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Senior-level colleagues share techniques and learning tools to propel or simply refresh your skills. Meet the Masters stream is meant to inspire professional development no matter what level you are in your career. Also featured is “Our Future Masters” up-and-coming talent in the VFX industry.

Included in this stream:

  • Delivering Film Quality Visual Effects on Episodic Timelines
  • Compositing Series (5 Parts)
  • Visual Storytelling in Concept Design
  • Growing Great Leaders in VFX
  • Our Future Masters

Most often we associate leadership with someone’s rank in a hierarchy. But it may be that rank has little to do with being a leader. In this presentation by Aaron Gilman, he will discuss the leadership philosophy adopted by the animation team at DNEG Vancouver. The presentation will seek to answer critical questions such as, “What does leadership mean?”, “What are the qualities of a great leader?”, and “How do you create an environment where people can grow into strong leaders?” In a field as collaborative as Visual Effects, relationships form the backbone of the work a team produces. Leveraging his personal experiences in the industry, Aaron will look at a variety of techniques developed over the years that give artists opportunities to collaborate with each other and develop essential qualities to become great leaders.


Aaron Gilman

Head of Animation, Animation Director // DNEG

(Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Pacific Rim: Uprising, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)

With over twenty years of animation experience, Aaron Gilman is Head of Animation as well as an Animation Director at DNEG in Vancouver. Most recently, he completed work on Ghostbusters: Afterlife as the show’s Senior Animation Supervisor. Prior to this, Aaron led his team on Walt Disney Pictures’ Alaskan epic: Togo. He also served as Director of Animation on one of the biggest projects in DNEG’s history - Pacific Rim Uprising.

Aaron’s considerable career achievements include several nominations for his work on Hollywood blockbusters, culminating in an Annie Award nomination for his leadership of the animation of Azog, the fearsome King of the Orcs in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. He also received two award nominations for his expert supervisory work on Iron Man 3.

Before joining DNEG, Aaron was a long-time senior animator and supervisor at Weta Digital. Aaron studied animation at the Vancouver Film School.