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3.11.2021 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm PST | Event

The VES Bay Area Presents: The Power of Story

Join Greenray Media Executive Producer and Founder and VES Board of Directors Chair, Lisa Cooke along with Tippett Studios’ VP of Creative Marketing & Development, VES Bay Area Treasurer and newly published author Corey Rosen and VFX Artist, Commercial, Feature and Episodic Director Marcus Stokes  for an in-depth examination of storytelling hosted by VES Bay Area Chair David W. Valentin.
In this discussion of the Power of Story we will be looking at how intrinsic the craft of storytelling is to how we work, communicate, see each other and see ourselves. There is no aspect of our lives that is not entrenched in every aspect of storytelling. Everybody loves a good story. But Why?  And what goes into making an audience care?  And what happens to them when they do? The VES Bay Area is proud to present this hour long examination of one the most important cornerstones of your industry.
Register today to be part of this fascinating discussion which will be followed immediately afterward by audience Q&A with our panelists.
6:00 pm, Thursday
March 11, 2021
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY VIA ZOOM https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZB0giyLISPCCfoMqI0G2aQ


Lisa Cooke has spent several decades in the entertainment industry as an animation/FX industry producer, story consultant, screenwriter and actor. Firmly believing that effective science communication is vital to our world, she founded Green Ray Media, and for the last ten-plus years, has been producing animation and VFX to create scientific, medical and environmental media for a broad audience.
Lisa has worked for entertainment clients including Lucasfilm, Fox, Nickelodeon Films, ABC, CBS, Paramount and Universal and in the VFX and animation industry for companies including Pixar, Glasgow-based Digital Animations Group and Tippett Studio. As Senior Producer at Reardon Studios, she helped bring MOVA Contour Reality Capture to the film industry.
Lisa has also taught story structure at the SF Academy of Art, JFK University and Ex’pression College, and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. She served six years on the VES Bay Area Board of Managers Executive Committee and as Chair, before joining the VES Board of Directors, where she serves as Chair of the Archive Committee. In 2019 she held the position of 2nd Vice Chair and served as 1st Vice Chair in 2020. She is honored to Chair the Visual Effects Society in 2021.

Corey Rosen is a writer, actor, visual effects producer, and storytelling teacher based in San Francisco, California. He hosts The Moth StorySlams and GrandSlams, and won their first ever Bay Area StorySlam (2012). He has been featured on The Moth Radio Hour. He is a regular contributor and on-air personality for Alice Radio’s The Sarah and Vinnie Show. Corey is a company performer at BATS Improv, one of the world’s foremost centers for Improvisational Theater. Corey got his start writing for Comedy Central and Jim Henson Productions. As staff writer for Lucasfilm Animation and Tippett Studio, he wrote the screenplays for films and theme park rides and attractions exhibiting around the world. When not writing, Corey works as a visual effects artist and creative director. He has credits on dozens of movies, including several Star Wars films, and Disney’s A Christmas Carol. He has taught in the MFA Animation program at Academy of Art University and for The Writing Pad. He has written and directed television commercials and award-winning short films. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Jenny and two story-inspiring children.

Marcus Stokes began his artistic career in the field of Architectural Design, in which he holds a Master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Drawn to the world of cinema, he soon transitioned into the digital realm as a computer graphics artist at George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic (ILM). While at ILM, Marcus created groundbreaking visual effects for blockbuster films including Star Wars Episode I, Minority Report, and The Mummy. He then moved to Los Angeles and supervised visual effects for The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions, I Robot, and Serenity.
Marcus officially began his directorial career when he joined the Director’s Guild of America as a commercial director and created ads for clients including GMC, Nissan, and Walt Disney Pictures. Soon after, Marcus realized his true passion in narrative filmmaking and began creating his own content. His very first film as writer/director, The Catalyst, was acquired by HBO and aired on their networks for two years. Marcus continued to develop his unique blend of storytelling and visual skills by working closely with veteran directors Tim Story and F. Gary Gray. This combination of talents is most evident in his VFX short film, The Signal, executive produced by Tim Story and starring Michael Ealy and Grace Phipps.
Today, Marcus is focused on continuing his narrative filmmaking career. He successfully completed the directing programs at ABC, CBS, Fox, Sony, Warner Brothers, Ryan Murphy Television, and the DGA. He was also recently chosen as one of the Los Angeles Times’ Diverse 100 for his cinematic and visual effects achievements. In September of 2017, he directed the CBS hit show Criminal Minds and quickly followed with episodes of Life in Pieces and Blindspot.

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, brand messaging and marketing objectives. 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.

6:00 pm, Thursday
March 11, 2021