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The Visual Effects of The Avengers

Date: 

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 12:00pm

Speaker: 

Jason Smith

Associate Visual Effects Supervisor

Industrial Light & Magic

Host: 

Brent Adams

Colloquium in 1170 TMCB at 11:00 am on 10/4/12

The Avengers is the ultimate comic-book film, bringing together characters such as Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye and a new Hulk.  Jason Smith will discuss the creation of the Hulk character, including incorporating Mark Ruffalo into the design and performance of the Hulk as well as the steps taken in asset development as far as data acquisition, model, texture, rigging and rendering Hulk for shots. He will discuss the creation of the Shield Helicarrier and fleet assets.  In addition, he’ll cover building a new Iron Man and a digital New York City for the Avengers to protect.

Biography: 

As a visual effects supervisor at ILM, Smith is responsible for overseeing digital effects for feature films, with an emphasis on digital creatures. Some of his notable projects include Rango, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Transformers and most recently the super hero blockbuster The Avengers. He is also a member of ILM’s technology advisory group.

Smith is a graduate of Brigham Young University's Computer Science Program, with a minor in Visual Arts.  While earning his degree, he studied traditional prosthetic makeup effects, and produced makeup effects for university productions.  Prior to working at ILM, he was a software engineer at Saffire, Inc. Smith joined ILM in 2001 as a technical assistant.




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