WEBINAR SERIES

Academy Software Foundation: Careers in Film+Technology

This free webinar series developed by the Academy Software Foundation (ASWF) provides students interested in film and technology with an inside look at careers in visual effects and animation. 

Developers and engineers from studios including Netflix, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Pixar, and Sony Pictures Imageworks will share how they got started, what their current job entails, and the impact that open source software has had in their career. Professors and hiring managers will also share suggestions for topics to study, skills to develop, and resources that can help you along the way.

Scroll down to the Course Outline below to register for the live webinars. You’ll have a chance to interact with guest speakers and ask them about their experiences! If you can’t make it, check back here to view the on-demand recording after the session.

Who Is It For

The next generation of young creators and problem solvers. High school and college students from all backgrounds who love movies and are interested in technology, computer science, computer graphics, visual effects or animation. No experience in computer science or animation is needed.
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What You’ll Learn

This webinar series explores various technical careers in the motion picture industry including day-to-day responsibilities and skills needed. You will also learn about open source software (free software that anyone can use or contribute to), its importance for the motion picture industry, and how it can help you develop new skills and further your career.
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What It Prepares You For

These webinars will help you determine if you want to pursue a career in visual effects or animation. You’ll have a better understanding of how software is used to make movies and how open source software can help you develop the skills that you’ll need to succeed.
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Course Outline
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REGISTER: Making Movies with Open Source Software
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 25 2021, 5:00 PM IN PACIFIC TIME (US AND CANADA)
Speakers:
Christina Tempelaar-Lietz, Epic Games
Rob Bredow, Industrial Light & Magic
Rachel Rose, Industrial Light & Magic
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REGISTER: VFX Careers: Software Engineer
THURSDAY MARCH 4 2021, 5:00 PM IN PACIFIC TIME (US AND CANADA)
Speakers:
Bridgette Powell, MobileCoin
Trina Roy, Pixar
Karen Ruggles, DeSales University
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REGISTER: VFX Careers: Technical Director
THURSDAY MARCH 18 2021, 5:00 PM IN PACIFIC TIME (US AND CANADA)
Speakers:
Mallory King, Apple
Tracy Priest, Blue Sky Studios
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REGISTER: VFX Careers: Color Scientist
THURSDAY APRIL 1 2021, 5:00 PM IN PACIFIC TIME (US AND CANADA)
Speakers:
Carol Payne, Netflix
Michael Dolan, Epic Games
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REGISTER: VFX Careers: Pipeline Developer
THURSDAY APRIL 15 2021, 5:00 PM IN PACIFIC TIME (US AND CANADA)
Speakers:
Kirk Chantraine, Industrial Light & Magic
Alexa Zalipyatskikh, Shotgun
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REGISTER: VFX Careers: Art + Technology
THURSDAY APRIL 29 2021, 5:00 PM IN PACIFIC TIME (US AND CANADA)
Speakers:
Shabnam Abbarin, Sony Pictures Imageworks
Kathryn Skorpil, DreamWorks
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About the Academy Software Foundation (ASWF):

The Academy Software Foundation is a collaborative effort to advance open source software development in the motion picture and media industries. It provides a neutral forum for developers to share resources and collaborate on open source technologies for image creation, visual effects, animation, and sound. The ASWF is home to OpenVDB, OpenColorIO, OpenEXR, OpenCue, OpenTimelineIO, and Open Shading Language. For more information about the Academy Software Foundation, visit www.aswf.io.

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