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2018 #NABShow: Creative Master Series: The VFX Wizardry Behind Stranger Things 2


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We all have heard and most of us have seen Stranger Things 2, when stats inform us that it’s first episode averaged over 15 million viewers in the first three days of its release! Now, at #NABShow attendees can take a peek at the visual artistry of the behind the scenes work to this 18 Emmy nominated program.

The VFX Wizardry Behind Stranger Things 2: There’s no denying the huge success of global phenomenon Stranger Things with its millions of viewers and 18 Emmy nominations. When Stranger Things 2 was released, the first episode averaged more than 15 million US viewers within the first three days. Join us as we venture into the portal to the Upside Down and look at some of the visual effects that help make Stranger Things 2 a smash hit. Learn how the VFX wizards behind Stranger Things 2 used tools such as Adobe After Effects for core compositing and design in the making of the hit Netflix series. See and hear how key members of the Stranger Things 2 VFX team worked together to create movie magic on hundreds of difficult shots under tight deadlines. Sunday, April 8 2:00PM-3:15PM Location:  S222-S223

Featured panelist (with bios) will include:

Paul Graff

Paul Graff: Paul Graff is the Senior Visual Effects Supervisor and mastermind behind all of the visual effects for Stranger Things: Seasons 2 and 3. He has won multiple Emmys and VES Awards over the past 20+ years.

Paul has been very active in the industry first as a compositor, then as a Visual Effects Supervisor and co-founder of the company Crazy Horse Effects, Inc. Paul and Adobe After Effects have been constant companions since AE 3.1 which was released in 1996. Together with Robert Stromberg, Steve Messing and Dylan Cole, Paul spearheaded the integration of 2.5d & 3d matte paintings using Photoshop, After Effects and Cinema 4d.

Christina Graff

Christina Graff: Christina Graff was the Visual Effects Producer for Stranger Things: Season 2. She is the co-founder of the companies Crazy Horse Effects (CHE) in Los Angeles & the former Crazy Horse East in New York. She is an Emmy award winning Visual Effects Producer and Supervisor and has contributed to many awards and nominations the artists at CHE received for features and series. Her career started as a film and television editor in Berlin, Germany. Christina is currently beginning development on a mini series.

Michael Maher Jr.

Michael Maher Jr.: Michael Maher Jr. is a visual effects designer and senior concept illustrator currently working on Stranger Things. His responsibilities include concept art for creatures and environments, storyboards, and visual development direction. He’s worked with Adobe products including Photoshop and Illustrator for 15 years.

Fred Raimondi Sr.

Fred Raimondi Sr.: Before making the move to director, Fred Raimondi was recognized as one of the preeminent digital artists in the world. As a Visual Effects Supervisor he partnered on projects with, David Lynch, Michael Bay, David Fincher, Mark Pellington, Gus Van Sant, Lance Acord, and Alex Proyas. At a time when visual effects were reserved for film optical houses, his early work set the standard for electronic visual effects compositing with “The Twilight Zone”, “Max Headroom”, and was the lead compositor on the first season of “Star Trek, The Next Generation” along with Academy Award winner Rob Legato. Raimondi’s work has garnered Gold and Silver Cannes Lions, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Clios, an MTV Video Music Award (as well as 4 nominations), a Grammy, and nine of his spots received AICP awards and are included in the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in NY in “The Art and Science of the American Television Commercial”. His client list includes Adidas, Budweiser, Nike, Levis, Cingular, Sony, Visa, BBDO, Chiat/Day, Goodby Silverstein, DDB Needham, and McCann Ericson.

Matt Carson

Matt Carson: Matt Carson an Assistant Film Editor for the past 12 years, grew up admiring his father, a music editor, knowing he wanted to become an editor too. Some of Matt’s credits include film director Shawn Levy’s The Internship, Real Steel, Night at the Museum 3, Tim Miller’s Deadpool, and Matt and Ross Duffer’s Stranger Things 2. Through his experience on such films, Matt has learned cutting-edge technology in both production and post production and is not only passionate and creative, but willing to tackle any project that comes his way. He is a graduate from the University of Arizona with a BA in Film Studies.

Mike Kanfer

Moderated by Mike Kanfer, Principle Strategic Development Manager, Adobe. Mike Kanfer began his career in visual effects in the early 80’s in New York as a graphic artist and motion control camera operator at CHARLEX. In 1993, he joined the founders of Digital Domain in LA to work on film VFX for features. In 1995, Mike was nominated for an Academy Award for VFX on Apollo 13, and shared the Academy Award for VFX on TITANIC in 1998. Other credits include Interview With The Vampire, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and Superman Returns. Realizing that digital technology was not only revolutionizing VFX, but the entire film production process, Mike used his color and imaging expertise to implement some of the first Digital Intermediates done by EFILM Hollywood. In 2005 Mike joined Adobe, and is currently a Principal Strategic Development Manager focused on Hollywood, promoting the use of Adobe technology in film workflows. Mike continues to work closely with directors, editorial teams, post-production and VFX facilities, helping to integrate Adobe products into their workflows. Recent projects include Gone Girl, Hail, Caesar!, Deadpool, Mindhunter and Only The Brave, all edited with Adobe Premiere Pro. In addition to being a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures (AMPAS), Mike is also a member of the Visual Effects Society (VES), and he is an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).

*Produced in partnership with Adobe

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