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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.


Feature Film VFX
GOLD  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Weta Digital
SILVER  Edge of Tomorrow  -  Framestore
BRONZE  Man of Steel  -  MPC
The Lone Ranger - MPC
47 Ronin - MPC
Godzilla - MPC
White House Down- Method Studios
47 Ronin- Framestore
Gravity- Framestore
Edge of Tomorrow- Framestore
Kick Ass 2- Nvizible
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Weta Digital

VFX supervisor Keith Miller collects the Feature Film VFX Gold award for
'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' for Weta Digital.

Live Event Visual Effects & Animation
GOLD  MCA Projection - Vivid 2014 -  Spinifex Group
SILVER  Aquatique Water Projection - Vivid 2014    Digital Pulse
BRONZE  Urban Tree Project  -  Ample Projects
National Maritime Museum - A Viking Adventure - Hackett Films
Timeline - Digital Pulse
DOTY - Digital Pulse
NRMA Occulus Rift Virtual Reality Installation - Fin Design + Effects
Bose Product Launch - Mr.Beam
Brussels Light Festival 2013 - Mr.Beam
Lighting The Sails - Vivid 2013 - Spinifex Group
VW Golf Mark VII Reveal NYIAS 2013 - Spinifex Group

Spinifex Group are the Gold winners in the new Live Events category for their light projection displayed on the MCA in Sydney.

Ample Projects received a Bronze Award for Urban Tree Project, Live Events category.

Commercials VFX
GOLD  Smithwick's Squirrel   -  The Mill
SILVER  Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag - Defy -  MPC
BRONZE  Schweppes - Tumble - Fin Design + Effects
Skoda - Toy Story - FSM
Mountain Dew - 'Portraits' Campaign - Psyop
Canon - Seeing - Alt.vfx
Visa Paywave - Skatewave - Alt.vfx
Milk PEP - Milk Life Anthem - Method Studios
General Electric - Childlike Imagination - Method Studios
Infiniti - Factory of Life - Method Studios
Lipton - Be More Tea - Framestore
Tiger - Uncaged - Heckler
Hyundai 2014 Azera - Also Known As - Rotor Studios
Peach John - Cutting Edge
Subaru XV All Weather Field - Cutting Edge
Worksafe - Resolution Design
Pizza Hut - Project Control - FSM
Preshafruit -Keeper and the Hounds
Honda - Disruption - Rushes
Axe - Call to Arms - The Mill
Nike - Winner Stays - The Mill
The Iconic - Emerge - Engine
O2 - Be More Dog - MPC
Lacoste - The Big Leap - MPC
Tour de France 2014 - SBS Television

Left: Emily Harridge collected the Bronze award for Visual Playground's Cosentino tiltes.
Right: Engine's Education & Infographics entry 'Slated' won the Bronze award.

Commercials Animation
GOLD  Nike - The Last Game  -  Passion Pictures
SILVER  Audi e-tron - Powerwalking  - Framestore
BRONZE  Challenger - Tree  -   Fin Design + Effects
The Last Ship - Blind
Xglim Promo - Chaos Factory
ACT for Kids - Cutting Edge
AWU - Cutting Edge
Events ACT - Enlighten - Eye Candy Animation
NRMA Uncovered - Fin Design + Effects
Subaru - Fin Design + Effects
Three - The Big Fish - Framestore
S26 Gold Junio - FSM Film + TV Post
5Fund - Heckler
ASUS ROG 2013 Computex promo video - Hi-Organic Studios
iögo Greko Commercial - Hybride Technologies
Bot Love - for Shaw Communications - LAIKA/house
Cadbury - Purple Reign - MFX Sdn Bhd
MetLife Anthem - Passion Pictures
Little Big Planet Hub - Plastic Wax
California Lottery 'More Luck For Your Buck' - Psyop
Zuji - Resolution Design
SBS Tropfest - SBS Television
Mexican Fiesta - SBS Television
Salvation Army - The Christmas Story - Taste Media
Tine Milk - Olympic Film - The Mill
M&M's - 15 Minutes - Framestore

Short Film
GOLD  Habana  -  Autour de Minuit
SILVER  A Tale of Momentum & Inertia  - LAIKA/house
BRONZE  Alice & the Giant Emptiness -  The Solid State
The Master's Voice : Caveirao - Autour de Minuit
The Ringer - Autour de Minuit
Condom -
Bugbug Temple - John Power
The Last Artist - Motionlab
Tiny Worlds - Rushes
Sausage -
The Gallant Captain - The Lampshade Collective
Trams - A Documentary - TheBeeSneezeAnimation
Sunny Side Up - Ben Noonan
Umbrella Factory - Naissence

Titles & Openers
GOLD  TEDxSydney 2014 -  Actual - Mindconsole
SILVER  Sterlo  -   Fox Sports
BRONZE  Cosentino   -  Visual Playground
Network Ten Winter Olympics Opener - DD8
The Drum - DD8
Lions Opener - Fox Sports
Rugby HQ - FSM Film + TV Post
Nowhere Boys - Surreal World
ABC 'Exhumed' Broadcast Graphics package - silo:6
Destination Flavour Japan - Spinifex Group
INXS Never Tear Us Apart - International Opening Titles - Visual Playground
Need for Skid - Fabien Vantroys

The team from Fox Sports won Silver for 'Sterlo' in Titles & Openers.

TV Series
GOLD  Ripper Street Season 2  - Screen Scene
SILVER  Nowhere Boys VFX  -   Surreal World
BRONZE  Moonfleet   -  Screen Scene
The Eggsperts - Flying Bark Productions
Tooned 50 - Framestore

Game Cinematics
GOLD  The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt -   Platige Image
SILVER  Civilization: Brave New World  -   Plastic Wax
BRONZE  Double Happy vs The Infinite Sadness   -  Monkeystack
The Sundering - Chapter 2 - Plastic Wax
Infinite Crisis - Plastic Wax

The Plastic Wax team attended in force, and collected a Silver Award for their
'Civilization: Brave New World' Game Cinematic entry.

GOLD  Any Witch Way  -  Sabrina Denault
SILVER  Passion Fashion - Tim Strain
BRONZE  The Precipice  - Tegan Harvey & Cassandra Mallett

Tim Strain is the Sudent category Silver award winner for Passion Fashion.

Music Videos

GOLD  We Are Shining - Wheel  - The Mill
SILVER  Plastic Flowers -  hi-organic
BRONZE  Little Darling  -  Big Cookie Studios
What So Not 'Want In' - Heckler
Les blues du rose - Les lapins de l'espace
Slut - Broke My Backbone - Mindconsole
Young - Oh Yeah Wow
With Good Reason - Dog Trumpet - University of Technology, Sydney

Web Viral
GOLD  Beans -   Cinesite VFX
SILVER  Clever Buoy   -   Heckler
BRONZE  Dasyurus Maculatus -   Resin
Sydney Opera House - Festival of Dangerous Ideas - Invisible Artists
Petronas - Chase - MFX Sdn Bhd
Paperclip Apocalypse - Monkeystack
Music Matters - Motionlab
Oxfam Unwrapped - The Magnificent Itch
Castrol Power 1 - Cirkus NZ

Will Alexander from Heckler shows off the team's Silver for Web Viral for 'Clecr Buoy'
and Bronze for their SkyMovies idents.

Education & Infographics
GOLD  Two Left Feet  -  Resin
SILVER  Toyota 2014 Kluger Vehicle Tour  -  Rotor Studios
BRONZE  Slated  -  Engine
Mind-Blowing Breakthroughs - Astrolab Motion
Pentu -Cutting Edge
Australian Museum - Tyrannosaurs - Eye Candy Animation
Run the River - Eye Candy Animation
The Tour De France Explained in Animation - Infobytes Studios
ANZ Grow - Lucid Edge
Electronic Housing Code - Motionlab
2013 Lexus IS Vehicle Tour - Rotor Studios
Baker and McKenzie - Sharing 50 years of History - Taste Media
Climate Modelling - The Explainers
Cancer Australia - Patient Involvement - The Magnificent Itch
David & the Big Heavy - The Solid State
Mazda Infographic - Visual Playground

Rotor Studios took home Silver in the Education & Infographics
category for their Toyota 2014 Kluger Vehicle Tour.

Idents & Stings
GOLD  HBO South Asia 2013  -   MIRARI & CO
SILVER  GO! Channel  -    DD8
BRONZE  SkyMovies Idents   -  Heckler
Tennis Promo - Fox Sports
NRL Launch - Fox Sports
Emporium - Engine
MTV Summer Ident - pictureDRIFT
SBS World Cup App - FSM Film + TV Post
Pause Fest - Yes Captain
World Cup 2014 - SBS Television

DD8 won the Bronze award for the GO! Channel ident in Idents & Stings.