Program 2015


Virtual Production at Stargate Studios

Al Lopez (Stargate)

Al Lopez of Stargate Studios will delve into the (abridged) history of computer graphics, along with the future that almost was. He'll use Stargate's work on SWTV, The Walking Dead, and The Palace as case studies on the ever-evolving ecosystem of virtual production. 

Al Lopez

Al Lopez , VP Creative Services, Stargate Studios,

Al Lopez has worked in the VFX industry for nearly 20 years, however he began his career as an Industrial Designer. With a Bachelors of Science from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, he worked as an Industrial Designer at Textron Industries in Georgia for several years. His transition into VFX came when, by a stroke of fortune, he was hired as a 3D generalist at Encore Hollywood where he worked on such popular TV shows as Ally McBeal and feature films such as Disturbing Behavior and Disney’s Angels in the Endzone

The opportunity of a lifetime presented itself not soon after, and he became co-owner of his own studio, Creative Logik Universe in Glendale, California.  At Creative Logik, he worked with James Cameron on Ghosts of the Abyss and Aliens of the Deep, Cameron's foray into 3D stereo movies. In 2004, Stargate Studios offered him the chance to oversee the 3D department and he's been with the company ever since. In 2007, Al won an Emmy for his work on the television mini-series Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King.  Although now he manages over 80 artists in the 2D, 3D, and Matte Painting departments of all 10 Stargate facilities across the globe, he continues to help create high quality visual effects for television and film.

Founded in 1989 by Sam Nicholson, a distinguished cinematographer and special visual effects supervisor and producer, Stargate Studios was conceived as a high tech production company offering visual effects and production services to the film and television industries.

Today, Stargate is an Emmy Award winning visual effects company and has 10 domestic and international studios with over 150 artists, supervisors, and producers covering all areas of digital production and visual effects.Current projects include The Walking Dead, Grey’s Anatomy, Ray Donovan, 12 Monkeys and House of Lies to name a few. Stargate Studios provides a turnkey solution to high concept film and television production and is the only independent entity which blends all the available production technologies into one fully integrated production and editorial service. 

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, taking place in cooperation with the VES Visual Effects Society and ACM SIGGRAPH, supported by the Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart (AMCRS), Autodesk, Backstage, Epic Games/Unreal Engine, Foundry, Mackevision and ScanlineVFX. 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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