What Makes a CG Superstar? | Panel | SIGGRAPH 2018

What makes a CG artist stand out as a ‘superstar’ among his or her peers? Find out in this panel discussion with studio leaders and artists.

Andy Hayes – Framestore
Shaun Roth – DNEG
Andrew Lowell – Freelance Educator
Ben Watts – Freelance Artist
Matt Estela – UTS Animal Logic Academy

Moderator: Christopher Hebert – SideFX

Matt Estela
Matt Estela is VFX Lead in Residence at The Animal Logic Academy, University of Technology Sydney. He teaches VFX and VR as part of a Masters of Animation and Visualisation. Matt also maintains CGWiki, a popular website for Houdini training, and prior to UTS spent nearly 10 years at Animal Logic in Lighting, FX and CG supervisor roles.

Andy Hayes
Andy Hayes graduated with a Masters Degree from Bournemouth University,England and then worked at the University for a number of years, culminating in running the MSc Computer Animation programme, Andy then moved into film FX, working at Animal Logic, Framestore and Dreamworks Animation – where he picked up a VES for How To Train Your Dragon and an Annie for Rise of The Guardians. He then returned to Framestore in 2012 in the role of Head of Effects, where he oversees the FX teams in London and Montreal.

Andrew Lowell
Andrew Lowell’s career in the arts started in music recording/mixing and also branched into video editing, compositing, and 3D FX; Eventually breaking into the VFX industry in Los Angeles. Thereafter his career has spanned several countries, and major studios such as Rhythm and Hues, CIS Vancouver, Animal Logic, and Digital Domain. Andrew’s professional growth in the field was fuelled by keeping his skill set diverse; continually taking on the most challenging projects and innovative shotwork.

Shaun Roth
Shaun Roth joined DNEG in 2011 where he moved up the ranks to FX Supervisor and most recently Head of FX at their Vancouver Studio. He has worked in FX Supervsion for films such as The Fate of the Furious and Star Trek – Beyond and as a TD on films including John Carter, Thor 2, The Book of Exodus and Captain America – The First Avenger. Among his many credits, a highlight of his career was working as lead on the blackhole from the film Interstellar. Before DNEG he worked for Zoic, and for Warner Brothers on the hit TV show Supernatural.

Ben Watts
I’m a freelance Houdini FX artist from Swan Hill, Australia. I work on a wide variety of projects and collaborate with many different studios worldwide. I’ve gained valuable experience creating a range of FX. Some include: Fire, Smoke, Destruction, Liquids, Particles & Procedural based FX. As a freelancer you often learn a bit of everything whilst working on personal projects, and over the years I’ve gained essential experience Lighting, Rendering & Compositing. I look forward to expanding my knowledge of Houdini and FX skillset in the years ahead.

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