Join Gnomon School of Visual Effects, the VES and the Maya User Group for this exceptionally full evening with special guests from Digital Domain and Rhythm & Hues Studios showing how they created the stunning effects and imagery in THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR using Maya and other tools.
The event will be at Gnomon from 6-9 p.m. on October 2.
Speakers from Digital Domain include Hanzhi Tang (Lighting Supervisor), Marten Larsson (Lead Effects Artist), Chad Finnerty (Procedural Character Animation Lead) and Aruna Inversin (compositor. Gee Yeung, Sequence Supervisor from Rhythm & Hues Studio, will also speak.
Tang's lighting supervision on MUMMY was integral in making the Emperor and other CG characters appear seamless in their real-world environments. Tang has five years experience in lighting at Digital Domain, having worked on films as varied as I, ROBOT, PETER PAN, FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS, LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END, TRANSFORMERS and THE GOLDEN COMPASS. In addition to MUMMY, Tang also worked with Rob Cohen on the 2005 action film STEALTH.
Larsson helped develop the innovative "cracking technique" used to shatter the terracotta warriors in THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR. Marten joined Digital Domain in 2004, and his first film credit was on another Rob Cohen film -- the 2005 action/adventure STEALTH. Since then he has also worked as an effects artist on FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS, LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END.
Finnerty was responsible for creating the elaborate A.I. "brain" that governed a crowd of 6,500 warriors during MUMMY's climactic end battle sequence. Since joining Digital Domain several years ago, Chad also served a similar function on films such as FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS, LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA, and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END.
Inversin was a compositor on the challenging "end battle" sequence of MUMMY, working to integrate thousands of CG characters and effects into real environments shot on location in China. Aruna has 13 years of experience as compositor on both television and feature film projects, and he first joined Digital Domain in 2006 on Clint Eastwood's FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS.
Yeung is a look development, lighting and sequence supervisor with 12 years of experience in the visual effects industry. Starting out as a generalist at Blue Sky, he evolved to specialize in CGI lighting and look development at Rhythm and Hues Studios. Yeung's credits include such films as ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS, SUPERMAN RETURNS, EVAN ALMIGHTY, HARRY POTTER and TITANIC.
As Rhythm & Hues Sequence Supervisor, Yeung focused on the lighting and compositing production for 150-plus shots on MUMMY 3, from detailed information on the R&D process to individual scene development and final shot delivery.