Below are the nominations for the local board for 2015.
Please read though the election candidates for new board members.
The Visual Effects Society is an honorary, volunteer organization that relies on the participation of its membership. Please vote and have your voice heard and make a difference.
For your information, Mark Bénard, Warren Franklin, Neil Lim Sang and Landon Bootsma will continue to serve a second year on the board. Chris Van Dyck will be stepping down. There are six seats to elect.
Ria Bénard: In 1996, I began my career in Film Production and eventually shifted to Post Production. My past experience also included working and instructing at a boutique animation school for 3 1/2 years. I currently work as Industry Liaison, VFX Co-ordinator and Senior Educational Administrator for Lost Boys Studios – School of Visual Effects.
I have been an active supporter of our local Board and two years ago became an official board member. Last year I also became the secretary for the local chapter. During the last few years I have worked to coordinate presenters/sponsors and organize VES Career Fairs and other local events we have held over the past few years. I have also contributed to correspondence with local members and with VES in LA filling in when the chair was unavailable.
My position in education allows a uniquely neutral position from which I has been able to build strong relationships with the local VFX Studios. “I am proud to be part of VES Vancouver and look forward to nurturing and growing our local community of artists and future members.” – Ria Bénard
Fred Chapman: I’ve worked in visual effects and animation for nearly 15 years as an animator, generalist, rigger and rigging & creature fx supervisor. I’m passionate about promoting communication and forging collaborations to grow talent and push boundaries. I first moved from London to work in Vancouver in 2006 and returned again in 2010 after 3 years in Australia. Vancouver has been home ever since and hopefully will be for many years to come. It’s been amazing watching the industry here grow and mature over the years and now I want to play a more active role in encouraging the most vibrant, sustainable VFX community we can be. I see the VES Vancouver chapter as a linchpin organisation in achieving that goal.
Jason Dowdeswell: Dowdeswell recently oversaw day to day operations at Sony Pictures Imageworks’ Vancouver-based studio.
Dowdeswell most recently served as Head of Production for Digital Domain after successful turns as Head of Studio at Image Engine Designs and as Head of Digital Studio at CIS-Vancouver Deluxe (formerly Rainmaker Entertainment, where he worked in various supervisory capacities from 2000-2008). Dowdeswell also was a Lead Digital Artist at Industrial Light & Magic, working on films in the Star Wars, Men in Black, Jurassic Park and Terminator franchises. This appointment is also a return to the Sony Pictures Imageworks fold: Dowdeswell spent 1995-2000 as a Lead Digital Artist where he was involved with lighting and compositing on films such as Starship Troopers, Stuart Little and Godzilla. After returning to Vancouver in 2002, Dowdeswell has been devoted to fostering and building a healthy and growing visual effects & animation industry for the city.
Marshall Krasser: Good day fellow Vancouver VES members. Prior to my relocation to Vancouver from San Francisco, I had been an active member in the VES and served 6 years on the Main Board of Directors in LA, and was a founding member of the San Francisco Bay Area Board of Directors.
I have been in the VFX field for over 20 years and have worked at ILM [18 years], ScanlineVFX-Vancouver [1.75 years], Prime Focus World-Vancouver, and now at the new Psyop Film and Television in Vancouver.
Would hope to bring a new perspective to the global organization that is the VES Society. As Visual Effects continues to expand and grow worldwide, it’s critical to have a global view of the industry to keep it honest. No one knows where it will be in 10 years, but we need to look to the future to make sure that all artists are treated with the respect that they deserve. Thank you for your consideration,
Mat Krentz: “I’m a local Vancouverite who started working as a compositor at Rainmaker VFX over 10 years ago. After working as a comp supe and lead for a number of shows, I wanted to learn from other facilities and decided to travel with work. For over 5 years I traveled around the globe working at studios of all sizes, learning different pipelines and procedures. I have recently returned to Vancouver, supervising and managing the team at LOOK FX. I have a lot to offer the VES in Vancouver and can bring a much needed artists perspective to these times.”
Wendy Lanning: “I’ve been a member of the VES since 2008 (2172), and as a previous owner of a visual effects studio in Toronto I’ve always taken an active role in supporting and promoting the visual effects community wherever I may be. I’ve spent the past 3 years freelancing in Vancouver, but have now permanently relocated and I’m already calling Vancouver home. For the past year I’ve been on the Board of Directors for ACM Siggraph’s Vancouver chapter, my responsibilities include organizing and running the monthly presentations spotlighting speakers from various aspects of VFX, Gaming, and other areas of interest for our members. I think being a part of the VES Board can only increase its exposure to the CG Community in Vancouver. Having someone from both Boards could definitely keep each Organization aware of upcoming speakers and events and there may be opportunities to co-sponsor events rather than each organization paying to do the same or a similar event only a few weeks apart. My strengths definitely include driving membership awareness and promoting social aspects of the organization, this is something I would very much be interested in doing with the VES.”
Marta Mintenko: “I have volunteered with VES for at least 6 years, in various capacities including screenings, secretary, and social committees. I have been involved in organizing the CAVE event since the beginning, and enjoy volunteering as needed for any other events, screenings, socials, pub nights, AGMs. I bring over 10 years of Vancouver VFX production experience to the table; from On-Set Coordinator, Line-Producer, Producer, and now Studio Resource Manager. I have been a VES member for 6 years, and each year aim to bring in new members and new faces. Some of my interests include networking with industries that support VFX such as: immigration law, recruitment, and HR.”
Sue Rowe: Sue Rowe joined our Vancouver team as one of London’s most experienced VFX supervisors with over 15 years in the industry, uniquely talented in traditional animation, 3D animation and compositing. Her latest project is the eagerly anticipated “The Maze Runner”. Sue is the show VFX supervisor bringing in over 500 shots for Fox. The Maze Runner is a great combination of character and environment work, playing to Sue’s strengths.
Sue’s wealth of knowledge as an on set supervisor has proved invaluable during many productions such as The Golden Compass, John Carter, X-Men 3 and Troy. Sue’s experience spans previz through shooting, Motion-Control, HDRI and Texture photography to supervising a huge team of artists in-house.
She is an asset as an overall supervisor and will join your creative team with ease alongside Production Supervisors and Directors.
One of Sue’s most noteworthy projects is The Golden Compass which was awarded the VFX Academy Award in 2008 along with a BAFTA that same year.
Sue’s most recent recognition was in 2012 where she was short listed for the Annies and made the long list for the Oscars for the visually acclaimed John Carter. Prior to that in 2009 Sue was nominated for an Emmy for the TV film In to the Storm and in 2008 was recognized for her outstanding achievements and was awarded the Panalux Craft Award at the annual Women in Film and Television Awards.