.C., Local 600, Local 700 and the VES.

Executive Creative Director, Swordfish

Matt Silverman

From designing worldwide product launches to directing live-action effects-intensive shoots, the world’s most respected brands including Audi, Apple, Google, and Sony have put their trust in Matt Silverman’s hands. Silverman’s motion design and visual effects work has been seen by millions of people around the world, including award winning Super Bowl commercials, Oscar nominated film titles, and UX design found on gadgets in millions of people’s pockets. As the Founder and ECD at Swordfish in San Francisco, Silverman currently leads his team of ninja assassins on a diverse range of motion-intensive marketing and UX projects.

Editor

Billy Fox, ACE

Fox recently completed Netflix’s ‘Dolemite Is My Name’ for director Craig Brewer. It will be their fourth project together, following their previous collaborations on Black Snake Moan, Footloose, and the Academy Award-nominated Hustle & Flow.

Fox has cut numerous feature films including Straight Outta Compton, for Universal Studios. Only the Brave for Joseph Kosinski. Also Fox edited The Crazies, Traitor, Dark Places and Four Brothers for John Singleton. Fox was Editor and Co-Producer on the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers, for Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. The project won the Emmy, Golden Globe and Peabody awards for Best Mini-series.

His experience includes nine years as the editor and Supervising Producer of ‘Law & Order’, for which he received an Emmy and four nominations. His other television credits include pilots for F.B.I, Chicago Fire, Hostages and Detroit 187, as well as the cult favorite Pee-wee’s Playhouse. He is the recipient of 15 other major awards, including the Peabody Award, the BDA Award, an International Monitor Award, the Humanitas Award, and the P.G.A. Golden Laurel award.

AVW Program Manager - CEO & Founder OF RHED Pixel, Inc.​

Richard Harrington

A certified instructor for Adobe and Apple, Rich is a practiced expert in motion graphic design and digital video. Starting his career out in the world of broadcast journalism, Rich has always had great interest in visual communications. His producing skills were also recognized by AV Video Multimedia Producer Magazine who named him as one of the Top Producers of 2004. 

Rich is a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals Instructor Dream Team, and a popular speaker on the digital video circuit. He has been the Program Manager for the Post|Production World Conference since 2003.

Rich is an internationally published author. His book, Photoshop for Video, was the first of its kind to focus on Photoshop’s application in the world of video. He is also a contributing author for From Still to Motion, Video Made on a Mac, Final Cut Pro On the Spot and Professional Web Video. A Master’s Degree in Project Management fills out Rich’s broad spectrum of experience. Rich enjoys traveling and digital photography, as well as teaching his kids the joys of science fiction and comic books.

AVW Program Manager, Motion Designer, Stern FX

Eran Stern

Eran has established a track record in helping designers to improve their skills with visual effects and motion graphics. He created a handful of online courses for LinkedIn Learning. Also acted as the Head of Motion Graphics Department in Shenkar for more than 12 years. You can find him right on the verge between geekiness and coolness.

Certified Instructor (Adobe and Apple), Certified Private Pilot / Commercial UAV Pilot

Luisa Winters

Luisa Winters is a Certified Instructor for Adobe and Apple (ACI and ACT). She consults for organizations and works at several different training centers all over the United States and abroad. Luisa is one of the few Adobe Premiere Pro Master instructors. A well-known artist, Luisa often speaks at different conferences on topics ranging from video editing to compositing and web.

Luisa is a certified Private Pilot and a Commercial UAV Pilot. She’s been involved with video production and cinematography for over 30 years. Having spent years flying, Luisa’s priority is safety. It is this safety mentality that make Luisa’s missions successful: from preparation and planning, FAA Authorization and client expectation to flying and finally, post-production. At the beginning of 2019, Luisa joined forces with Mike Sobola to form Mid-Atlantic Drones, LLC, a drone service provider specializing in aerial mapping and cinematography and missions in flight-restricted zones.

AWARD-WINNING WRITER/PRODUCER/EDITOR, MASTER TRAINER

Abba Shapiro

Abba Shapiro is an award-winning writer/producer/director with over 35 years of experience in video and film production. He has worked for a wide range of commercial, corporate and federal clients, including: USA Today, NASCAR, The Associated Press, NASA, Univision, Major League Baseball, Showtime, Viacom, The Discovery Channel, and CNN. Over the past 15 years Abba has created on-line training courses covering everything from Video Editing and Color Correction to how to shoot, light, and edit an interview.  His courses air on CreativeLive.com, lynda.com, and RippleTraining.com. He is also the author of several video editing book. Abba also is a regular speaker at several international broadcasting conferences including NAB, IBC, InterBee, Photoshop World, and AdobeMAX.  Some of the courses he teaches include, Video Editing, Scriptwriting, and all aspects of Video Production. When Abba is not bouncing around the globe teaching and consulting, he is probably following his passion, chasing light and shooting photos.

APPLE, ADOBE & AVID CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR

Nick Harauz

Nick Harauz is a certified Apple video trainer in both Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5. He has the uncanny ability to engage his students and create a level of relatedness that keeps them coming back for more. Since 2002, Nick has worked with domestic and international brands, offering a wide variety of video production and motion graphic services. He has worked with clients such as Proctor & Gamble, Diageo, Virgin Mobile, and Mastercard. He was editor of the feature documentary ‘My Father and the Man in Black’ that can be found on iTunes.

Nick’s training can be found online through Motion VFX, Lynda and LearnQuest. When he is not teaching, traveling, or creating video content, Nick can be found in a box fit class.

Content Director

Valentina Vee

Valentina Vee is a Content Director living in Los Angeles, making videos for international campaigns and shows all over the world. Her clients include Nike, AT&T, National Geographic, Dell, L’Oreal, MTV, Chevrolet, Mashable, Fujifilm, and Adobe. She specializes in creating compelling content with a positive message as well as consulting with companies on how to make authentic, well-executed videos for their audiences. Her Discovery docuseries focused on youth empowerment, “Gimme Mo,” was nominated for an Emmy. She is Aputure’s Resident Pro cinematographer and an Adobe Max Master trainer, teaching Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects at top industry conventions.

Owner, SoftBox Media, Co-Founder, Creative111, Author for Adobe & LinkedIn Learning

Ian Robinson

Ian Robinson is a creative director and Adobe MAX Master trainer specializing in motion graphics and visual effects. Working in broadcast for over 15 years with such clients as Discovery Channel, National Geographic International and PBS, he’s seen the definition of broadcast change first hand. As an author and trainer, Ian is the co-founder of the online learning website Creative111, an author for LinkedInLearning/ lynda.com, and has written books for Peachpit and Adobe Press. When he’s not scaling 14 thousand foot mountains in Colorado, he can be found taking photos and designing motion graphics with his trusty sidekick Boston Terrier named “Moo.”

Partner, Designer & Developer, Codify Design Studio

Chris Converse

Chris has over 25 years experience in graphic and interactive design, with a unique focus on both design and development. As a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), he has focused his career on merging design and technology to create the optimal execution across various media. In addition to graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology, he is also a featured speaker at various industry-related conferences, including the Adobe MAX, NAB, CreativePro Week and Keyframes.

Watch his step-by-step courses online at LinkedIn Learning, Udemy, Skillshare, CPDForumula, CreativeLive, Pluralsight.com, or on Amazon Video. Find more of Chris’ events at codifydesign.com/chris/events.

Award-Winning Writer-Director-Editor

Maxim Jago

Maxim has directed over thirty short films, as well as the feature length documentary ‘Trust Me: Working with Richard Foreman’, and the forthcoming supernatural-thriller feature film ‘It’s Haunted’. His films have won Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor awards. He has guest directed for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the Director’s Guild of Great Britain, and the Pit-Bull Snyder Casting and Actors Studio in Hollywood.

Maxim is well-known as a media technology trainer, and is the author of multiple books and training series including the official Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book, the Adobe Audition Classroom in a Book, and over 1,800 tutorials exploring post-production, including official videos for Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, and EDIUS.

Maxim has consulted as a Futurist for a number of organisations, and is developing several a series of new books exploring futurism for IEEE, the first of which is due for publication in April 2020. Chief Futurist for Curve Reality, Chief Innovation Officer for FilmDoo, consults for Adobe for the development of learning content, and has spoken at many colleges and universities on the development of creative skills. A regular speaker at film festivals and conferences around the world, Maxim mentors newcomers to the film industry and drinks too much coffee.

Co-Founder mamoworld

Mathias Möhl

Dr. Mathias Möhl is a cofounder of mamoworld and is known for the tools and tutorials he develops for the motion graphics and visual effects industry. He has developed popular extensions for After Effects, Premiere Pro, NUKE and Audition, including Squash & Stretch, iExpressions, BeatEdit, MochaImport+, Auto Lip-Sync, QuickImporter and mamoworldJSON.

Mathias also wrote the popular, free eBook Motion Graphics in After Effects that Speaks to Your Brain. On mamoworld.com, he has published more than 150 free tutorials about After Effects, Premiere Pro and NUKE. Some of his tutorials have also been published by Creative Cow, Red Giant, Imagineer Systems and SternFX.com. Mathias has spoken at international conferences like the After Affects World Conference, Adobe Video World, and Keyframes Conference.

Mathias studied computer science, and his diploma thesis was on types of formal grammar that allow computers to understand the grammatical structure of natural language sentences. During his PhD he worked in the field of bioinformatics, where he developed algorithms to assist biologists in the structure prediction and comparison of certain molecules. During and after working on his PhD thesis ‘Dynamic Programming based RNA Pseudoknot Alignment’ (which received the top rating ‘summa cum laude’), he published more than 15 articles in international scientific conferences and journals.

2D Technical Director

Zack Lovatt

Zack is a 2d Technical Director and all-around motion nerd. Having worked in the motion field since 2008, he leverages over a decade of animation experience to help studios and artists find ways to smile more and pull out their hair less.

A true Canadian, he brings a dash of maple syrup and politeness to pipeline and workflow consulting, internal and commercial tool development, and when exploring the far reaches of data-driven animation and automation.

He’s worked directly with all manner of animation studios and tech companies big and small, and his tools have been used on just about every other major motion piece you’ve seen recently.

Premiere Pro Master Trainer, PremierePro.net

Jarle Leirpoll

Jarle Leirpoll is a Premiere Pro Master Trainer and runs PremierePro.net, where he shares free Premiere Pro templates, presets and projects. He worked at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) for 14 years before starting his own company in 1996, making corporate movies and documentaries. He’s also writing books, creating bespoke motion graphics templates, doing Premiere and After Effects training, and teaching media production at three universities.

Jarle has trained people at Disney, BBC, NRK, DR, SVT, Monster, Valve Media OY, Nordic Film & TV and many other broadcasters and media production companies. He has even trained Adobe’s own employees in Premiere Pro! He has written a book on advanced editing techniques: The Cool Stuff in Premiere Pro, and a free e-book about creating Motion Graphics Templates: Making MOGRTs. (https://adobe.ly/makemogrts)

After Effects Professional

Sander van Dijk

Sander van Dijk is one of the top After Effects animators in the world. He has worked at major studios like PlusOne Amsterdam, Filmmore Amsterdam, BUCK NY, King & Country and Giant Ant. He has a blue chip client list including Google Material Design, MoMa, Squarespace, AirBNB, Ikea, and others. His work has won multiple Webby Awards for his direction of the film “This Panda is Dancing” and his creative direction for the popular botanical YouTube Channel called “Plant One On Me”. He develops tools, tutorials and education courses for animators on his platform www.georegulus.com and recently created the Advanced Motion Methods course for School of Motion, where he shows students how to make After Effects magic happen.

Managing Director, Animator & Illustrator, Mair Perkins LTD

Mair Bain

Mair is an independent animator and illustrator based in the midlands of England. Her animation company, Mair Perkins Ltd, has been in business since 2012 but she’s been creating short animated films with After Effects since 2007. She loves making character and story driven explainer animations so spends a lot of time exploring different illustration styles and ways to build character rigs. Occasionally she teaches After Effects sessions at her local University and has taught After Effects at an Adobe Certified software training company. Her clients include the World Economic Forum, the BBC, the Peak District National Park and many Universities, scientific researchers and health charities.

Freelance Motion Graphics Designer/Animator

Dorca Musseb

Dorca is an Emmy-winning Motion Designer and Animator. With a career expanding over 10 years, she’s worked at various networks and studios in New York City where she co-founded the New York Chapter of Panimation.

Dorca specializes in After Effects and Photoshop and enjoys a strong cup of Bustelo coffee.

Website:dmusseb.com

Multi-Emmy Award Winning Designer/ Motion Graphics Artist

E.J. Hassenfratz

EJ is an Emmy award winning freelance 3D artist and educator who has hosted over 150 tutorials on his blog Eyedesyn.com that is watched by thousands of people every day, as well as teaching a comprehensive 10-week course on learning Cinema 4D on School of Motion. His positive energy, engaging style, and passion for teaching and inspiring others has led him to opportunities to speak at conferences and meet ups across the globe. He’s a craft beer geek who tries more different beers in a year than most people do in a lifetime.

Maxon Certified Instructor

Athanasios Pozantzis

Athanasios Pozantzis has been making visuals for the advertising industry since 1989, and began teaching Adobe Illustrator a year later. Since then, he has tutored numerous digital artists in his motherland, Athens, Greece, and his adopted home of London, on Adobe software and Cinema 4D. It should be noted that most of his students ended up switching careers, becoming Yoga or Pilates instructors, and one of them became an unsuccessful real estate agent.

His main focus is still on converting briefs into images and animations, an undertaking that has definitely NOT won him an Emmy Award, although he did receive a Grand Epica in 2005.

He picked up Cinema 4D in 1997 and never looked back. He now resides in Toronto, from where he runs his company “Noseman Productions”. Closely affiliated to Maxon as an Alpha & Betatester, Thanassis calls himself a “Cinema 4D fan boy,” and he is one of the very few Maxon Certified Instructors on the globe.

Website:noseman.org