DNEG’s Hannah Cook to share insight on workplace inclusivity at SPARK FX 2019

SPARK FX’s Diversity and Inclusion Summit 2019

Hannah CookInclusivity thought leaders from across VFX, animation, gaming and tech will gather at SPARK FX 2019 to tackle one of the biggest challenges common to all their industries: How do we grow a culture of Inclusion & Diversity and achieve a better balance of men and women in the workplace?

The experts will participate in a panel discussion as part of SPARK FX’s Diversity and Inclusion Summit, which takes place this weekend (9th and 10th) in Vancouver.

Hannah Cook, DNEG’s General Manager for Vancouver, will join the panellists as they use their expertise to educate, inspire and encourage members of the audience to feel empowered and equipped to make a real change.

With more than 13 years’ experience in the VFX industry, Hannah moved to Vancouver four years ago to set up DNEG’s first studio in Canada. Today, under her leadership, our highly successful Vancouver facility has more than 500 people and has won multiple Academy, BAFTA and VES awards.

Zoe Cranley, DNEG’s Head of Build & SPARK FX 2019 Conference Chair, will kick off the D&I summit which is co-presented by the VES and SPARK FX with an opening speech.

The Panellists

Hannah will be joined on the panel by Alicia Close, Women in Tech World; Christi Rae, Director of Production; Jenny Rogers, Founder of Success Empowerment Strategies; Jessie, Founder KITH+common Community Consulting; Lydia Bottegoni, Snr VP of Story & Franchise Development // Blizzard Entertainment; Nancy Basi, Executive Director, Media & Entertainment Centre // Vancouver Economic Commission; Ollie Rankin, CEO, Creative Director at Pansensory Interactive; Shauna Bryan, Snr Business Development, Executive Producer, VFX // Luma Pictures; Sheena Duggal, VFX Supervisor, and Zoe Alexander, Founder of Women Who Code.

VFX veteran Michelle Eisenreich shares insight on ‘First Man’ VFX at SPARK FX 2019

Elsewhere at the conference, DNEG’s award-winning veteran VFX Producer Michelle Eisenreich, will share insights from her most recent project, Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-nominated space biopic ‘First Man’.

Michelle and Frederik Lillelund, CG Supervisor, will explain how DNEG’s VFX team helped the director achieve stunning in-flight shots using one of the biggest LED screens ever built on a movie set, while also taking advantage of the latest in miniature work, footage restoration and digital effects.

Take a look at this First Man VFX Breakdown to see how the screens and miniatures were used together.

Check out Michelle and Frederik’s talk on Saturday 9 February at the Emily Carr University, Reliance Theatre, 520 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver.

For a full list of DNEG speakers and the careers fair, take a look at our SPARK FX 2019 overview.

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If you are not going to Spark FX 2019, but you would like to find out more about joining our talented teams, head over to our careers page and sign up for job alerts to receive details of opportunities that match your skills.




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