04/08 – Career Services presents Steve “Spaz” Williams

March 28, 2016 in Announcements, Career Services, E'vents, Ex'pert Series, Guest Speaker, Industry and Career Services by Nicholas Bizzack

Steve spaz Williams, Director and VFX Artist to Ex’pression College. He is a legendary pioneer in the world of computer graphics in feature film production. Steve’s career spans several landmark CG moments in film such as: the pseudopod in The Abyss (the first “soft surface” CG character), the liquid-metal T1000 in Terminator 2 (the first CG main character), the infamous dinosaurs of Jurassic Park (first digital animals), and, the contortion of Jim Carrey’s face in The Mask, amongst others. The Abyss, Terminator 2 and Jurassic Park each took home the Oscar for Best Visual Effects in their respective years. Steve himself was nominated for an Oscar for The Mask. Furthermore, all are projects that represent important leaps in CG, in terms of developing the techniques and pushing the boundaries of what was thought possible by the all mighty pixel. Aside from Steve’s work on these milestone movies, this is the man that, on his own time, created an animation test that convinced Steven Spielberg and George Lucas that CG was the way to go for Jurassic Park. He has also directed the animated movie “The Wild” for Disney.

VFX Credits
Spawn
Eraser
Jumanji
The Mask
Jurassic Park
Terminator 2
The Hunt for Red October
The Abyss

Director Credits
Young Santa
Rainbow: Legend of Spirit Bear
The Wild

 

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12/11 – Career Services presents David Tanaka

December 4, 2015 in Announcements, Career Services, E'vents, Ex'pert Series, Guest Speaker, Industry and Career Services by Nicholas Bizzack

David Tanaka in association with Career Services presents:
Adventures in Visual Effects, Animation, and Digital Filmmaking

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Tanaka is a visual effects, animation, live action, special venue and commercial editor, producer and
director with over 25 years of contributions to the entertainment industry. For 15 years he served at
Industrial Light & Magic in VFX Production and VFX Editorial on such motion pictures as Death
Becomes Her, Jurassic Park, Forrest Gump and Star Wars. He went on to Pixar Animation Studios as
a Special Projects Staff Editor for 10 years on Cars, Ratatouille, WALL•E, UP, Toy Story 3, Brave and
Monsters University.
Passionate about the projects he creatively and technically serves on, and with a sincere focus on
close collaboration with fellow production crew members, students and academic staff peers, and
production clientele, David brings his wealth of experience to Ex’pression College in the form of a
special 2 hour speaker series event. Through a retrospective on his work history, current endeavors
and some “hands on demonstrations,” please join David Tanaka as he discusses the state of
the entertainment industry and “what it all (should) mean” to the aspiring filmmaking student
and artist.

12/04 – Frank Simeone

November 23, 2015 in Announcements, Career Services, Digital Filmmaking, E'vents, Ex'pert Series, Guest Speaker, Industry and Career Services, Workshops and Conferences by Nicholas Bizzack

Frank Simeone – Producer/Production Manager DGA, SAG/AFTRA Theatrical Business Representative

Frank Simeone is a San Francisco based Producer/Production Manager of feature length motion pictures, documentaries and commercials. He began his career as a production assistant at Francis Coppola’s American Zoetrope and then as a production manager for Lucasfilm. Frank’s production experience in the studios of American Zoetrope and Lucasfilm has enabled him to produce or manage first features for many independent directors. Some of these first features include Terry Zwigoff’s LOUIE BLUIE, NINA TAKES A LOVER and the film festival hit, DREAM WITH THE FISHES. Frank’s more recent credits include work on Lucasfilms’ PHANTOM MENACE, Ang Lee’s THE HULK, BEE SEASON and X MEN III – THE LAST STAND. Frank has had experience working with all the major Hollywood studios and well as the premiere visual effects studios in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Frank coordinated plate and Green Screen photography for the feature films X MEN – THE LAST STAND, HBO’s HEMINGWAY AND GELLHORN, CHAW and XXX – STATE OF THE UNION.

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9/24 – Ex’pression Alumni Mixer

August 27, 2015 in Announcements, Career Services, Industry and Career Services by Nicholas Bizzack

Alumni Mixer Invite

 

This is the time to connect and share with all of us what you are doing post-graduation. Examples include; guidance in how you found work, industry updates, projects you have worked on, and connecting with fellow alumni. We would love to hear what you have been up to and encourage you to participate.

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06/12 – Expert Series presents Mixing Engineer Erik Madrid

June 10, 2015 in Announcements, E'vents, Ex'pert Series, Guest Speaker, Industry and Career Services, Interactive Audio, Sound Arts by Nicholas Bizzack

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Ex’pert Series – Pixar Info Session

October 31, 2013 in Announcements, E'vents, Ex'pert Series, Guest Speaker, Industry and Career Services by vicki

Ex'pert Series - Pixar, November 13, 2013
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Pixar Info SessionPixar Info Session Wednesday, November 13th
2 – 3 PM
Meyer Hall, Emeryville campus

Come learn about Pixar’s unique production pipeline and company culture. We will introduce you to both the technical and creative side of the movie making process!

Their presentation will also provide you with valuable information on how to prepare your resume, cover letter and demo reel in order to land an interview.

Pixar is currently hiring for Summer 2014 Internships, Residencies and full-time positions in the following areas: 

  • Technical Direction
  • Pixar Technical Undergraduate Program
  • Software Engineering/Studio Tools
  • Art/Story/Animation
  • Production

For more information about available opportunities, visit: www.pixar.com/careers

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Ex’pert Series with Chris Metzler 9/27 2PM Meyer Hall Emeryville

September 17, 2013 in Animation & Visual Effects, Digital Filmmaking, E'vents, Ex'pert Series, Guest Speaker, Industry and Career Services, Motion Graphic Design, Sound Arts by vicki

Ex'pert Series - Chris Metzler, September 27, 2013

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Chris Metzler

Chris Metzler

Producer/Director, Tilapia Film

September 27, 2013
2 – 4 PM
Meyer Hall at Emeryville campus

Join Producer/Director Chris Metzler as he recounts his varied film career, shares insights on the business and offers strategies on how to make a living in today’s creative arts market.

After graduating from USC with a degree in business and cinema, Metzler’s film career has taken him from the depths of agency work, to coordinating post-production for awful American movies seen late at night in Belgium. His film directing and producing work has resulted in him crisscrossing the country with the aid of caffeinated beverages. He made his way in the Nashville country and Christian music video industries, before finally forsaking his soul to commercial LA rock n’ roll. These misadventures ultimately culminated in him winning a Billboard Magazine Music Video Award.

He eventually fled to San Francisco to join the independent documentary film scene. Metzler’s directorial debut, Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea, an offbeat environmental documentary, became a cult favorite and received a theatrical release in the United States as well as a national broadcast on the Sundance Channel. He has gone on to pursue other sub-cultural documentary subjects, including: rogue economists, lucha libre wrestlers, swamp rat hunters, ganjapreneurs, and evangelical Christian surfers. Metzler recently finished traveling the theatrical circuit promoting Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, screened at SXSW, and aired nationally on PBS.

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