Program 2018


ILM Digital Humans: Past, Present and Future

Ian Comley (ILM)

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Ian Comley

Ian Comley, CG Tech Supervisor, Industrial Light & Magic,

Ian Comley is a CG Technology Supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), steering next-generation studio tools and technology, particularly in the areas of Look Development, Lighting, Shading, FX, Hair, Facial Capture and cross-disciplinary Foundational Pipeline.  

Ian served as CG Supervisor for Snoke on ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, Daniel Espinosa’s ‘Life’, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and, prior to ILM, CG Supervisor for ‘Paddington’ at Framestore, where he was also Look Development Lead for Alfonso Cuarón’s multi-award winning ‘Gravity’, for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’. 

His combined interest in character-centric look development, and contribution to studio technology, stems from a mixed art and science background, including BEng Computer Engineering from Southampton University, then MSc Computer Animation at the National Centre for Computer Animation.

Ian has contributed to the UK Science, Technology Engineering and Maths programme encouraging students to pursue careers involving these disciplines, has been speaker at SIGGRAPH, SCA and Ciclope, run Master Classes at the National Centre for Computer Animation and been a Juror for the CG Student Awards.


Founded in 1975 by George Lucas, ILM is the leading effects facility in the world, serving the motion picture, commercial production, and attraction industries. ILM has created visual effects for over 315 feature films and has played a key role in seven of the top 10 worldwide box-office hits of all time and has contributed to 25 of the top 50.

ILM has set the standard for visual effects, creating some of the most stunning images in the history of film. At the forefront of the digital revolution, the company continues to break new ground in visual effects, VR, AR, and Immersive Cinema.

The company has been awarded 15 Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects and received 29 Academy Awards for Scientific and Technical Achievement.


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 ACM Siggraph. 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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