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The newest entries to AEAF 2017 include photoreal modelling and animation from The Embassy VFX, an excellent student entry, and Season 5 of TV series ‘Ripper Street’ from Screen Scene.

AEAF’s New Entries Inspire with Character Animation & Digital Environments

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It is great to see Screen Scene’s work on the final Season 5 of the TV series ‘Ripper Street’ entered once again. The Dublin team’s completely invisible green screen, matte painting and other environmental work transforms the streets of London to tell the story of Jack the Ripper.

Do not hesitate to enter your work and get it posted on the Online Festival pages of the website. Entering is easy - visit the Entry Form page and contact us with any questions.  

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The Embassy VFX in Vancouver created a spot for Nissan Rogue, 'Return of the Snowman', that stands out from the rest with the team’s special style of combining character animation with exciting effects. Not just one but an entire tribe of evil-minded, 3D animated snowmen ambush a rugged Rogue driver with a rain of CG snowballs before their colossal lead Snowman crashes on the scene through the forest.

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In a direct contrast, the Embassy team also built a digital fleet of sleek, perfectly aerodynamic aircraft that gracefully take to the sky for Cathay Pacific's new livery launch. Both projects were completed in Maya, rendered in Arnold with Nuke for compositing and Houdini for FX, and compiled in Premiere Pro.

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Student David Fonti created a film for a fantasy novel written by Brandon Sanderson titled ‘Stormlight’. It was made from a complex Maya animation pipeline that includes Agisoft Photoscan, Zbrush and  Substance Designer and Painter. David now works for Passion Pictures.


Full Speaker Details with bios and Session Descriptions

Weta Digital Joins AEAF Speaker Program

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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, recognised for their performance-driven digital characters in projects ranging from ‘Avatar’ to ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ and ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy. Stay tuned for more exciting information coming soon.

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.

You can book tickets now to attend. Please see and follow all information about the event on the Speaker Program page of the AEAF 2017 website. Further news will become available as the presentations and schedule take shape.

Animal Logic’s Rob Coleman to Speak at AEAF 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.

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Head of Animation at Animal Logic, Rob Coleman, will be among the speakers at AEAF in August to give attendees a glimpse behind the scenes of ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’, showing the Animal Logic team's recent work.

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).

AEAF Welcomes ILM’s VFX Supervisor Jeff Capogreco as Speaker

VFX Supervisor Jeff Capogreco will speak at AEAF from ILM Singapore, where he has worked on films including ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’, ‘The Great Wall’ and ‘Kong: Skull Island’.

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Visual Effects Supervisor Jeff Capogreco is coming to speak at AEAF 2017 from ILM Singapore, where he has been working since 2014 when he joined the company as an Associate VFX Supervisor on ‘Jurassic World’. Most recently, he supported the ILM team in 2016 on ‘The Great Wall’ also as Associate Visual Effects Supervisor and then became VFX Supervisor on ‘Kong: Skull Island’. He is now working on post for ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’, releasing in June 2017.  


He has a post graduate diploma in Computer Animation from Sheridan College and a 10-plus year career producing imagery for top 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 Ian Kirby and Luke Bicevskis

Founder and creative director Ian Kirby and 3D artist Luke Bicevskis 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 Sequence’s new Melbourne, Australia office, will talk about their work and company.

As creative director, Ian works at Sequence as director, producer and visual effects artist. He 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. Ian’s hands-on background in animation, visual effects and live action enables him to undertake and manage a broad spectrum of mediums and projects.

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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’. At Sequence, Luke has applied his skills to projects for clients including Microsoft, Disney and Slack.

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

Meanwhile the Sequence team grew and the studio now handles visual effects and broadcast design for most types of production from concept through completion. Their team’s experience includes the ‘Batman’ and ‘Harry Potter’ franchises, Halo: Fall of Reach, Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2 Civil War and Star Wars: Commander, as well as commercials blending live action with VFX. Other projects are 'Batman: Black and White' and Sony Santa Monica’s video games ‘Bound’ and ‘What Remains of Edith Finch’.

Company evolution notwithstanding, Sequence retains design and artistic expression as the starting point for projects. 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

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VFX Supervisor Lindsay Adams from Iloura visual effects studio 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 is now  seeking artists, supervisors, animators and industry experts to speak at the 2017 Speaker Program, coming up on 15-16 August in Sydney if you would like to be onth eprogram please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AEAF Schedule

Speaker Program
10am  - 5pm 15 August
10am - 5pm 16 August

AEAF Awards
Drinks Reception 6pm 16 August
AEAF Awards Screening 7:30 - 9pm
After Awards drinks and networking

Chauvel Cinema 249 Oxford St Paddington 2021

Registration and Venue details

Speaker Program

Full two-day Speaker program and AEAF Awards Screening,
10am  - 5pm 15 August - 10am - 5pm 16 August

AEAF Awards
Drinks Reception 6pm 16 August
AEAF Awards Screening 7:30 - 9pm
After Awards drinks and networking

Early Bird price with discounts for multiple bookings

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AEAF Awards Screening ONLY -  with discounts for multiple bookings
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Chauvel Cinema 249 Oxford St Paddington 2021