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Foundry Webinar: Lights, Camera, Katana 4.0

About this webinar

Join Director of Product - Pre-Production, Look Development & Lighting, Jordan Thistlewood, Katana Associate Product Manager, Gary Jones, and special guest, Abel Vargas, as they introduce Katana 4.0.

Featuring game-changing enhancements and features for lighting teams and artists everywhere, Katana 4.0 reinvents the wheel with a cutting-edge lighting UI, scalable interactive rendering capabilities, updated USD workflows, and fundamental improvements to look development workflows.

Don’t miss this opportunity to take a deep dive into the latest release and ask your need-to-know questions directly to the Katana team.

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  • Guest speaker
    Abel Vargas Lighting Artist

    Abel Vargas is a Senior Lighter & Compositor with 10 years of experience in the industry. His credits range from compositing on Marvel’s Black Panther and lighting on Spider-Verse. He also produces content for his VFXPRO.com.br project in hopes to spread his industry knowledge into more languages.

  • Team member
    Gary Jones Katana Associate Product Manager @ Foundry

    A programmer who cross trained into VFX 12 years ago. After writing the initial documentation for Katana 1.0, Gary moved into production. Initially a Maya generalist but then at MPC as a lighter. After Lion King he returned to Foundry in 2018. He is now the Katana Associate Product Manager.

  • Team member
    Jordan Thistlewood Director of Product @ Foundry

    Trained in lighting and set design with a career that transitioned to a lighting focus in animation and vfx. After 15+ years in production Jordan joined Foundry. Currently the Director of Product for Look Development, Lighting and Pre-production tools at Foundry.


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