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Walt Disney Pictures



Douglas Trumbull

Northeastern University

South Park

Crest Animation Studios


Kleiser - Walczak 

Industrial Light + Magic

Digital Domain

Warner Brothers

Universal Studios


True Office

Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg


Sony Pictures Imageworks


-VIEW Conference, Torino Italy

October 15-20, 2023

Conference Advisor & Panelist : AI in Education

- RTC: Real Time Economic Summit

Museum of the Moving Image, Brooklyn, NY

May 15-16, 2023

Speaker: Education working session, challenges of real-time technology


- AI & The Lens + Screen Arts Symposium

School of Visual Arts, SVA Theatre, NYC

March 18, 2023

Moderator and guest speaker

- GLAS Animation Festival (online)

April 8, 2022

Panel Moderator: "How to Get the Gig" - reprise!

- Netflix Animation (corporate) : internal education and training, invited talk

April 6, 2022

"Accelerating Script to Screen"

- GLAS Animation Festival (online)

April 16, 2021

Panel Moderator: "How to Get the Gig" 

- Vancouver Art Gallery Advisory Board


"The Imitation Game: Visual Culture in the Age of Artificial Intelligence"


-Rochester Institute of Technology: Frameless XR Symposium

November 2020

Keynote: Mixed Reality and Lifelong Learning.

-VIEW Conference, Torino Italy

October 2019

Panel Moderator: Finding Your Voice

-Pixel Show. São Paulo, Brazil. The largest design conference in Latin America

October 2018 

Keynote speaker "From Star Wars to South Park", 30 years of production stories.

-Annecy Festival of Animation. Annecy, France.

June, 2017 

Panel organizer and speaker "Getting Hired and Staying Hired in Animation"

-IVA 2014, 14th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents. Boston, MA.

August 28th, 2014 

Animation and Collaboration


-CGAMESUSA - 19th Annual Conference on Computer Games: Louisville, Kentucky

July 28th - 30th, 2014

Keynote Speaker - “The History and Future of Animation”


-Journees AFIG / Paris ACM SIGGRAPH chapter: Limoges and Paris

November 28/29 2013 

ACM Distinguished Speaker - A History of Computer Animation; screening and lecture


-MIAF 2013: 13th Annual Melbourne International Animation Festival. Melbourne, Australia June 2013 

ACM Distinguished Speaker - A History of Computer Animation; screening and lecture


-RMIT University & Newcastle Universities. Australia

June 2013 

ACM Distinguished Speaker - Creative Industries / Collaboration and Technology


-fmx2013: International Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia. Stuttgart, Germany, April 2013 

Master of Ceremonies, Panel Speaker & Associate Board Member


-SWISSEX- Consulate of Switzerland: Cambridge, MA.

Oct.10th, 2012 

Invited Lecture on “Game Art, Creative Industries and CG101” with Chris Solarski


-y4IT: 10th annual international workshop on Networking Issues in Multimedia Entertainment Manila, Philippines. Sept., 2012

ACM Distinguished Lecture invitation: Collaboration and the Creative Industries


-MIT Lincoln Lab: Lexington, MA. Aug.2nd, 2012

Distinguished Lecture Series on “Entertainment and Innovation : Special Effects and Movie Magic”


-Beijing Detao Masters Academy: Shanghai, China. July 10-15th, 2011 Toronto, ON.

Oct.27th, 2011

Invited “Master of animation, visual effects and Creative Industries”.


-DigiFEST: International Digital Media Festival. Toronto, ON.

Oct.27th, 2011

Invited Lecture on “Creative Industries: Collaborations in Films, Games and Academia”.


-ISEA 2011: 17th International Symposium on Electronic Art. Istanbul, Turkey.

Sept., 2011

Keynote - Revolution. Excellence. Agility.


-7th IEEE International Workshop on Networking Issues in Multimedia Entertainment.

Maui, HI. July, 2011



-Mundos Digitales: 10th Conference on Animation, VFX, Videogames & Digital Architecture. 

A Coruña, Spain. July, 2011



-Game Education Summit - North American. Redmond, WA.

June, 2011

Invited Speaker - “Interdisciplinary Collaboration”


-British Consulate Trade Delegation. Liverpool, UK. April, 2011

Invited Guest presenter - Creative Industries


-PAX East. Boston, MA. March, 2011

Invited Panelist: “Getting the Most out of Game Education”; “Portfolios & Demos that Rock”


-Montreal International Game Summit. Montreal, Canada. Nov. 8th, 2010

Invited Speaker


-VIEW: 11th International Computer Graphics Conference. Torino, Italy. Oct.28th, 2010

Invited Speaker


-SIGGRAPH 2010: 37th International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques. LA, CA. July 2010

Opening Address - Conference Chair


-Università di Firenze, Dipartimento di Sistemi e Informatica. Firenze, Italy, May 15th, 2010

Invited Guest Speaker


-New Academy Of Fine Art (NABA) - Department Media Design & New Media Art.

Milano, Italy. May 11th 2010

Invited Guest Speaker


-Boston Museum of Science: “Living in a CG World” Jan.27th,  2010

Invited Lecture - “A brief history of computer graphics.”


-Global Entrepreneurship Week Boston, MA. Nov.17, 2009

Moderator “Making Your Name in a Changing Gaming Industry”


-Microsoft New England Research & Development Center Cambridge, MA. Oct.20, 2009

Guest Speaker along with Jason Schupbach

“The State of the State: Video Games in Massachusetts”


-ABC News. On camera interview “Ahead of the Curve” segment. July 2009

Discussing and promoting the 2009 SIGGRAPH Conference along with Mk Haley


-Game Education Summit. Carnegie Mellon Univ.’s ETC. June 16th-17th 2009

Lecture on building a Game Design curriculum at Northeastern Univ.


-History Channel: UFO Hunters / Season 3. Los Angeles, CA. Spring 2009

On-camera image analysis expert ... multiple episodes began airing 2009.


-Global Entrepreneurship Week Boston, MA. Nov.17-21st 2008

Moderator “Digital Media’s Leaders and Their Ideas”

Panelist “Creative Industries and the Global Economy”


-SIGGRAPH 2008 Conference Los Angeles, CA. August 2008

Presenting “35 Years of Computer Graphics: The Game Show!”


-History Channel: UFO Hunters / Season 2. Los Angeles, CA. Summer 2008

On-camera image analysis expert ... multiple episodes begin airing in September 2008.


-CgAM2008 : Global Conference for Advertising and Marketing Professionals. Los Angeles, CA. March 2008

Invited moderator and co-host (with Barbara Robertson).


-fmx/08 : 13th International Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Digital Media. Stuttgart, Germany, May 2008

Advisory Board member


-ANIMA Brussels Animation Festival: Invited lecturer, Brussels, Belgium, February 2008

The SIGGRAPH Animation Festival selection process, and A Brief History of Computer Graphics: From the 1940’s to tomorrow.


-FM Global Research Group: Guest Speaker, mid-year research meeting. July 20th, 2007

Blow It Up and Burn It! (But not for real) : How Hollywood has developed both practical special effects and digital visual effects to simulate very realistic pyrotechnics.


-IIFF (Institute for Independent Film Financing) : Invited Speaker, March 15th, 2007

The Animation Business in Flux: Evolving Trends & Emerging Opportunities for Filmmakers & Financiers


-Graphite 2006 : Keynote speaker, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Nov.29th - Dec.2th, 2006

International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques

The Top 5 Things That Will Doom Your Animation Production


-Pixar Animation Studios : Presenting the 2006 Electronic Theater. October 30th, 2006


-fmx/06 : Stuttgart, Germany. Summer 2006.

Invited lecturer - 'How To Get Your Animated Short Rejected: Don't focus on excellence in story, editing, art direction, acting and cinematography


-Purdue University: PICET Speaker “Digital Cinema and Cinematography"

Oct. 13th-16th 2002


-The Art Institutes International: National Curriculum Panel member. April 30th, 2002

Advised on national-level curriculum restructuring; Focus on instituting a new interactive video game program; Specific areas included animation tools, techniques, and relevance to other existing courses.


-University California / Berkeley: “Advanced Computer-Aided Rendering and Animation” Nov.9th, 2001


-3D Festival “International Forum for 3D Graphics” : Copenhagen, Denmark.

Oct., 2000


-World Animation Celebration: Panel Speaker “How to prepare to get a job in animation”. May, 2000


-Imagine Con 2000 : FX Guest of Honor. Virginia Beach, Virginia. April 20th-23rd, 2000


-Director’s Guild of America (DGA) : Oct.1999

Improving Communication between VFX and Production. 

Fellow panelists included Visual Effects Supervisors John Dykstra and John Bruno


-Lawrence Livermore Labs : “Science On Saturday” lecture series.

ILM’s “The Digital Creature Feature”. Feb.1998


-World Summit for Feature Films and Visual Effects : Invited Panelist. March 1998

Presented past work, including “Bunkie & Booboo” in Los Angeles, CA.

Fellow panelists included Directors Eric Armstrong and Henry Selick


-SIGGRAPH / Los Angeles Chapter: Guest Panel Speaker on Independent Animation. Feb.1996

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