Industry of Imagination Conference

Saturday 10th June 2017

The Industry of Imagination conference is sold out

‘Industry of Imagination’ brings together a spectacular line-up of leading international and local artists from the worlds of science fiction, fantasy and pop surrealism. Now into its second year, this Wellington event shares how these experts create imaginary worlds for film, television, publishing and games.

Conference Special Guests

Vance Kovacs

Concept Designer
The Jungle Book, War for the planet of the apes, Snow White and the hunstman, Thor, Riddick

Armand S. Baltazar

Author, Art director, Concept Designer, Background Artist
Timeless, The Prince of Egypt, The Road to Eldorado, Sinbad, Shark Tale, Flushed Away, Princess and the Frog, Brave, Inside Out

Wayne Barlowe

Author, Painter, Concept Designer
Avatar, Hellboy, Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkhaban, Harry Potter and the goblet of fire, Shadow of Mordor, The Hobbit, Pacific Rim

Tara McPherson

Pop-Surreal artist
The New York Times, Esquire, Vanity Fair, Elle, Marie Claire, Hi-Fructose, Juxtapoz, DC Comics, Warner Brothers, Cirque du Soleil, Dark Horse Comics, Kidrobot

Industry Guests

Ben Milsom

Director/Production Designer Thunderbirds

Vaune Mason

Jeweller, small object maker and production designer.

Dan Lemmon

Visual Effects Supervisor Weta Digital : Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Phoebe Morris

Freelance Illustrator

Alex Funke

Cinematagrapher and creative designer for Battlestar Galactica, Blade Runner, Lord of the Rings and the Power of 10

Joe Bleakley QSM

Art Director Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Production designer Commonwealth games, World of Wearable Art, The sun festival

Bo Moore

Freelance Illustrator

Claire Tobin

Television Art Director at Mechanic Animation

Johnny Fraser-Allen

Designer of The Gloaming

Flo Foxworthy

Constume Designer
Weta Workshop

Ben Hawker

Lead Creative
Weta Workshop

Rebekah Tisch

Senior Concept Designer
Weta Workshop

Jeremy Hanna

Concept Designer
Weta Workshop

Marc Johnston

Lead concept artist for PikPok

Anton Petrov

Illustrator for Watermark

Stephen Crowe

Head of Art at Mechanic Animation Limited

Gino Acevedo

Creative Art Director Weta Digital Art Department

Sir Richard Taylor

CEO and co-founder of Weta Workshop

Christian Gossett

Director, Writer, Story Artist, Concept Designer
The Redstar, Activision Call of Duty, Sega, Namco, Microsoft, Star Wars Phantom Menace, King Kong, Alice in Wonderland.

Garry Buckley

Pop-Surreal Artist, Concept designer - The Hobbit, and Modelmaker - Avatar, District 9, Ghost in the Shell

Tanya Marriott

Senior Lecturer Massey University

Conference Schedule

8 – 8.45am

Conference registration

9 – 9.10am

Introduction to the Industry of Imagination by host Christian Gossett

9.10am – 10.10am

Guest Speaker
Tara McPherson
“I know it by heart”

Sponsored by Massey University

10.10am – 10.55am
The Imaginary Worlds Lightning talks

With presentations by designers and illustrators working for PikPok, Watermark, Promised Lands, Penguin NZ, Weta Workshop and Monster Burlesque. Marc Johnston, Anton Petrov, Bo Moore, Johnny Frazer-Allen, Phoebe Morris, Vaune Mason

10.55am – 11.10am
Morning Tea

11.10am – 12.10pm

Guest Speaker
Vance Kovacs

Sponsored by Weta Digital

12.10am – 12.55am
Creatures as Characters

With a presentation by Dan Lemmon, Visual Effects Supervisor, Weta Digital

12.55pm – 1.55pm

1.55pm – 2.40pm
Manifesting Monsters : Traditional and digital transformations

With a presentation by Gino Acevedo, Creature Art Director, Weta Digital

2.40pm – 3.25pm
The Unseen Art of Animated Pre-production.

With presentations by Stephen Crowe, Claire Hackett. Hosted by Christian Gossett

3.25pm – 4.25pm

Guest Speaker
Armand S. Baltazar

Sponsored by Mechanic Animation

4.25pm – 4.40pm
Afternoon Tea

4.40pm – 5.25pm
Scaleable Worlds: The Art and Innovation of Miniature Worlds

With presentations by Cinematographer Alex Funke, Concept Designer Garry Buckley and Art Directors Joe Bleakley QSM and Ben Milsom. Hosted by Tanya Marriott.

5.25pm – 6.25pm

Guest Speaker
Wayne Barlowe

Sponsored by Weta Workshop

6.25pm – 7.10pm
Cyborg Anatomy: Synthesising the future of Ghost In the Shell

With presentations by Weta Workshop crew Sir Richard Taylor, Jeremy Hannah, Flo Foxworthy, Jared Haley and Rebekah Tisch. Hosted by Ben Hawker.

7 – 7.30pm

Thank-you and closing by host Christian Gossett

Conference Location

10A02 Theatrette
Massey University
Block 10 (Old Museum Building)
Entrance D
Tasman Street.

The entrance to the conference is on the east side of the Old Museum Building.

Pay and display parking is available during the event, or attendees can use the staff parking in the east side carpark.