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Upcoming SIGGRAPH Webinars

 

Procedural Approach to Animation-Driven Effects for “Avengers: Endgame”

Wednesday, 13 May | 6 pm EST/ 5 pm CST/ 3 pm PST

On Wednesday, 13 May, join us for a complimentary webinar covering the SIGGRAPH 2019 Talk, “Procedural Approach to Animation-Driven Effects for ‘Avengers: Endgame’” followed by live Q&A with the presenters.

Weta Digital’s Gerardo Aguilera (FX supervisor) and Tobias Mack (software engineer) will take a deep dive into the workflow for delivering real-time FX elements to animation in an omni-directional way and discuss their procedural approach to solving some of the challenges around “AnimFX.”

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Webinar attendance is first-come, first-served, and will be capped at 500 participants.

Presenters

With over 14 years’ experience in visual effects, Gerardo Aguilera plays a crucial role in creating effects for many of Weta Digital’s high-profile films. His recent projects include FX supervision for highly anticipated “Black Widow” and “Godzilla vs. Kong.” Gerardo supervised effects on Oscar-nominated “Avengers: Endgame” (2019), leading the team in using Houdini, Maya, and Weta’s proprietary software. He received a VES Award for Outstanding Effects Simulations for his contribution to “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018). Specializing in volumetrics (explosions, fire, dust, and smoke), Gerardo made a critical contribution to the development of setups and rigs in Weta’s in-house volumetric solver. Other highlights include leading the FX team on Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book” (2016) and creating fire simulations for Smaug in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” (2014).

Joining Weta Digital in 2015, Software Developer Tobias Mack played a critical role in the development of Weta’s real-time evaluation engine Koru. First used in creating the visual effects for Oscar-nominated “War for the Planet of the Apes” (2017), Koru enabled the motion departments to work with real-time animation rigs. It has subsequently been used in many of Weta Digital’s high-profile films. On highly-acclaimed “Avengers: Endgame” (2019), Tobias led the development of Weta’s AnimFX system. A continuation of Koru, this workflow enabled Weta’s animators to interact with FX elements in an entirely new way. Previously, Tobias was a VFX software developer at Trixter, Munich, where he worked on movies including “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015), “Captain America: Winter Soldier” (2014), and “Iron Man 3” (2013). He is currently working on the Avatar sequels.

Gerardo Aguilera FX Supervisor, Weta Digital
Tobias Mack Software Engineer, Weta Digital