Cogswell College will host Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) technical director Wajid Raza for a special guest lecture entitled “The VFX Pipeline,” March 25, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Dragon’s Den Theatre on campus. The school’s digital arts and animation department regularly features one guest speaker each semester who has prominently established him/herself within the entertainment and digital arts industry.
Raza will discuss how the work of each artist on a large project fits into a chain of complex tasks that, when brought together, will create the ultimate visual effects. He will also cover how a visual effects studio is structured and what contributions are made by each of the studio’s different departments.
Raza is currently working as ILM’s lighting technical director on the upcoming Marvel Entertainment motion picture Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015.) He joined ILM in 2009 as part of its technology group. Since then, he has worked as an assistant technical director, production engineer and technical director on many of the company’s tent-pole projects. Raza was an integral part of the team behind the Academy Award-winning film Rango (2011) and the Academy Award-nominated film Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).