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AEAF 2017 Speaker Program

Speaker Program
10am  - 5pm 15 and 16 August

AEAF Awards
6pm 16 August

AEAF is looking for, supervisors, animators and industry experts to speak at the 2017 Speaker Program, 15-16 August. Are you interested in presenting your work, ideas or vision to fellow VFX and digital artists? If you would like to be on the AEAF program, please email Sean Young at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Weta Digital

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Weta Digital will give behind the scenes accounts of their latest major projects at AEAF. The Academy Award winning studio is one of the world’s best known visual effects companies, recognised for their performance-driven digital characters in projects ranging from ‘Avatar’ to ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ and ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy. Stay tuned for more exciting information coming soon.

Most recently the team has been working on ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2’, ‘War for the Planet for the Apes’ and ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’. One of these projects will be the subject of the company’s presentation.


Animal Logic’s Rob Coleman to Speak  on ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’

Head of Animation at Animal Logic, Rob Coleman, will speak at AEAF in August to give attendees a glimpse behind the scenes of ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’, showing his team's recent work.

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Head of Animation at Animal Logic, Rob Coleman, will be among the speakers at AEAF in August to give attendees a glimpse behind the scenes of ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’, showing the Animal Logic team's recent work.

Rob Coleman is a two-time Oscar nominee for his animation work on ‘Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’ (1999) and ‘Stars Wars: Attack of the Clones’ (2002). He has also been nominated for two BAFTA Awards for his work on ‘Men In Black’ (1997) and ‘The Phantom Menace’ (1999). He spent 14 years at Industrial Light and Magic and Lucasfilm Animation working closely with George Lucas. He has built and supervised animation teams in Canada, the United States, Singapore and Australia. He was the Head of Animation on ‘The LEGO Movie’ (2014) and was the Animation Supervisor on ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ (2017).


Jeff Capogreco Visual Effects Supervision ILM


Jeff Capogreco joined Industrial Light & Magic in 2014 as an Associate VFX Supervisor on Jurassic World. He has a post graduate diploma in Computer Animation from Sheridan College and a successful 10+ year career producing top quality imagery for feature films. Prior to ILM he worked at WETA Digital as a VFX Sequence Supervisor on such films as The three Hobbit films, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Adventures of Tintin and Avatar.

Founder and creative director Ian Kirby and 3D artist Luke Bicevskis are coming to speak at AEAF in August from award-winning creative studio The Sequence Group, based in Vancouver.


The Sequence Group Ian Kirby and Luke Bicevskis

Two artists are coming to speak at AEAF in August from award-winning creative studioThe Sequence Group, based in Vancouver. In business for the last 11 years, the group specializes in design, animation and visual effects. Founder and creative directorIan Kirby, and 3D artist Luke Bicevskis who is also creative director at Sequence’s new Melbourne, Australia office, will talk about their work and company.

As creative director, Ian works at Sequence as director, producer and visual effects artist. He has extensive experience in film, television and gaming and works closely with production studios and video game developers with expertise in the narrative expansion of new and existing properties. Ian’s hands-on background in animation, visual effects and live action enables him to undertake and manage a broad spectrum of mediums and projects.

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Sequence Luke Bicevskis

Over his career, Luke has worked as a designer, illustrator, compositor and 3D artist on a number of award-winning projects across advertising, documentaries and animation. He won MIFF’s Best Short Documentary award for his illustrative work on Lukas Schrank's ‘Nowhere Line: Voices from Manus Island’. At Sequence, Luke has applied his skills to projects for clients including Microsoft, Disney and Slack.

Sequence opened in 2006 with an initial focus on broadcast design and motion comics. Ian and art director Andrew West worked together on one of the first motion comics, ‘Broken Saints’, a style that readily appealed to clients looking for backstory for films including ‘I Am Legend’, ‘Inception’ and ‘Prince of Persia’.

Meanwhile the Sequence team grew and the studio now handles visual effects and broadcast design for most types of production from concept through completion. Their team’s experience includes the‘Batman’and‘Harry Potter’franchises,Halo: Fall of Reach, Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2 Civil WarandStar Wars: Commander, as well as commercials blending live action with VFX. Other projects are'Batman: Black and White'and Sony Santa Monica’s video games‘Bound’and‘What Remains of Edith Finch’.

Company evolution notwithstanding, Sequence retains design and artistic expression as the starting point for projects. Recent clients include 343 Industries, Disney Interactive, ABC, Kabam, Dallas Stars, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Sega and DC Entertainment.

Sequence’s work has received Awards recognition several times, including an IAWTV Award, a Bass Award and an Audience Award at the Sundance Online Film Festival. The team also won an Accolade Global Film Competition Award for excellence in animation for their work on ‘Halo: Fall of Reach’. 

Iloura’s VFX Supervisor Lindsay Adams

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Lindsay Adams from Iloura animation and visual effects studio in Melbourne.

Lindsay has worked in visual effects for over 15 years at several studios including ILM, MPC and Animal Logic as well as Iloura. Working within his specialty in compositing, he was nominated for a VES award for Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature for his work on ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’. Lindsay's work also includes ‘The Avengers’, ‘300’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’. In 2017 he supervised the visual effects for HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’ which filmed in Australia.


AEAF Awards Judging - Now Underway for All Categories

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AEAF Awards judges are now in the midst of judging all categories. The Awards Night will soon be here – everyone’s chance to see the winners and meet the teams. REGISTER NOW.

Judging is never easy but always exciting. The work that all teams have entered is of a higher quality this year – plus, the Awards now include a new category for VR/360 projects. The projects entered range from product promotions to works of art, and we are looking forward to showing them at the AEAF Speaker event on 16-17 August.

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AEAF Awards Night is coming up fast on 17 August. It’s an anticipated event in Sydney when attendees get to see the finalist entries - the best of all the projects submitted. You’ll be first to find out the category winners, and also get to meet the winning teams and network with many other animators, VFX artists and motion artists.

A few special projects are described below and you can find articles about many others on the AEAF website homepage – TV Series, Short Film and even more Commercials are featured. Also, see many of the entries now in the AEAF Online Gallery.

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The huge number of commercials, both animated and live action, shows extreme creativity. The use of motion graphics in live action projects is especially eye-catching, and 2D animation is showing up again with some beautiful new styles. Check Passion Pictures‘Havana’ spot for Ray-Ban. The director joined with an illustrator to create a project that captures the sultry warmth of lively Cuban streets, and introduces a new range of Havana specs for the client, a “new icon of rhythm and style”.

In contrast ‘Spiders’ is a joint exhibition between Questacon National Science and Technology Centre and the Australian Museum that jumps out in almost tangible 3D animation. Eye Candy Animation produced several Augmented Reality Activations, Exhibition Interactives, Projection and this TCV for the Exhibition. Originally planned to be a web only spot, they produced the Spiders TVC by repurposing the real-time assets developed for the exhibition interactives. The team developed a stylistic treatment for the TVC to compliment the use of real-time assets, and were tasked with representing Australian spiders as “lovably as possible”.

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The Web Viral category includes some fascinating work from Rotor Studios. The Prius Global Launch video was created with no actual Prius vehicle in existence and an ambitious Escher-inspired concept. In-house director Glenn Stewart guided the team of live action specialists, CG experts and VFX crew who worked together in a completely integrated approach.

After a live-action shoot to capture the talent at various Sydney locations, an extensive CG process followed to recreate a photoreal Prius and the driving environments. Extra time was devoted to subtly matching the look of the CG to the live action shoot, while ensuring that unique characteristics such as the edge falloff of the lens was replicated with absolute precision.

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Student entries never fail to take us by surprise. Ample Projects shared their projection mapping expertise with three students, whose projects were projected onto the facade of the Old Brewery Yard at Carlton Brewery in Central Park Sydney. They became part of VIVID Sydney light festival this year – titled ‘Second Self’, Robosome and Creative Currency. Jelena Sinik describes her work, Creative Currency, as “a frame-by-frame 2D animation designed with many flowing and organic forms - a stark contrast to the sharpness associated with machines. The scenes are separated by kaleidoscopic transitions, in the form of bright bursts of colour, that engage geometrically with the shape of the building”.

An especially exciting student entry is the diploma film and VES Award-winner Citipati, directed by Andreas Feix and created at the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg. Citipati leads the viewer back to the Cretaceous era where a dying dinosaur is encountered. During his final moments, the dinosaur’s last glimpses of the inhospitable world around him merge with his own personal memories. The film features beautiful photoreal effects and animation.