July 8-2020
‘VFX Pros: Home Edition’s upcoming edition is set to discuss pressing issues surrounding racial and gender bias

Do you fancy yourself as a VFX enthusiast? VFX webinars are in spades. VES society’s webcast series that are hosted by industry professionals on zoom have embellished insightful and relevant sessions on the landscape for the AVGC community.

The George Floyd incident caused a furore all around the world, igniting discussions around racism. The dialogue has trickled down all sectors including VFX community. Recently Netflix had conducted a discussion on jobs and people of colour. VES Society’s latest edition is an initiative towards building a more inclusive community.

Set to happen on 9 June 2020 at 5 pm PST, the latest special edition of VFX Pros: Home Edition will shin a spotlight on how to spot and shift gender, race & LGBTQI bias in the industry.

We have natural tendencies to assign people into various social categories by traits, such as age, gender, race, and role. And some of our implicit or unconscious thinking includes stereotypes, which are traits that we associate with a category – and that can lead to discrimination if we are not vigil.

The discussion will be centered on questions like :-

How is Hollywood doing? What does that matter? And how do we make the unconscious conscious and change it?

Award-winning filmmaker and director of inclusion initiatives at the American Film Institute Nancy Malone and former Director of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women Tessa Blake will provide an incisive presentation on how to spot bias and how to change it, providing tangible ways that organisations, people and productions can make small changes that will make a big difference toward greater equity.

VES


The Visual Effects Society is a professional global honorary society dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences and applications of visual effects and to upholding the highest standards and procedures for the visual effects profession. It is the entertainment industry’s only official organization representing the extended global community of visual effects practitioners, including supervisors, artists, producers, technology developers, educators and studio executives. VES’ more than 4,000 members in 40 countries worldwide contribute to all areas of entertainment – film, television, commercials, animation, music videos, games, new media and special venues.

VFX Pros: Home edition is a dynamic new initiative that will shine a light on a range of issues and developments in the visual effects sphere with a hot lineup of talks with successful visual effects professionals from different backgrounds – and a new platform for inspired storytelling. The live-casts will entail interactive forums with top pros offering career insights, words of wisdom and tales of triumph and adversity from their VFX journeys.

— Get their insights on tools and techniques and more!

  • The evolution of compositing
  • Photo-real vs. photo-believable: what does the audience see
  • Fix it in Comp: benefits vs. over/misuses
  • Good vs. sloppy compositing
  • The ins & outs of being a generalist vs specialist
  • Overuse of fake camera and lens tricks
  • Our favorite film comp sequences: how we did it and how would we do it today!

VES shared, “Join us for a special edition of VFX Pros: Home Edition this Thursday, July 9th at 5pm PST — Learn How to Spot and Shift Gender, Race & LGBTQI Bias. We naturally assign people into various social categories by traits, such as age, gender, race, and role. And some of our implicit or unconscious thinking includes stereotypes, which are traits that we associate with a category – and that can lead to discrimination if we are not careful. How is Hollywood doing? What does that matter? And how do we make the unconscious conscious and change it? Award-winning filmmaker, Nancy Malone Director of Inclusion Initiatives at the American Film Institute and former Director of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women, Tessa Blake will provide an incisive presentation on how to spot bias and how to change it, providing tangible ways that organisations, people and productions can make small changes that will make a big difference toward greater equity.”

This live webcast series is set to help VFX artists from around the world to gain knowledge about the field and encourage professionals around the world to be more conscious about dealing with discriminatory situations and ensure the springboard for best practises in the industry with regards to inclusiveness and fairness.