Program 2015


Studio Insights

Chris deFaria (Warner Bros. Pictures), Scott Ross, Marc Weigert (Method Studios)

The Studio Insights series of talks brings together experienced and influential leaders to provide unique perspectives on how the film and visual effects industries work and what the future holds.  Victoria Alonso, Ty Warren, Scott Ross and Marc Weigert will each share their personal thoughts and experiences, offering rare insights into the business side of the films we see on screen.  This is a great way to broaden expand your thinking and hear from some of the people who are actively shaping the industry today. 

Chris deFaria

Chris deFaria, President, Digital Production, Animation and Visual Effects for Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures

CHRIS deFARIA is President, Digital Production, Animation and Visual Effects for Warner Bros. Pictures.  His recent projects include “The Lego Movie”, Doug Liman’s “Edge of Tomorrow”, Zack Snyder’s blockbuster “Man of Steel”; Guillermo del Toro’s, “Pacific Rim”, and the record-breaking conclusion to the Harry Potter film franchise, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.”

He also served as an executive producer on Alfonso Cuaron’s, “Gravity”, Snyder’s animated adventure “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” and action fantasy “Sucker Punch,” as well as George Miller’s “Happy Feet Two.”

Spearheading the studio’s expanding efforts in innovative animation and hybrid filmmaking, deFaria was instrumental in the production of “300,” “Corpse Bride” and “Happy Feet.”  At Warner Bros., he has also been involved in such film productions as the “Dark Knight” trilogy, “Where the Wild Things Are,” “Watchmen,” “Clash of the Titans,” and “The Matrix” trilogy. Prior to that, deFaria produced the hit “Cats & Dogs” and the combination animation/live action comedy “Looney Tunes: Back in Action.”

His extensive television credits include numerous documentaries, primetime specials and longform projects, including, as producer, “In Concert Against AIDS,” NBC’s “And Then She Was Gone” and Universal’s “Tremors II.”

A graduate of UCLA, deFaria is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the WGA and a founding board member of FilmAid International, a non-profit organization that screens entertainment and educational films in refugee camps around the world.


Scott Ross

Scott Ross, Founder Digital Domain, Ex CEO/Chairman Digital Domain, Ex Sr. VP LucasFilm, Ex GM Industrial Light & Magic

Between 1988-92, Scott Ross led George Lucas’ vast entertainment empire, running ILM, Skywalker Sound, LucasFilm Commercial Productions and DroidWorks. Ross first joined LucasFilm as General Manager of Industrial Light and Magic and under his leadership, ILM won five Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects (WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT; INNERSPACE; TERMINATOR 2; THE ABYSS; DEATH BECOMES HER). The company re-organized in the 90’s and Ross was named Sr. VP of the LucasArts Entertainment Group, which was comprised of Skywalker Sound, LucasArts Commercial Productions, LucasArts Attractions, Editdroid/Soundroid and ILM.

In 1993, Ross founded Digital Domain, one of the largest digital production studios in the motion picture and advertising industries.  For well over a decade Ross oversaw the company that created imagery for movies such as TITANIC, THE FIFTH ELEMENT, APOLLO13, FIGHT CLUB, TRUE LIES, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU, X-MEN, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, I ROBOT and many, many others.  Ross has worked with the who’s who of film directors such as Cameron, Bay, Fincher, Howard, Scorsese, Coppola, The Coen Brothers, Spielberg, Kurosawa, Jackson, Salles and generally, has nice things to say about them.   In 2006 as Digital Domain’s CEO and Chairman, he successfully sold Digital Domain to director Michael Bay and a group of private equity investors.

Marc Weigert

Marc Weigert, President, Method Studios,

In July 2014, Marc was named President of Method Studios and continues to be a driving force behind the global sucess of the company.

Prior to joining Method, Marc was a producer, production-side visual effects supervisor and 2nd unit director. For 15 years, Marc was CEO of production company Uncharted Territory Inc., founded in 1999 with business partner Volker Engel (Academy Award winner for visual effects on “Independence Day”). 

Other feature credits include "White House Down", "Anonymous and " 2012."

Marc majored in film directing and producing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Germany (1991-1994). He produced various award-winning commercials and films in Germany in the early nineties.

In addition to winning the Emmy Award for outstanding visual effects on the mini-series “The Triangle”, he has also received a Satellite Award, five VES Award nominations, a Critics Choice Award nomination and a Saturn Award nomination.

Marc was a speaker at the first (2009) “Produced By” conference of the Producers Guild of America, at events of the Directors Guild of America, the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE), SIGGRAPH Los Angeles and Vancouver, the Visual Effects Society, FMX, and was part of the subcommittee on previsualization of the Art Directors Guild (et al), and the subcommittee on Virtual Production.

Marc is a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Producers Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the Visual Effects Society.

Method Studios is an award-winning, international visual effects group with facilities in Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, London, Sydney and Melbourne. As an artist-driven company known for its creativity, Method Studios services high-end feature film, commercial, television, games and motion graphics clients in the global marketplace.

Recently completed feature projects include Jupiter Ascending, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, The Maze Runner and Guardians of the Galaxy. Upcoming feature work includes San Andreas, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man.

Commercial work includes the multi-award winning spot 'Childlike Imagination' for GE and 2015 Super Bowl spots for Skittles, Lexus, Bud Light and TMobile.

If you are as passionate about great VFX as we are - we look forward to talking to you about the chance of joining our family!

FMX is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the City of Stuttgart and MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg. FMX is an event by the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by Animationsinstitut,
hosting the Animation Production Days (APD), a joint venture with the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS).

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