2012 VES Summit2019-12-05T10:58:07-08:00

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EVOLUTION: Portals/Social/Cloud/Mobile

Opportunities and complexities abound. Technology offers us tremendous access to the world and its global village. The 2012 VES Summit will shine a spotlight on the intersection between creative content and the business bottom line with a focus on how social media impacts decision making on all levels.

The Summit has become a must attend event for the leading creatives and decision makers in our industry. Back by popular demand are the Breakfast Round Tables — we encourage your interaction and participation. Come join us!

October 13, 2012 – Ritz Carlton Hotel, Marina del Rey, CA

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Continental Breakfast Roundtables

As the Breakfast Round Tables were such a big hit last year, these discussions will again jump start the morning at this year’s Summit. This aspect of the Summit will be for those attendees who want to discuss and share information on a particular subject with their fellow attendees over breakfast. Each table will have a moderator who is an expert in their topic. You will have a chance to sit in on two tables as everyone can switch tables mid way. The objective is for everyone to join in on the discussion, glean new information and suggest possible solutions. A time for attendees to do the talking.

Animation Trending
Moderated by: Jim Morris – General Manager and Executive Vice President of Production, Pixar Animation Studios

The Challenges of 3D Stereo Capture
Moderated by: Buzz Hays – Former Senior Vice President of 3D Production, Sony Corporation

Coordinating VFX with the Final Post
Moderated by: Stephanie Allen – Senior Vice President, Visual Effects, Paramount Pictures and Stephanie Ito – Executive Vice President, Post Production, Paramount Pictures

2D to 3D Conversion
Moderated by: Chris Del Conte – Managing Director, Prime Focus, Los Angeles

Working with Tax Incentives
Moderated by: Mary Ann Hughes – Vice President, Film Production Planning, The Walt Disney Company and Ruth Hauer – VFX Production Executive, The Walt Disney Company

4K – Are You Ready?
Moderated by: David Stump, ASC – Cinematographer

Kickstarter: Raising Funds Online for Your Project
Moderated by: Corey Rosen – Head of Creative Marketing, Tippett Studios

Open Source Development/Trends
Moderated by: Rob Bredow – Chief Technology Officer, Sony Pictures Imageworks and Visual Effects Supervisor

Staff Retention and Company Culture
Moderated by: Gaston Bitar – Senior Vice President, People & Organization, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Setting Up Shop Internationally
Moderated by: Erika W. Burton – Co- President, Film Division- Rhythm & Hues Studios

Virtual Studio
Moderated By: David Morin – Consultant, Autodesk / Chair, Joint Technology Committee on Virtual Production

The Remote Artist: The Challenges of Virtual Production
Moderated By: Robin Alan Linn – Artist Manager / Recruiting & Academic Relations

Fair Use of images
Moderated By: Stan Szymanski – Owner/Resource Strategist, StanleyVision, Inc.

By Intelligent Design: Maximizing the Dynamic Range of the Production Designer and Visual Effects Supervisor from Pitch to Post.
Moderated By: Thomas A. Walsh – Production Designer & President, Art Directors Guild (Local 800)

Cloud Computing
Moderated By: Vincent Brisebois – Fusion-io Director of Visual Computing

Keynote Speaker

George Whitesides – CEO, Virgin Galactic

Keynote Speaker

Sean Carroll – Senior Research Associate in Physics, California Institute of Technology

Featured Speaker

Albert Cheng – EVP of Digital Media, and Chief Product Officer, Disney-ABC Television Group

Panel Discussion

Tax Incentives Around the Globe: The Whys and Wherefores of Domestic and International Incentives


  • Ruth Hauer – VFX Production Executive, The Walt Disney Company
  • Mary Ann Hughes – Vice President, Film and Television Production Planning, The Walt Disney Company


A Conversation with:

Ed Ulbrich – CEO, Digital Domain and Mothership

Panel Discussion

Is Television the Future of Feature Film VFX?




A Freewheeling Conversation with:

Scott Ross – Former CEO, Digital Domain

Cocktails and Social Hour

Coctails by the pool.