Steve ‘Spaz’ Williams to Speak About Computer Animation at Sheridan, Feb 14

spazSteve ‘Spaz’ Williams will visit Sheridan on Feb 14 to discuss the evolution of Computer Animation, and will share his views on the value of Canadian talent and their role as true leaders in the field. He will take the group on a behind the scenes tour of films that have had significant impact on the industry, and share his ideas as to how computer animated films are created.

He will also address the future of this sector, and share his vision of where animation is headed in this century and how it needs to change. With his charisma and humour, Steve is a presenter you will not want to miss, and you will surely remember for years to come.

In 1973, Academy Award nominated Steve “Spaz” Williams’ view of the world changed forever when he was introduced to vice grips, which turned him into a boy obsessed with ripping toys apart; trying to figure out how they worked. Since that time, he has delighted in pulling things apart, examining how they work and developing new and innovative ideas for them. In 1984, he graduated from Sheridan’s Animation program and took his diploma, curious nature and interest in applying computing technology to animation to Alias Research (creators of Maya) who were just beginning their ground-breaking work in character animation software.

Spaz’s ability to create characters while also understanding computer processes soon landed him in the “The Pit” at Industrial Light & Magic’s nascent computer animation division. At ILM he was Chief Animator on The Abyss and Terminator 2, and Visual Effects Supervisor, Second Unit Director and Executive Producer on Spawn. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his contribution to The Mask, starring Jim Carrey. But it was Jurassic Park that launched the digital era and Spaz’s legacy. When told CG dinosaurs weren’t possible, Spaz and Mark Dippe proved everyone wrong with a wireframe animation test that caught the eyes of Universal executives and changed the course of filmmaking forever!

Since the late 90’s, Steve has directed more than 300 TV commercials, taking his background in animation and visual effects and applying it to live action spots. His work has won the prestigious Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase at Cannes 2002, as well as several Clios for Electronic Arts and Blockbuster’s Carl & Ray campaign. Other clients include AT & T, Starkist, Bell, Toyota and McDonalds, and in 2006, he made his directorial debut in Disney’s The Wild.

Join us Friday, February 14, 2014, 1 – 2:30 p.m., in the SCAET Auditorium (S235) at Trafalgar campus for this special event.

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