Wizards of VFX

Professionals from ILM

Hey Peoples!

I have some really exciting news! On January 24th Cogswell will be hosting two professionals from Industrial Light and Magic! These guys are the wizards of Visual Effects and will be talking about their experiences in the industry as well as screening their award-winning short film, The 3rd Letter. The location and details are below, don’t miss this amazing opportunity to hear their stories and ask them questions!

Date: Tuesday, January 24
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 PM

Place: Dragon’s Den at Cogswell College, 1175 Bordeaux Dr, Sunnyvale

Also, here is some info about our esteemed guests:

Grzegorz Jonkajtys was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1972 and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poland in 1995. Grzeg has been working in the advertising, animation and feature film industry for over 12 years. While working in Poland (Platige Image) and in the US (Digital Kitchen, Cafefx, Syndicate, Industrial Light & Magic), he contributed as a vfx artist and animation lead on films including Sin City, Hellboy, Blade III, Pan’s Labyrinth, Mist, Terminator Salvation and the just released Red Tails. He is best known for writing and directing his second film The Ark for which he was nominated for a Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007 and won Best of Show in the SIGGRAPH Electronic Theater that same year. In 2010 Grzegorz completed work on The 3rd Letter, a live action dystopian drama starring Rodrigo Lopresti. The film is currently being exhibited in film festivals worldwide. Grzegorz lives and works in San Francisco.

Bastiaan Koch is a film producer, director, writer, the founder of Marauder Film, and a five year digital visual-effects artist with LucasFilm’s famed production house; Industrial Light & Magic. Of Dutch decent, Bastiaan moved around the globe at an early age, living in Atlanta, Berlin, Luxembourg, Amsterdam and Bombay. With schooling at Rugby and degrees in both business and industrial design in London, Bastiaan soon began working with Danny Boyle on his Sci-Fi film; Sunshine, and later working professionally as a film director and feature film visual-effects artist with major studios across London (Moving Picture Company, CineSite-Kodak, Double Negative) and in Los Angeles (Digital Domain) for over five years. The last five years found Bastiaan working within the art department on Michael Bay’s, Transformers 2 & 3, Gore Verbinski’s, Rango, Peter Berg’s, Battleship and Gillermo Del Toro’s, Pacific Rim, among others at George Lucas’ studio. Bastiaan wrote and produced the award winning Sci-Fi film The 3rd Letter, which has received top honors at festivals globally. He is now co-writing/directing the feature film action-movie, In God We Trust and a British feature period-piece/Sci-Fi; Blue Blood. Bastiaan continues to develop Marauder’s feature film projects while managing its growing commercial department.

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