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6.17.2021 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm PDT | Event

GODS OF MARS – Virtual Production for the Independent Film-Maker

Take all of the challenges with mounting an indie production of an epic sci-fi film, throw in all of last year and combine it with pioneering Virtual Production and you have an incredible story of ingenuity, innovation and the true spirit of independent film making for the 21st century.

The Visual Effects Society Bay Area is proud to invite its members to attend an online panel discussion with the creators of Gods of Mars, an independent production by Roninfilms, an Epic Games MegaGrant recipient and one of the first indie projects to employ Virtual Production last year. Gods of Mars is still in production so the information is very much of the moment!

  • WHEN: June 17, 2021 at 6pm
  • WHERE: Online via Zoom
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Peter Hyoguchi/Director/Producer
Hyoguchi started his career at fifteen years-old when he won a George Lucas youth film festival for his short sci-fi called, The Future’s Future. At eighteen, he directed his first feature film, an adaptation of the play No Exit, and has been making films ever since. In 2000, Peter wrote and directed First, Last and Deposit which won Best Feature at both New York and San Francisco Independent Film Festivals. The picture was distributed on many platforms, including Netflix and IFC.

Joan Bevan Webb – Producer/Virtual Production Producer
Producer, and Virtual Production Producer at Roninfilm. Joan brings extensive experience in business development, VC backing, representation and marketing. Her former clients include such notable figures as James Cameron, Oliver Stone, Doug Trumbull, Tim Burton, Coen Brothers, companies such as: IMAX, Pixar, Sony, DreamWorks, MGM, Disney and feature films: Shrek I, II & III; Toy Story; Lion King; and The Amazing Spider-Man.

David Stump ASC – CV
David Stump ASC has been working in motion pictures and television production as Director of Photography, VFX Director of Photography, VFX Supervisor, and as Stereographer, (live action and 2D to 3D conversion work), earning an Emmy Award, an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement, an IMAGO Technical Achievement Award and an International Cinematographers Guild Award.  His credits include projects like Little Fires Everywhere, The Morning Show, Skyfire, The Happytime Murders, American Gods, The Unwilling, Immortals, Quantum of Solace, Flight Plan, Fantastic Four, X-Men 1 & 2, Into the Blue, Garfield, Batman Forever, Hollow Man, Men of Honor, Deep Blue Sea, Stuart Little, The Sphere, Contact, Batman & Robin, Mars Attacks, Executive Decision, Stargate, and Free Willy, among many others.

He is currently chairman of the both the Camera Committee and the Metadata Committee of the ASC Motion Imaging Technology Council and has lectured and taught classes in Cinematography and Visual Effects at the American Film Institute, UCLA, Art Center College of Design, Woodbury University, Arizona State University, Global Cinematography Institute, IATSE Local 600, TV Globo Rio De Janeiro Brasil, Savannah College of Art and Design, The Beijing Film Academy and most recently the ARRI Academy in Beijing.

Dan Lauer/CGI Supervisor
Dan Lauer began his career as a software development engineer when the desire to be more creative led him to the world of 3D visual effects and animation. His portfolio includes animated music videos, photo-realistic product marketing, museum documentary films and feature films. His film work includes doing all of the visual effects for the award winning short film “Shero”, animation on the short “Devils, Angels and Dating”. Dan’s the CGI Supervisor on the SyFy channel film “Lavalantula”, Roninfilm’s “The New Kind”, “Gods of Mars” and “The Tarot


David W. Valentin – Executive Producer, Chair of the VES Bay Area Section
David W. Valentin an award-winning producer who has helped to create some of the most iconic and enduring images in motion picture history. He holds credits on some of the highest grossing films of all times. David spent many years at George Lucas’s premiere visual effects facility Industrial Light and Magic where he worked on such films as Lost World: Jurassic Park, Men In Black, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and The Green Mile. He went on to produce the visual effects for acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s wuxia classic Hero.

As the Executive Producer & Founder of Mr. Smith Studios, David W. Valentin works with corporate, small business and 501c3 clients to develop and create the video content which embodies their values and brand with big emotional payoff. As a visual effects expert who has produced work at the forefront of digital innovation for over 20 years, David knows how to leverage leading-edge technology for his clients to help tell their stories with cinematic aesthetics within cost-conscious budgets.

​A Bay Area native, David received his degree from the California College of the Arts. He is currently Chair for the Visual Effects Society Bay Area Section and works with youth from under-served communities to find their first jobs. He also mentors students who have recently graduated from Bay Area Film and VFX program to break into the industry.