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

Tanaka Slide

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.

Please RSVP to the Workshop below

Frank Simeone TV Slide

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




Expert Series presents animator Jeremy Bolan – 5/29

May 14, 2015 in Animation & Visual Effects, Announcements, Ex'pert Series, Game Art & Design, Guest Speaker by Nicholas Bizzack




03-27-15 – Don Veca at San Jose Campus

March 23, 2015 in Announcements, Ex'pert Series, Guest Speaker, Student Alliance by Nicholas Bizzack


by vicki

Ex’pert Series with Don Bies 8/27 5PM San Jose Campus

August 13, 2013 in E'vents, Ex'pert Series, Guest Speaker by vicki

Ex'pert Series - Don Bies, August 27, 2013


RSVP at Expression.edu/expert
Don Bies
Don Bies
White Room Artifacts, LLC

August 27, 2013
5 – 7 PM
Theater at San Jose campus
1751 Fox Drive, San Jose, CA 95131

Join instructor Peter Overstreet and Special Effects veteran Don Bies in an interview/discussion outlining the history of special effects, its current state and potential future. The discussion will be framed with an overview of Bies’ 28 year career history, starting with his work on the Academy Award winning The Fly to modern classics such as The Pirates of the Caribbean films and the Star Wars prequels. Behind the scenes stories, photos and video highlight some of his work, and the two will discuss the role and focus modern artists need to have to work in this changing profession.

Don began his career with Lucasfilm operating the remote control R2-D2 for personal appearances and commercials while acting as the Lucasfilm Archives curator. As curator, he organized a number of exhibitions, and eventually began working at Industrial Light & Magic. As a supervising model maker, Don has numerous credits in well-known films and television commercials.

To attend, RSVP at expression.edu/expert.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

by vicki

Ex'pert Series with Joe Chiccarelli 8/8 & 8/9

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

Ex'pert Series - Joe Chiccarelli, August 8 & 9, 2013


RSVP at Expression.edu/expert

Joe Chiccarelli
Joe Chiccarelli
Grammy-winning Producer,
Mixer, and Audio Engineer

Ex’pert Series Events with Grammy award-winning Producer Joe Chiccarelli.

Part 1: Production Workshop
August 8, 2013
| 12:30 – 4 PM
SSL 9000 Studio

Joe Chiccarelli has worked with artists such as The Strokes, The White Stripes, Elton John, Jason Mraz, Beck and Tori Amos. In this Production Workshop, Joe will demonstrate the production process in our SSL 9000 studio. Learn from a 30+ year veteran and multiple Grammy-winning and nominated audio engineer/producer and watch him in action!

RSVP to attend.
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The first 30 to RSVP will be able to view the workshop in the SSL 9000 Studio. Additional seats will be available in Meyer Hall.

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Part 2: Ex’pert Series
August 9, 2013
| Meyer Hall
1 – 3 PM – Discussion
3 – 5 PM – Student Critiques*

Joe Chiccarelli is a multiple Grammy award-winning producer/engineer/mixer whose credits include such artists as Beck, U2, The Killers, Jason Mraz, Young The Giant, Elton John, The Shins, and Morrissey. Other projects through his twenty-year career have included music supervision of films such as Suicide Kings and Men with Guns, the TV series Cracker and Robert Altman's Gun. Joe is the audio designer for the state-of-the-art Royaltone Recording Studios in Burbank, CA, and has served as an A&R consultant for several major and independent labels.

To attend, RSVP at expression.edu/expert.
Don't miss out on this opportunity!

*To be considered for the student critiques, you must have an uncompressed WAV file no longer than 2 minutes in length and deliver this to John Scanlon (johns@expression.edu) via a CD or a link to a downloadable file. Links to files that are not downloadable in an uncompressed format will not be accepted. Only the first 15 submissions will be considered.