Confirmed Speakers VIEW 2017

Scott Stokdyk

Overall VFX Supervisor, Academy Award Winner - Valerian & City of a Thousand Planets

Overall VFX Supervisor on Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, is an Academy Award® winner and three-time Oscar® nominee. He has also been nominated for British […]

Martyn Culpitt

Visual Effects Supervisor - Logan - Image Engine

Visual Effects Supervisor, Martyn Culpitt plays a central role at Image Engine, where his technical expertise and natural leadership style have been drawn upon for some of the company’s most […]

Simone Kraus

CEO / Animation Supervisor - TRIXTER

Simone Kraus has worked in the animation and visual effects industry for the past 15 years. Since 1998 she has been the co-owner of Trixter and has been a key […]

Rob Pardo

Legendary Game Designer, known for WORLD of WARCRAFT - CEO Bonfire Studios

Rob is the CEO at Bonfire Studios, a game studio focused on multiplayer games that bring players closer together, united in a sense of adventure, exploration and fellowship. Previous to […]

Eric Darnell

Chief Creative Director Baobab Studios - known for MADAGASCAR

Eric Darnell is chief creative officer and co-founder of Baobab Studios, the leading VR animation studio. The company Emmy-award winning VR animation, “Invasion!” starring Ethan Hawke, launched to substantial critical […]

Joe Letteri

Senior Visual Effects Supervisor, 4-time Academy Award Winner - Weta Digital

Joe’s pioneering work in visual effects has earned him four Academy Awards® for Best Visual Effects—for Avatar, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: […]

John Nelson

Overall VFX supervisor, Academy Award Winner - Bladerunner 2049

Upon returning to the US John went to work for Industrial Light & Magic where he animated several key scenes in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), most notably where the […]

Christopher Townsend

Overall VFX Supervisor, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 - Marvel Studios

Christopher Townsend, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, was the overall VFX Supervisor on Iron Man 3. Originally from England, he traveled and worked throughout […]

Vicki Dobbs Beck

Executive in Charge - ILMxLAB

Vicki Dobbs Beck has more than twenty-nine years of broad-based management experience in the entertainment industry.  She drives top-level strategic vision and translates that into successful, sustainable strategies that foster […]

Bill Westenhofer

Overall VFX supervisor, 2-time Academy Award Winner - Warner Bros. Pictures

BILL WESTENHOFER is a two-time Academy Award® winning visual effects supervisor. He recently served as overall VFX supervisor for Warner Brothers’ Wonder Woman (2017), directed by Patty Jenkins. He has […]

Randy Lake

President of Studio Operations & Imageworks - Sony Pictures Imageworks

Randy Lake is President of Studio Operations & Imageworks. He is responsible for managing overall operations, strategy and planning of Sony Pictures Imageworks, Post Production Services, Production Services, Global Mastering […]

Kim White

Director of Photography - Lighting, CARS 3 - Pixar Animation Studios

Kim White has been at Pixar Animation Studios since 1997. While there she contributed prop modeling and lighting for “A Bugs Life”, “Toy Story 2”, “Monsters Inc.” and “The Incredibles”. […]

Phil Chen

Co-Founder HTC VIVE, Advisor @ Horizons Ventures, - Managing Partner @ Presence Capital

Phil’s entrepreneurial career spanned three waves in eBooks, Mobile, and Virtual Reality. In 2005, He was VP of Product of the Alex eReader that licensed to B&N to become the […]

Rob Coleman

Head of Animation - Lego Batman Movie - Animal Logic

Rob Coleman joined Animal Logic in 2012 as the studio’s Head of Animation. Rob is a two-time Oscar nominee for his animation work on Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and […]

Paul Debevec

Senior Staff Engineer, Academy Award Winner - Google VR, ICT

Is a Senior Staff Engineer at Google VR and an Adjunct Research Professor at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies. Since his 1996 Ph.D. at the University […]

Jan-Bart Van Beek

Studio Art Director - Guerrilla Games

Jan-Bart van Beek oversees the art and animation quality of all Guerrilla projects. A photography student at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, Jan-Bart turned to computer […]

Hal Hickel

Animation Supervisor, ROGUE ONE, Academy Award Winner - ILM. Academy Award & Bafta winner

Hal Hickel joined Industrial Light & Magic in 1996 as an animator for The Lost World: Jurassic Park. His special interest in animation lies in the challenge of integrating fantastic […]

Mark Osborne - view conference 2017

Mark Osborne


Two time Academy Award®-nominated director Mark Osborne has been telling stories with animation and live-action for more than twenty-five years. Currently, Osborne is co-writing and developing several new feature film […]

Noelle Triaureau - view conference 2017

Noëlle Triaureau

Production Designer: SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE - Sony Pictures Animation

Noëlle Triaureau is the Production Designer on Sony Pictures Animation’s upcoming, full CG SMURFS movie which is scheduled for theatrical release in March 2017. Since joining the creative team at […]

Mike Ford Sony Pictures Animation View Conference 2017

Mike Ford

VFX Supervisor SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE - Sony Pictures Imageworks

Michael Ford is a visual effects supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks most recently supervising the fully-animated feature film SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE for Sony Pictures Animation. He previously worked on […]

Carlos Zaragoza

Production Designer: THE EMOJI MOVIE - Sony Pictures Animation

Carlos Zaragoza currently serves as a Production Designer for Sony Pictures Animation The Emoji Movie, which is slated for worldwide theatrical release July 28, 2017. Carlos, a talented hybrid artist, has […]

Kris Pearn

Director: The Willoughbys - Bron Animation

Kris is an Animation Story Artist and Director with over 18 years experience in film and television. Born and raised on a goat farm in Southern Ontario Canada, Kris was […]

Cinzia Angelini

Director: MILA

Cinzia Angelini is a freelance story artist, writer and director with more than twenty years of experience in the animation industry. She worked as animator and story artist in feature […]

Francesco Filippi

Red Hands - Studio Minstral

Born in 1975, he graduated in Science of Education at the University of Bologna with a thesis about Japanese animation. He studied film direction and screenwriting at School of Visual […]

Michael Rubin

Founder & Chief Photo Officer - Neomodern

Michael Rubin has been a photographer for more than 35 years. Concurrently, he has had an entrepreneurial career that has spanned industries such as publishing, consumer retail, entertainment media and […]

Martin Hill

VFX Supervisor, Academy Technical Achievement Award Winner - Weta Digital

Martin joined Weta Digital in 2004 for King Kong, working on the look development for Kong. He moved on to Shaders Supervisor, overseeing the look/dev of the digital assets on […]

Victor Perez

VFX Supervisor - Gabriele Salvatores Invisible Boy sequel

Victor Perez is a senior visual effects artist with over 20 years of production experience in computer graphics and visual effects along different countries. He’s considered a NUKE™ guru and […]


Larry Cutler

Chief Technical Officer - Baobab Studios

Larry Cutler is Chief Technical Officer of Baobab Studios, the leading VR animation studio. The companys Emmy-award winning VR animation, “Invasion!” starring Ethan Hawke, launched to substantial critical acclaim, with […]

Elisabeth Morant

Product Manager - Google Tilt Brush

Elisabeth Morant is the Product Manager for Google’s “Tilt Brush”, an award winning virtual reality application that allows anyone to paint in 3D space at room scale. With Tilt Brush, […]

Maureen Fan

CEO, Co-Founder - Baobab Studios

Maureen is CEO and co-founder of Baobab Studios, the industry’s leading VR animation studio. The company’s Emmy-award winning VR animation, “Invasion!” starring Ethan Hawke, launched to substantial critical acclaim, with […]

Bernard Yee

Executive Producer/Program Manager - Oculus Game VR

Bernard Yee is currently Executive Producer/TPM at Oculus on the Oculus Rex team in Seattle. Oculus Rex has created the seminal VR experiences for Oculus current generation of hardware: Dreamdeck […]

Eloi Champagne

Technical Director - National Film Board of Canada, VR

Eloi Champagne is the Technical Director at the NFB Animation Studio in Montreal. He specializes in VR/AR, Animation, Interactivity, Filmmaking, VFX, S3D… A jack of all trades of storytelling innovation, […]

Shannon Tindle

Director/Writer - Sony Pictures Animation

Emmy® award-winning artist and 4 time Annie Award nominee, Shannon Tindle, began working in the film industry in 2000 after attending the California Institute of the Arts. Tindle has served […]

David Putrino

Director of Rehabilitation Innovation - Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai

David is physical therapist with a PhD in Neuroscience. He worked as a clinician in Australia, before moving to the United States to study computational neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, […]

Dave Rosenbaum

Chief Creative Officer - Cinesite Studios

Dave is Chief Creative Officer at Cinesite Studios, responsible for all creative aspects of the company’s output in Montreal, Vancouver and London. Before joining Cinesite, Dave was VP of Talent […]

Kevin Lin

COO - Twitch.TV

Kevin Lin is COO of Twitch (, the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers. In 2008, he joined as COO, helping launch the Twitch platform in […]

Jason Bickerstaff

Character Artist - Pixar Animation Studios

Jason Bickerstaff is a Character Artist at Pixar Animation Studios. Since joining the studio in 1996 he’s contributed to numerous short films, theme park and feature film projects as a […]

Claudio Pedica

Senior Interaction Designer - Sólfar Studios

Claudio Pedica is a Senior Interaction Designer at Solfar Studio and A.I. Researcher at Reykjavik University, Socially Expressive Computing Group. He’s based in Iceland, a little below the arctic circle. […]

Warren Franklin

Executive Producer - Cinesite Studios

Warren Franklin, Executive Producer, is a global leader of the visual effects and animation industry. As the founder and former CEO of Rainmaker Entertainment, Mr. Franklin created one of North […]

Megan Brain

Paper sculpture designer - Origami, Kubo and The Two Strings

Megan Brain grew up in Los Angeles California.  She earned her BFA degree in Traditional Animation and Illustration at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco.  In 2004 she […]

LK Shelley

Managing Partner - Affiniti Ventures | AV(M)

LK Shelley has over 17 years’ international experience in the US, EU and Asia/JP. She participated in and transacted investments from US$5-$900M and exited a couple of ventures of her […]

Elaina Scott

Animation Supervisor - Supergirl - The CW

I Graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 2002. Prior to my starting at Cal Arts, I did my foundational art year at Otis College of Design. During […]

Leslie Iwerks

Director: The Hand Behind the Mouse, The Pixar Story, - ILM: Creating the Impossible

Leslie Iwerks is an Academy Award® and Emmy® nominated director and producer. For over a decade, she has produced, directed, and edited award-winning feature and short documentaries, television specials, tributes, […]

Angie Wojak

Director of Career Development - School of Visual Arts

Angie Wojak is the Director of Career Development at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She specializes in cultivating relationships with employers and internship hosts in animation, […]

Alex Williams

Head of Animation - Escape Studios

Alex Williams is an animator and cartoonist whose film credits include Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, The Lion King, The Iron Giant, the three latest Harry Potter films, and The Chronicles […]

Tiffany Feeney

Founder - Talent Outpost

Founder of Talent Outpost, began her recruiting career in animation in New York City and has gone on to recruit for DreamWorks Animation, Zynga, and Google. Her company, Talent Outpost, […]

Gary Negus

VP Sales, EMEA - Sohonet

Gary leads the delivery and development of Sohonet’s sales and customer account management practice across Europe. He has 25+ experience implementing the best practices for sales and customer relationship management […]

Craig Dibble

Lead Render Systems Engineer - MPC Film

Craig is the Lead Render Systems Engineer at MPC. He has been the lead architect on MPC’s secure cloud render platform, first developed for Disney’s “The Jungle Book”, and the […]

David Spilsbury

Director of Technology - MPC Advertising

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Oliver Pennington

Head of Engineering - Sohonet

Oliver joined Sohonet in 2013, and leads the UK Engineering team with the long-term goal of automating the existing Engineering and Operations workflow.Oliver is in charge of the development and […]