Speakers Announced for JPR’s Annual Luncheon at Siggraph

Open Source Software development is a transformative approach to development that gives end users the ability to define exactly what they need. Open Source licensing structures enable collaborators across industries and organizations to contribute code and improve the end-product.

It’s free to share as long as everyone plays by the rules: changes and improvements are for everyone.

Companies working in the content creation industries have found they’re better off sharing the tools they all need to get their jobs done and fostering interoperability. It makes sense in film and video because creative team form around projects. It makes sense for them to be able to share what they’ve learned from one project to another. Open Source development provides a framework.

The Panel

Open software tools have proliferated in the film and video industry. We want to know how, or if all the disparate tools work together and what’s on the agenda for the future. Our panelists will address these issues as well as tell the audience what they see as the major issues for open software development.

jpr HankDriskill 150Hank DriskillCTO, Blue Sky Studios

Hank Driskill joined Blue Sky Studios as Chief Technology Officer in January 2018, and has been evolving the studio’s pipeline process through the introduction of new systems, software as well as leveraging open source technologies. Hank also led the charge for Blue Sky to become a founding member of the Academy Software Foundation. Prior to Blue Sky Studios, he spent 20 years at Walt Disney Animation Studios as part of the studio’s leadership, serving as Technical Supervisor on films such as Bolt, Big Hero 6 and Moana. Hank holds bachelor degrees in Computer Science and Astronomy from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Utah. He embarked on his professional career at Digital Domain, where he helped bring films such as Apollo 13, Dante’s Peak, Fifth Element and Titanic to life.

jpr DanielleCosta 150Danielle CostaVP Visual Effects, Marvel

Danielle Costa is the VP of Visual Effects at Marvel Studios and has been with Marvel Studios since 2009 working on 20 of their films. She has over 18 years of experience in visual effects, production, and post-production. Besides spending long hours on set and in visual effects reviews, Danielle has spearheaded the creation of multiple studio-side pipelines for streamlining visual effects, stereo, post-production and the digital intermediate process at Marvel. She is also involved in new technologies, including virtual reality.

jpr JonWadelton 150Jon WadeltonCTO, The Foundry

Jon Wadelton joined Foundry in 2007 and has been instrumental in driving the engineering and product development of NUKE. Since becoming CTO, Jon’s remit has expanded to include all IP at Foundry, including both existing products and long-term R&D. Jon has over 20 years of experience in software leadership roles within the media production and telecom industries and holds a bachelor’s degree from La Trobe University. Jon was recently appointed to the BAFTA VR advisory group.

jpr guym iot150Guy MartinDirector of Open Source Strategy, Autodesk

Guy Martin is Director of Open Source Strategy at Autodesk, responsible for overseeing the company’s open-source strategy, execution, and collaborative projects, as well as representing the company in open source communities and organizations. He has over two decades of experience in the software industry as an engineer and community manager, where he has consistently focused on helping companies understand, contribute to, and better leverage open-source software. He has held senior open source roles with Samsung Research, Red Hat and the US DoD.

The Luncheon will be taking place at the JW Marriott LA Live hotel in room Plaza 1, Plaza 1 is located on the 3rd level. The 3rd level can be reached via the escalators or elevators in the main lobby. Digital Signage in the lobby will provide directions.

The doors open at 11:30AM on 31st July at 11:45 with our panel starting at 12:15.

Please visit our EVENT PAGE for more details and to register.