At this year’s SIGGRAPH we hosted a panel session featuring several talented women from the VFX industry – speaking about their experiences as professionals in the industry.
KATE GABRIEL | THE MILL
As a highly experienced VFX artist, Kate has worked on some of The Mill’s most challenging and high-profile projects, including the award-nominated Nike ‘Awaken The Phantom’ and The Chemical Brothers ‘Free Yourself’ directed by dom&nic, as well as Three ‘Free Your Puggerfly’. Her creative highlights also include Formula E ‘Battle Scars’ directed by Russell Tickner at Mill+ and Guinness ‘Discover Extraordinary Flavour’. Kate has also been a Chair of the London ACM SIGGRAPH for the past 4 years.
LISA NOLAN | DNEG
Lisa started her career as a Generalist with the classic Vancouver VFX trifecta of Sci Fi Channel movies, talking dogs, and Stargate. She moved to FX for feature film in 2011 when her supervisor assumed that since she had previously opened Houdini and knew about the “press tab” thing, she would be able to solve a tricky FX problem that had been plaguing him. Fortunately, it worked out. She has since been an FX Lead on shows such as ‘Maze Runner’, ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, and now on Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming adaptation of ‘Dune’ at DNEG Vancouver. (edited)
DANICKA OGLESBY | INTIFIC
Danicka is a recent SideFX Games Intern and is currently a technical artist at Intific. With a background in math and a strong interest in art, she found her way into computer graphics through Texas A&M’s graduate program in Visualization. She focuses on procedural systems, physical simulations and tool creation for pipeline efficiency. She enjoys a good technical challenge and loves using her skills for creating art, developing better workflows, and everything in between.
ERIN RAMOS | WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS
Erin has been in the visual effects industry for 16 years, working as an effects artist and technical director. Her credits include such films as Snow White and the Huntsman, The Hobbit 2: The Desolation of Smaug, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and The Golden Compass which took home the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects in 2008. In 2014, she joined Walt Disney Animation Studios to help with research and development efforts for animated water. She served as an Effects Lead for Disney’s Academy Award-nominated film Moana. In 2017 she received an Annie Award for Best Animated Effects in an Animated Production for Moana. She is currently an effects supervisor for Disney Animation’s upcoming release, Frozen 2. Ramos is a 2002 graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and engineering.