Anoop AK is an Animation/VFX Technologist, with over a decade of experience in the industry. He currently serves as the Pipeline Supervisor at Tau Films where he is responsible for architecting Tau's globally distributed pipeline, and manages a team of Pipeline TDs and Developers across different studio locations in Asia and North America. Before joining Tau Films, he was associated with Dreamworks Dedicated Unit and Rhythm & Hues Studios, where he contributed to their production pipeline development.
Anoop received the Autodesk Shotgun "Pipeline Shotty Award," at the the 6th Annual Shotgun Pipeline Awards, SIGGRAPH 2019. The Shotty Award is given to developers of top pipeline tools in development, engineering, integration, or day-to-day use. He is also an avid technology enthusiast, with a profound interest in XR and real-time technologies.
Dariush Derakhshani is a VFX and CG Supervisor in Los Angeles and an award-winning CG Generalist-Lighter. Dariush was the Visual Effects Supervisor for the 2019 film 1982, which won the Netpac Award for World or International Asian Film Premiere, at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
Dariush is a pipeline, lighting, and production consultant and has been an animator and supervisor on commercials and feature films for companies such as Digital Domain, Pixomondo, Zoic Studios, Radium|ReelFX, Café FX, Rhythm & Hues Studios, Sight Effects, and South Park. He is the author of several 3D Max and Maya books, including the best-selling series Introducing Maya—with over 13 editions since 2002 and translated into more than a dozen languages.
Dariush received his M.F.A. from the Division of Animation and Digital Arts, School of Cinematic Arts (SCA), University of Southern California (USC). His B.A. is from Lehigh University in Architecture and Theatre. He is an active member of the Visual Effects Society and has won a London Advertising Award for commercial effects, is a multiple recipient of the Telly and Addy Awards, has won the Bronze Plaque from the Columbus Film Festival, and is a VES Awards nominee.
Keith Goldfarb is the Chief Software Architect/Co-Founder of Blackthorn Media and an Academy Award winning artist. He was a co-founder of Rhythm & Hues Studios where, for 26 years, he was the chief architect for its proprietary software. His pioneering visual effects were honored with dozens of awards including Oscars, Baftas and Cleos.
Keith has a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and an M.A. in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley).
She has been working in animation for over two decades, with experience that ranges from Internet-based to feature-length animation and visual effects films. She also served as a Senior Digital Trainer for animators, compositors, hair, layout, character set-up and character pipeline crews at Sony Pictures Imageworks. Adriana trained artists for feature films such as Monster House, Ghost Rider, Superman Returns, Surf's Up, Open Season, Spiderman 3, I Am Legend, Beowulf, Watchmen, G-Force, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Alice in Wonderland and Cats and Dogs 2.
Adriana received her M.F.A. from the Division of Animation and Digital Arts, School of Cinematic Arts (SCA), University of Southern California (USC), and her B.F.A. in Graphic Design from University of the Pacific.
Walt Jones is the Creative Director and Visual Effects Supervisor at Tau Films. He has over 20 years of experience in production and design and has contributed to over twenty feature films in the past decade alone, as well as numerous music videos, television and commercial projects. He was nominated for Visual Effects Society (VES) awards for Life of Pi (2013) and Movie Park Germany’s The Lost Temple (2015). Walt was part of the teams at Rhythm & Hues Studios that won Academy Awards for their work on The Golden Compass in 2008 and Life of Pi in 2013.
Walt has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Puget Sound.
Ken Roupenian is the Vice President of Production and Executive Producer at Tau Films. Ken has over 30 years of experience in the entertainment and visual effects industry, having helped build production and global management teams for Academy Award-winning VFX facilities and studios such as Digital Domain, Rhythm & Hues, and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Ken was with Rhythm & Hues Studios for 21 years, advancing through a number of producing and managerial positions before spending his final ten years heading up Digital Production. In this capacity, he led the growth of their team from approximately 400 members to over 1,500 worldwide, where he was instrumental in overall talent management, recruiting and training. After Rhythm & Hues, Ken moved to Digital Domain where he was Vice President of Digital Studio, responsible for the management of the company’s creative teams globally.
Ken received his BFA in Film/Cinema/Photographic Studies from NYU (New York University).
Pauline Ts’o is an author, illustrator, and photographer. Her first book, Whispers of the Wolf, received multiple awards and recognition, including the 2016 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award, and a starred Booklist Review.
A computer programmer by training, Pauline started her artistic training by rummaging through her mother's art book collection as a child. Her technical training got her a job as a software designer at Robert Abel and Associates , a pioneer in the computer animation industry. From there, Pauline and a few co-workers decided to form Rhythm & Hues Studios in 1987, a computer animation and visual effects company, which won multiple Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects (Life of Pi, Babe, and The Golden Compass). Pauline wore many hats at R&H for 26 years, including programmer, digital artist, and art director. She worked on projects such as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Disney's theme park attraction It's Tough to be a Bug, and the first Coco-Cola Polar Bear commercial, Northern Lights.
Pauline has a B.A. in Computer Science/Math from Cornell University and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley).
Bill Westenhofer is the Visual Effects Supervisor for Gemini Man (2019). He also served as the Visual Effects Supervisor for Wonder Woman (2017), which received the Empire and Dragon Awards for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy film and the Critics Choice Award for Best Action Movie.
Bill served as the Visual Effects Supervisor at Rhythm & Hues Studios for over 18 years. During his time at R&H, he supervised a team of 400 digital artists on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. A few years later, he won both BAFTA and Academy Awards in the Best Visual Effects categories for The Golden Compass (2007) and Life of Pi (2012). His work on Life of Pi was also recognized by the London Critics Circle Film Awards (Technical Achievement of the Year) and the Visual Effects Society (Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture).
Bill earned his B.S. in Engineering (BSEG)/Computer Engineering from Bucknell University, and his M.S. in Computer Science at George Washington University, where he studied the use of dynamics in physically-based animation. He was a keynote speaker at the 2015 Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders.
Mike Yang is the Founder and Studio Director of Artlord Studio. Leading an international team of artists, Artlord Studio has been creating high quality live-action visual effects and animation for film and television, themed entertainment, and special venues since 2014. Fluent in English and Chinese, Mike's twenty-plus years’ background experience in the entertainment industry includes positions as a post-production producer, project manager, and visual effects and motion control operator-supervisor. He later joined Rhythm & Hues Studios as Employee #1 for their Taiwan studio, where he was responsible for set-up, as well as leading and managing Taiwan’s on-site post production team for the academy award-winning film, Life of Pi.