Conference Connecting Ideas Open Source
ON SITE Bertha-Benz-Saal Wednesday, April 24, 11:15

ASWF Projects: How and why you can help build the technology foundations of the VFX and animation industry

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The Academy Software Foundation hosts some of the most important open source projects which form the basis of the tools and pipelines used on almost every production and in almost every visual effects and animation facility in the world. In this talk, we will present some of these open source projects and highlight their importance, discuss common tools and processes which help turn these open source projects into robust, high quality software that productions can rely on, and emphasize why you should consider getting involved and the different ways in which you can contribute.


Jean-Francois Panisset, Independent Consultant, ASWF Technical Advisory Council Member, Academy Software Foundation

Jean-François Panisset is a member of the Technology Advisory Council (TAC) of the Academy Software Foundation, where he represents the Visual Effects Society Technology Committee, which has has been a member of since 2013. The VES Technology Committee was involved in the process leading to the creation of the Academy Software Foundation and has been responsible for the closely related VFX Reference Platform project. Jean-François also leads the ASWF Continuous Integration Working Group which helps to provide the tooling and infrastructure common to ASWF sofware projects.

Jean-François was previously Chief Technology Officer at Psyop, an animation and visual effects studio in the commercials market, and has worked in various engineering roles at Moving Picture Company, A52 / Rock Paper Scissors, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Autodesk / Discreet Logic where he was a developer for the Flame compositing system.

Since 2019 he has been an independent engineering consultant working with multiple companies in Media & Entertainment on technology projects involving IT infrastructure, security, storage, networking, pipelines and workflows... 

Jean-François co-manages the Studio SysAdmins Slack community which provides a forum for studio technology staff to share information.

His main interests lie in the intersection of application software, operating systems and hardware.