I expect this seminar at RMIT University (Melbourne) may be of interest to some here. The speaker is Terrence Masson, a long-time practitioner in special effects and animation in the film and games industries. He is also the founder of the Creative Industries program at Northeastern University (Boston)
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Convergence & Collaboration in the Creative Industries
Prof. Terrence Masson
Northeastern University, Boston
ACM Distinguished Speaker
Date: Monday 24th June 2013
Time: 5.30pm – 6.30pm (refreshments from 5pm)
Venue: RMIT room 80.01.02 (Downstairs beyond ground floor café) (445 Swanston St, Melbourne)
Professionals and academics from every discipline are increasing their collaboration between film and game production around the world. This presentation will illustrate 20 years of personal examples in successful collaborations as well as exciting new trends. Based upon Masson's 20 years' of unique interdisciplinary experience working in films and games, and leading the new team-based game program at Northeastern University, this presentation will highlight how a collaborative approach affects the creative process and provides unique insights behind the scenes. Revolution. Excellence. Agility.
Professor Masson's visit is sponsored in part by the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) under its Distinguished Speakers Program.
As Executive Professor of Animation and Founding Director of Creative Industries at Northeastern University in Boston, Terrence led the vision, creation and leadership of all undergraduate Game Design and Interactive Media curriculum in the College of Arts, Media and Design.
Prior to academia his almost 25 years of eclectic production experience as a technical director and producer includes broadcast, video games, special venue, feature animation and visual effects. He came up through the ranks on more then 20 films including Hook, True Lies, Interview with a Vampire and three Star Wars movies; along with numerous interactive projects such as SimCity 4, Bruce Lee, Batman Dark Tomorrow and Alter Echo. He single-handedly developed the original CG animation for SouthPark in 1996 and his short film Bunkie & Booboo won first place in the World Animation Celebration in 1998.
An ACM Distinguished Lecturer and active participant with SIGGRAPH since 1988, Terrence served as 2006 Computer Animation Festival Chair, SIGGRAPH 2010 Conference Chair and is currently the ACM SIGGRAPH Outstanding Service Awards Chair. Terrence is a member of the Producers Guild of America, the Visual Effects Society and author of the industry standard text CG101: A Computer Graphics Industry Reference (NewRiders/Pearson).
Professor Masson is in Melbourne as a keynote speaker at the Melbourne International Animation Festival.