The Employ Florida Banner Center for Creative Industries in the Division of Continuing Education at the University of North Florida presents movie special effects expert Dean Lyon, who will be teaching a one-day seminar on “Visual Effects (VFX) and Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) for the Independent Film Maker from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the University Center on campus.
Independent film makers interested in the theory and practical application of VFX and CGI in the film industry should attend this four-hour seminar, which provides a comprehensive look at the creative and technological history of visual effects and computer graphics imaging utilized by the screen industry. Participants will learn how to manage, plan and budget VFX/CGI for your project as well as understand how VFX influences the film-making process.
Lyon has more than 30 years of experience in collaborating with cutting-edge directors, studios, production companies, post-production facilities and technology developers throughout the world. He has worked on more than 100 international television commercials and 50 feature films, including “Armageddon,” “Independence Day,” “Air Force One” and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, where he received credit as a visual effects supervisor. His career has included roles as producer, director, visual effects supervisor, CEO and entrepreneur, working in diverse areas such as motion pictures, music videos, commercials, interactive television, theme park attractions, VFX/CGI and stereoscopic 3D.
In 2000, Lyon journeyed to New Zealand and led the start-up of Oktobor, a world-class creative and talent-centric visual effects and animation company servicing advertising agencies, film production companies and studios throughout the globe. He returned to the United States in 2007 to work with da Vinci Systems, where he was instrumental in developing a stereoscopic 3D-grading system, utilizing supercomputing processing that made the color finishing of “Avatar” and dozens of other 3D-feature films possible.
More recently, he has launched an innovative Florida-based start-up venture, Splinter Studios, which utilizes a next-generation approach to develop technology to drive out traditional costs in the business. Ongoing research in emerging technology is used to streamline workflow, production, stereoscopic 3D-content, services and products in an efficient and collaborative manner. Lyon was elected to the Visual Effects Society in Hollywood in 2004 for recognition of his work on the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and VFX supervisor roles on “Without a Paddle,” “Spooked” and “Bogeyman.”
The registration fee for the seminar is $99. To register, go to http://www.creativeflorida.org. For more information, contact the UNF Employ Florida Banner Center for Creative Industries at (904) 620-4808.