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Foundry Webinar: Katana and Pixar’s RenderMan | Rendering Onward and Beyond!

About this webinar

Pixar’s latest feature film, Onward, combines the mythic with the mundane, as two brothers try to find magic in the suburbs. 

During this presentation, Tim Best will show how magic was created for the big screen, literally, as he describes the challenges of lighting a fantasy world full of elves, centaurs, and spellcasting with the Foundry’s Katana. 

Sarah Hutchinson will dive into Pixar’s core rendering technology, RenderMan, talking about the state-of-the-art features used in Onward … and then look ahead, showing how new advancements in rendering technology are already impacting VFX pipelines for the better. It’s a great opportunity to see the latest technology coming from Pixar.

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    Sarah Hutchinson Software Engineer @ Pixar Animation Studios

    Sarah Hutchinson first joined the RenderMan team at Pixar Animation Studios in 2015. She is a developer for the RenderMan for Katana plugin, which has been used on every Pixar feature film since Finding Dory. Sarah works in Pixar's Seattle office, and her favorite Pixar characters are Rex and Remy.

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    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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    Oliver Meisberger Vice President Renderman @ Pixar Animation Studios

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    Tim Best Technical Director @ Pixar Animation Studios

    Tim Best is a senior lighting artist and department-supervising technical director at Pixar Animation Studios. Best joined Pixar in September 2000 as part of the Monster's Inc. lighting team. He occasionally runs marathons and posts pictures of his cats on various social media platforms.

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    Joyce Parukanil Marketing Manager @ Foundry

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    Wayne Wooten Software Development Manager - RenderMan Products Group @ Pixar Animation Studios.

    Wayne is the Software Development Manager for the RenderMan Products Group at Pixar Animation Studios. He’s worked at Pixar since 1997. From lighting technical director on "A Bug's Life", to architect of the Render Farm control software for "Toy Story 2" & "Monster's Inc".

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    Dylan Sisson Marketing Manager @ Pixar Animation Studios

    Dylan Sisson is a digital artist with over 25 years of experience in VFX and animation. Dylan joined Pixar in 1999 where he has been engaged in the evangelization of RenderMan. In addition to his role at Pixar, Dylan is an active artist exploring the emerging mediums of VR sculpting and 3D printi...

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