AEAF 2019 Speaker Program 16 August
A Perfect Day at AEAF
AEAF is a celebration of VFX and Animation with a speaker program and awards evening.
AEAF takes place on 16 August, in Paddington, Sydney. Following a packed day of talks from the leading lights of the VFX industry, the AEAF Awards Night is a celebration of the best work by digital artists artists from around the world.
AEAF’s speakers include VFX Supervisors, Animation and Creative Directors, who will enlighten the industry with new, creative approaches to their work and insights into the projects they have contributed to.
10 am Meet and Greet - Complimentary Coffee and muffins
Networking Lunch - light lunch provided
Speaker Program 10:30 am - 6 pm 16 August
AEAF Awards 6pm - 10 pm 16 August
AEAF is happy to welcome new speakers to the 2019 programme -
entries to the AEAF Awards are now open. See the Entry Form.
11:45 AM - Cutting Edge - Zenon Kohler - Creative Director
and Ian Anderson - Animation Director
Zenon Kohler and Ian Anderson are a creative duo that was forged at Cutting Edge’s Brisbane studio. Over the years, they have created many original characters for the studio's projects and will talk about their approach and processes, using a number of examples from their shortform character work as reference. They will take you through a deep dive into what it takes to develop a character that's loved by young and old. As masters of character development, animation and design, they will take you on a journey from early ideation, through development and delivery of characters across 2D and 3D animation, illustration, wearable costumes and all kinds of merchandise.
Together, they collaborate closely on a variety of projects that need memorable, distinctive and often lovable animated characters. They have a special place in their hearts for stories that require character development and design. As a team, they have created Borobi - the AEAF Gold winning Commonwealth Games mascot, Steve - Betadine’s longrunning bacteria character, and Hogster - Hog’s Breath Cafe’s mascot.
Creative Director, Zenon Kohler
Zenon Kohler is an award-winning Creative Director and VFX Supervisor at Cutting Edge. Zenon has an innate passion for creative development and design. His background in visual effects and animation gives him a tremendous advantage when it comes to directing projects that rely heavily on these disciplines. Already highly experienced when he started working at Cutting Edge in 2011, earlier in his career he worked as Art Director at Animal Logic and The Post Lounge.
Animation Director, Ian Anderson
Ian Anderson is Animation Director at Cutting Edge, where he has been working since 2001. His career began at the legendary animation studio of Richard Williams, before moving to Sydney for Disney Television and later transitioning into advertising. He has a singular talent for combining his experience in 3D with old school animation to create extraordinary imagery.
11:00 AM - UTS Animal Logic Academy - Projects
Artists from UTS Animal Logic Academy will be speaking at AEAF in August 2019. UTS ALA’s VFX lead Matt Estela and Creative Lead Chris Ebeling will present Academy projects with a focus on the transfer of skills from traditional VFX pipelines to real-time projects such as games, VR, AR and o thers. Animation director Simon Rippingale, at work on his PhD at UTS ALA, will make a presentation on his short film ‘Jasper’ that won a Gold Award at AEAF in 2018.
Matt Estela has over 17 years of experience in 3D animation, working at Framestore, The Mill, Finish and Smoke and Mirrors, as well as co-directing a studio called 'The House of Curves' with 3D artist and director Andrew Daffy. For the past 9 years, Matt has worked on many films and filled several roles at Animal Logic Sydney, most recently working as VR Supervisor on the Lego Batman Movie.
In 2014, Matt started using Houdini FX and created CGWiki Houdini tips that led to many speaking invitations and eventually towards education and the Academy.
VFX Lead Matt Estela
Creative Lead at the Academy, Chris Ebeling is an animator, creative director, digital artist and writer, having worked on Hollywood feature films such as ‘The Lego Movie’, ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘Gods of Egypt’ and ‘Happy Feet 2’. He has also directed projects in virtual and augmented reality, as well as PC and mobile games. With artistic storytelling and creative direction as his main fascination, he keeps an eye on emerging technologies, while nurturing his passion for mentoring young artists of the future.
Animation director and PhD candidate Simon Rippingale will talk about making his short film ‘Jasper’, a Gold Award winner at AEAF in 2018. ‘Jasper’ began life as an animated story created as a part of an initiative to encourage young women to study STEM subjects and reject gender stereotyping. However, behind the scenes, the film has involved a huge amount of research as part of Simon’s PhD, which explores new techniques for realising moving images and visual effects on screen.
Creative Lead Chris Ebeling
The animation was developed at the boundary between analogue and digital animation and aims, Simon says, to ‘explore the way different image making techniques can affect the emotional experience of the audience by bringing greater tangibility and realness to story images’. He has created handmade real sets and models, as well as CG imagery, lights and elements, and combined them into a style between stop motion and 3D animation.
Along the way, his efforts to bring the analogue information into the digital process has included techniques ranging from 3D printing to motion capture. Use of photogrammetry led to importing the scanned set into Unreal Engine 4 and investigating how augmented reality could be used in real-time previsualisation. He also photographed his little set multiple times using a robotic arm to produce animation layers with identical camera moves.
Simon Rippingale, on set.
10:45 AM AFTRS Gets Animated
Krista Jordan is Head of Animation at the Australian Film Television and Radio School and has over twenty years of professional industry experience in creative and commercial filmmaking. Her professional film credits include ‘The Matrix’, ‘The Matrix Reloaded’, ‘Rabbit-Proof Fence’, ‘Moulin Rouge’ and Academy Award-winning ‘Happy Feet’.
Krista Jordan, Head of Animation
More recently, Krista’s focus has shifted to learning, leadership and strategic development, supporting and developing new talent as they take on the challenges of working as a creative professional in film and media. Before her current position at AFTRS, she was Learning and Development Manager at Animal Logic and worked with the curriculum development team to establish the UTS Animal Logic Academy ‘Master of Animation and Visualisation’ degree in 2017.
Program at a glance
AEAF Awards reception from 6.00pm, Screening 7.30pm
11:00 am UTS Animal Logic Academy - Projects
10:30 am Google Cloud - Bjorn Leffler
lives in Sydney.
10:30 am Google Cloud - Bjorn Leffler - Senior Cloud Engineer, Office of the CTO
Next generation cloud technologies for Movie Studios
Bjorn is a Senior Cloud Engineer in the Cloud Office of the CTO at Google, specializing in storage systems, high performance workloads and large scale deployments. He works with cloud customers from a variety of industries, making sure their infrastructure is scalable, high performance and cost efficient.
Prior to Google, Bjorn worked seven years in the movie industry at Pixar and Animal Logic, supporting the production of award winning animated movies and visual effects. Favourite credits include ‘Cars’, ‘Ratatouille’, ‘Wall-E’ and ‘Up’. At Pixar, Bjorn worked on rendering optimisation and the in-house software used to on feature film projects. He also built the storage and asset management system that Pixar uses today. At Animal Logic, Bjorn rewrote the scheduling software used to coordinate thousands of concurrent batch jobs on the local render farm.