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Animation Effects Award Festival 2017 Speaker Program


War for the Planet for the Apes via Weta Digital
War for the Planet for the Apes via Weta Digital

The Animation Effects Award Festival (AEAF) has announced speakers for its AEAF 2017′ Speaker Program, which takes place from 10am to 5pm on the 15th and 16th of August, with the AEAF awards following at 6pm on the 16th. AEAF 2017 will take place at the Chauvel Cinema in Paddington, Australia.

List of speakers, along with excerpts from their AEAF bios:

Weta Digital

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, recognized for their performance-driven digital characters in projects ranging from Avatar to The Adventures of Tintin and The Hobbit trilogy.

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.

Ron Coleman
Ron Coleman

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
Jeff Capogreco

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.

The Sequence Group’s Ian Kirby and Luke Bicevskis

Two artists are coming to speak at AEAF in August from award-winning creative studio The Sequence Group, based in Vancouver. In business for the last 11 years, the group specializes in design, animation and visual effects. Founder and creative director Ian Kirby, and 3D artist Luke Bicevskis, who is also creative director at

Ian Kirby
Ian Kirby

Sequence’s new Melbourne, Australia office, will talk about their work and company.

Kirby 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.

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.

Luke Bicevskis
Luke Bicevskis

Sequence opened in 2006 with an initial focus on broadcast design and motion comics. Kirby 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.

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

Lindsay Adams
Lindsay Adams

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 states on their site that they are looking for supervisors, animators and industry experts to speak at their 2017 Speaker Program, 15th to the 16th of August. If you would like to be on the AEAF program, they ask that you please email Sean Young at [email protected].

You may register for AEAF 2017 here.

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