Webinar:
SMART COLLABORATION – Embracing New Technical Tools in Animation
Dienstag, 3. Mai, 16:00 – 17:00 Uhr (CEST), Online via Zoom

SPEAKER: Kim Adams & Julia Parfitt (Nexus Studios London / Los Angeles) und Phil Stewart (Head of Realtime, Blue Zoo, London)
MODERATORIN: Prof. Lilian Klages

In dieser zweiten Ausgabe der KKI-Talks im Rahmen des ITFS und der APDs wollen wir einen Blick darauf werden, wie neue Tools und Technologien sich auf die internationale und sektorübergreifende Zusammenarbeit auswirken und wie sich das Geschichtenerzählen mit Hilfe solcher Technologien in Zukunft verändert. Unsere Speaker Kim Adams, Julia Parfitt (Nexus Studios London, Los Angeles) und Phil Stewart (Head of Realtime, Blue Zoo, London) haben mit Tools wie Unity, Unreal und Blender experimentiert und demonstrieren anhand von Case Studies wie die neuen technologischen Möglichkeiten das Storytelling in der Animation beeinflussen. Dabei wird es auch um die Vor- und Nachteile der Integration dieser Tools in die Produktionspipeline gehen.

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Die Veranstaltung findet in englischer Sprache statt.

Speaker:

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Julia Parfitt, Executive Producer, Nexus Studios

Julia joined Nexus Studios over twenty years ago and has played a pivotal role in helping to realise its growth as a global player. In her early years she produced some of the studio’s most notable work, including the most awarded ad of the decade Honda ‘Grrrr‘, recipient of the highly coveted, Cannes Film Grand Prix Award, as well as the Grammy-nominated music video for Franz Ferdinand ‘Take me Out‘, no name but a few.

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Julia joined Nexus Studios over twenty years ago and has played a pivotal role in helping to realise its growth as a global player. In her early years she produced some of the studio’s most notable work, including the most awarded ad of the decade Honda ‘Grrrr‘, recipient of the highly coveted, Cannes Film Grand Prix Award, as well as the Grammy-nominated music video for Franz Ferdinand ‘Take me Out‘, no name but a few.

Julia also held the post of Head of Production at Nexus, where she brought her versatile and proactive skillset for almost a decade and oversaw the diverse creative output of the entire studio, ranging from high-profile film work such as the Oscar-nominated ‘This Way Up’, the title sequence for ‘Catch Me If You Can’ with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, several award winning commercials for the likes of Chipotle and Coca Cola, and ground-breaking XR experiences for the global consumer tech leaders.

Most recently, in the role of Executive Producer, Julia has established and nurtured long-standing relationships with further global brands such as Amazon Studios, Netflix, Headspace, Facebook, Google and Duolingo. She often works across platforms and is most interested in exploring how working at the cutting edge of technology can be enhanced with exceptional design and powerful storytelling, which has led her to spearheading a host of projects developed using Real-Time technology. 

In 2019, Julia was named ‘Pitch Superwoman’, a UK industry award that recognises trailblazing women and their contributions. Julia is also dedicated to finding and mentoring new talent, and with a strong desire to create a diverse and greener production landscape, she is a passionate advocate for sustainable practices.

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Kim Adams, Director of Real-time production, Nexus Studios

Kim Adams is the Director of Real-time production at Nexus Studios, where she is leading studio initiatives in real-time animation production across original TV and film, branded content and immersive storytelling, and supporting the growth of Nexus Interactive Arts. Kim’s 25+ years experience spans the entertainment, software, tech, and hardware industries. She is the Co-Founder of Adventure Lab, a social VR platform that connects audiences with virtual, live hosted, interactive adventures.

Bio Kim Adams

Kim Adams is the Director of Real-time production at Nexus Studios, where she is leading studio initiatives in real-time animation production across original TV and film, branded content and immersive storytelling, and supporting the growth of Nexus Interactive Arts. Kim’s 25+ years experience spans the entertainment, software, tech, and hardware industries. She is the Co-Founder of Adventure Lab, a social VR platform that connects audiences with virtual, live hosted, interactive adventures.

Before co-founding Adventure Lab, Kim led a team at Facebook in developing the AR “Storytime” app for Facebook’s Portal video device. Leading from ideation through launch, she developed the interactive product, built a creative team, produced the first slate of original stories, and developed key partnerships and a strategy for program expansion.

Kim was the Head of Production and Executive Producer at Oculus Story Studio, shepherding the development of the Emmy Award-winning narrative VR project, Wolves in the Walls. Previous to that, Kim was at Google Spotlight Stories, where she was a part of the leadership team and produced some of the first VR projects released world-wide; Rain or Shine with partner Nexus Productions, and Special Delivery, with Aardman Animations.

From 2009-2013, Kim was a Producer at Pixar Animation Studios, where she led the creation of Pixar’s “Toons” / Short Film division, heading a team of 125 across two companies / countries. Working between Walt Disney Studio, Pixar Canada, and Pixar, Kim partnered with eight new directors and produced 13 short films within the beloved Toy Story and Cars franchises while shepherding the development of a multitude of additional Pixar projects.

Previous to Pixar, Kim served as a visual effects producer on several films including Apocalypto, and worked on the Oscar-nominated visual effects for Master and Commander.

A member of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, The Television Academy, The Producers Guild of America, and Women in Animation, Kim has spoken on the topics of creative innovation, VR, and diversity across the globe for organizations (Directors Guild of America, Television Academy), at conferences (FMX, CES, Hollywood Digital, Harvest Innovation Summit, Games4Change), and universities (UCLA, USC, and Stanford). She received an MFA from the prestigious Producer’s Program at UCLA.

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Phil Stewart, Head of Realtime, Blue Zoo

Phil is Head of Real-time at Blue Zoo, researching, developing and testing new technology and workflows to help the studio achieve it’s ambition of working in the best ways for the benefit of the business and artists. From researching rendering tech and programming a VR-puppet in Unreal Engine, to doing push-ups to test a new Motion-Capture suit, the department strives to stay ahead of the game.

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