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Foundry Live: Education Summit

About this event

From the classroom to the studio, Foundry’s software advances the art and technology of a visual experience, helps to create breathtaking images and brings the unreal and real worlds together by making the impossible possible. The knowledge of Foundry’s Education Collective enables the next generation of VFX artists to land their dream job, providing them with the know-how to succeed beyond the classroom.

Join the Education Summit to hear from VFX professors and industry professionals as they discuss the importance of teaching artistic concepts to how to best prepare students to land their first gig.

Special guests include: 

Mark Wallman - Senior Lecturer of VFX at The University of Hertfordshire

Kevin Fenemore - Executive Dean of Faculty and Principal Lecturer at Escola Britânica de Artes Criativas & CEO of Institution-X.

Giuseppe Improta - VFX Look Development and Lighting Supervisor at Bardel and Instructor at Think Tank Training Centre

Ryan Penny - Program Director at Brooklyn Workforce Innovations

Danielle O’Hare - Director of Talent Development at Industrial Light & Magic - Jedi Academy

Foundry Live is sponsored by our partners Dell & NVIDIA.

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  • Guest speaker
    Giuseppe Improta

    Giuseppe Improta, a CG and Lighting Supervisor for high-profile movies and animated feature films, is also a teacher, photographer and cinematographer. With a distinctive approach to 3D lighting, Giuseppe enjoys sharing his approach to help students improve their craft.

  • Guest speaker
    Mark Wallman Senior Lecturer of VFX @ University of Hertforshire

    Mark Wallman started in the VFX world of Pop videos, then moved to commercials, TV and film. Now, Mark runs the VFX degree strand at The University of Hertfordshire and works to create a class structure that is closely tied to the commercial world. Mark has also worked on films such as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone to Black Hawk Down.

  • Guest speaker
    Kevin Fenemore Executive Dean of Faculty - Principal Lecturer

    Kevin is an academic and entrepreneur, with a focus on building and creating education that is fit for purpose and accessible for all. Alongside EBAC, Kevin directs an academic consulting company; ProGamut, and a new virtual educational platform; Institution-X.

  • Guest speaker
    Ryan Penny Program Director @ Brooklyn Workforce Innovations

    Ryan Penny is Director of the Made in NY Post Production Training Program, a job readiness program for low-income and unemployed NYC residents looking to enter the Post Production and VFX industries. He is grateful to be cultivating the next generation of diverse talent for NYC’s creative workforce.

  • Guest speaker
    Danielle O'Hare Director of Talent Development @ Industrial Light & Magic

    Danielle O’Hare drives talent strategy and planning for employees across ILM's global studios. O’Hare focuses her work on all aspects of the Talent Pipeline from University Internships to Artistic and Technical Training to Professional Development programming for senior staff.


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