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Sessions focused on the people of visual effects, their experience and how they continue to promote and support a happy, healthy and thriving industry.

Coaching is a well-established tool used in many progressive and innovative sectors, but until now has been underutilized within VFX. In this presentation 3 VFX industry veterans with professional coaching experience demonstrate how coaching can unlock untapped potential in all levels of our industry, from senior management to artists.

In addition to discussing how coaching can improve performance, communication, well-being, and engagement, this session includes 3 focused examples of common coaching subjects, each packed full of solutions that you can immediately use in your day-to-day work and life.


Debra Coleman

Founder // Open Frame Coaching

(F9: The Fast Saga, Tenet, Inception, Batman Begins)

Debra is a VFX veteran, an accredited Business & Personal Coach and the founder of Open Frame Coaching, pro

viding coaching solutions within the VFX, Animation and Games industries.

Debra has enjoyed a 25-year career in the Visual Effects Industry, progressing from Runner at Cinesite to Global Head of Compositing at DNEG, compositing on 25+ films and closely overseeing delivery of 100+ projects by hundreds of artists. Along the way, she has been involved with winning 3 Oscars and 3 BAFTAs, worked overseas, been a British Arrows judge, is a proud parent and a vocal advocate for women in tech.

With Open Frame Coaching, Debra is delighted to pool her strengths and experience to support and develop VFX, Animation and Games professionals – which, in turn, also creates a positive ripple effect throughout each company and the creative-tech industries.

Website // IMDb // Instagram // LinkedIn

Fred Chapman

Leadership Coach & Facilitator // Growth Potential Coaching

(Dune, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Chappie, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

Fred Chapman trained as a Co-active Coach, and works with current and aspiring leaders and entrepreneurs in creative and technology fields. Through active listening, empathy, playful curiosity, and experience he supports and challenges his clients to aim high, in their career success and in their enjoyment of life.

Fred is also Head of Creature at DNEG Vancouver, leading a team of talented technical artists in the creation of animation rigs (photo-real creatures, characters, digi-doubles, vehicles, etc), creature effects rigs and simulation (cloth, hair, muscle, skin, etc), and crowd simulation. He has over 20 years of experience in visual effects and animation, as an artist, supervisor, pipeline architect, and manager.

Fred has been coached for most of the past 10 years and credits much of his professional and personal growth, success, and happiness directly to the results of the coaching process, fuelling his passion for supporting others on their path.

Website // IMDb // LinkedIn

Lorie Corcuera

Head of HR // DNEG

Lorie Corcuera is the Head of HR, North America West for DNEG, one of the world's leading visual effects, animation, and stereo conversion companies for feature film and television. Lorie is a strategic business partner and culture leader with over 20 years of experience in culture and belonging strategy and implementation, executive coaching, leadership alignment, organizational design and effectiveness, learning and development, diversity and inclusion, and elevating workplace experiences that inspire purpose, connection, and impact.

Lorie graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) specializing in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources from the University of British Columbia. She is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and has been coaching leaders and teams since 2012.

Website // LinkedIn