Eliot Rosenstein is a Senior Groomer/Character Effects Artist at Method Studios, Los Angeles, where he works on the artistic and technical aspects of hair systems for groom and hair/fur simulation in features and commercials. Before his current responsibilities at Method, Elliot worked as Senior Groomer/CFX artist at Digital Domain, Weta Digital, Imagemovers Digital, and Sony Imageworks. His credits include Beowulf (2007), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), The Adventures of Tintin (2011), and Maleficent (2014). Elliot is a world-traveller, with interests in art, programming, robotics, and storytelling.
Eliot has a B.F.A. in Illustration from Syracuse University.
Jon Meier is a CG Supervisor at Tau Films, specializing in look development for creatures and environments. He leads the work of a global team of artists for feature films and themed entertainment. Jon has supervised lighting and environments on award-winning feature films, including Life of Pi (2012) and Happy Feet (2006) at Rhythm & Hues Studios.
Before joining Tau, Jon completed work at Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) on Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) and at MPC for the feature film Jungle Book (2016), winner of the Oscar for Best Visual Effects in 2017.
Mark Allen is a Virtual Production Technician at Magnopus. He works directly with filmmakers on set to make their creative ideas for shots in film and in television programs a reality, through the use of cutting-edge, real-time game engine applications. He is committed to learning more from his professional work, as well as passing that information on to others. He was part of the Virtual Production team for the 2019 remake of The Lion King.
Mark received his M.F.A. in Film and Television Production from the School of Film and Television, at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) and his B.F.A. in Digital Media from Otis College of Art and Design.
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 3ds 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.