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Ziva Dynamics

Real-Time Humans with Ziva Dynamics including Live Q&A and Exchange

Ziva Dynamics is leveraging the highest-quality human simulations to power the next wave of real-time characters. After successfully delivering one of the world's most performant and accurate game assets in 2021, Ziva is ready to share the many development decisions and obstacles they encountered while bringing their offline digital human bodies and faces into real-time environments. Maintaining artistic control, quality integrity, and undoubtable realism took months of development and strategic data aquistion. In this presentation, audiences will get a glimpse at Ziva's behind-the-scenes RT body and face results, the motivations behind the iterations, and what is next on Ziva's virtual human horizon.

Join Ashton Louie, Ziva's Director of Marketing, for the presentation and Academy Award-winner James Jacobs, Founder and CEO, for the Live Q&A and Exchange at Ziva Dynamics Deep Dive, right after the presentation! 


James Jacobs, CEO & Co-Founder, Ziva Dynamics

Ziva Co-founder & CEO, James Jacobs, is an Academy Award winning VFX artist with over 25 years of expertise as a Technical Director and Software Engineer. James has held leadership positions at the world’s top VFX and animation studios, including Weta Digital, Digital Domain, Dreamworks, Mr. X and Method Studios. He has received critical acclaim for his professional contributions to blockbusters such as Avatar, Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Prometheus, and King Kong.


In 2015, Jacobs co-founded Ziva Dynamics, a technology company dedicated to solving the most challenging and high-value character obstacles within the media & entertainment space. The world’s largest film and animation studios quickly took notice of Ziva’s state-of-the-art software solutions and Ziva's technology was  considered the gold standard for creature work across Hollywood. 

Ashton Louie, Director of Markteting, Ziva Dynamics

Ashton Louie joined the Ziva team in early 2016 as the first marketing lead. Ashton has successfully grown Ziva’s commercial operations from the ground up and repeatedly introduced Ziva on the international stage at major conferences including TED, SIGGRAPH, CES, FMX, and Sundance Film Festival, and spearheaded Ziva’s win of the Monolith Technology Award at the 2019 Infinity Festival. This award recognized Ziva software as ``Hollywood's most outstanding innovations in technology" by 25 entertainment and software industry leaders including Universal Pictures, Microsoft, Adobe, and Digital Domain.