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with SPI’s David Smith, Sacha Kipijimpanga & Clara Chan
January 19, 2021

Fueled with determination and a passion for science, a bright young girl builds a rocket ship to the moon to prove the existence of a legendary Moon Goddess. There she ends up on an unexpected quest, and discovers a whimsical land of fantastical creatures. Imageworks artists will take you behind-the-scenes of this exhilarating animated musical adventure, exploring the technical and artistic challenges the team faced in order to bring legendary director, Glen Keane's, vision to life.

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Tuesday - January 19, 6:00 PM

Moderator: Marina Antunes with David Smith, Sacha Kipijimpanga & Clara Chan



Clara Chan
CG Supervisor // Sony Pictures Imageworks

Clara Clara Chan is a computer graphics supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks. She has contributed to Over the Moon, Hotel Transylvania 3, The Emoji Movie, and Storks.

Previously, Chan served as a senior technical director at Imageworks. Her credits include: Hotel Transylvania 2, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Oz: The Great & Powerful, The Amazing Spider-Man, Hotel Transylvania, Cats & Dogs 2, G-Force, Beowulf, Monster House, Polar Express, Early Bloomer, and Stuart Little 2.

Earlier in her career, Chan worked as a software engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab.

Chan earned a B.S. in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master’s degree in visualization sciences from Texas A&M University.


David Smith
VFX Supervisor // Sony Pictures Imageworks

David David Smith is a visual effects supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks, most recently supervising the Netflix animated feature Over the Moon, directed by the legendary Glen Keane.

Previously, Smith served as VFX Supervisor on The Emoji Movie and Storks and as digital effects supervisor on The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, directed by Marc Webb.

Smith has worked on multiple Academy Award®-nominated features including: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (2006 Academy Award® nominee, Achievement in Visual Effects), Hollow Man (2000 Academy Award® nominee, Achievement in Visual Effects), Stuart Little (1999 Academy Award® nominee, Achievement in Visual Effects), Starship Troopers (1998 Academy Award® nominee, Achievement in Visual Effects).

During his time at Imageworks, Smith has worked on many other films including: Eagle Eye, I Am Legend, Green Lantern, Cats & Dogs 2, Beowulf, Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone and Godzilla.

Smith earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Television & Film from San Diego State University. He began his entertainment career as a runner at Boss Film Studios in 1991. While working in the Boss purchasing department, Smith offered to also work nights and mornings in the rapidly expanding CGI department. Smith quickly moved up to senior technical director working on such features as Species and Outbreak and animating on the theme park ride "Scuba Dog." He was promoted to scene supervisor for Multiplicity, creating on-set pre-visualization and leading a team of compositors to complete the effects work.

David has been a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Art & Sciences since 2013.


Marina Antunes
President // Spark CG Society


Marina has been writing and discussing film for over 15 years, first on a personal blog followed by a decade long tenure on the now retired Row Three. In 2008, she joined the writing staff at Quiet Earth, becoming Editor-In-Chief in 2014, a role she still holds. Over the years, she has also produced and hosted a number of podcasts including Before the Dawn, a long-running podcast on the Twilight franchise, Girls on Pop, a podcast on film and popular entertainment from women’s perspective and After the Credits, bi-monthly film podcast with nearly 300 episodes.

Marina is a member of the Online Film Critics Society and the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, is the Vice President of the Vancouver ACM SIGGRAPH chapter and has served on juries for several film festivals including DOXA, St. Louis International Film Festival, and the Whistler Film Festival. She joined the Spark CG Society as Festival Director in 2014.

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Sacha Kipijimpanga
Head of Character Animation // Sony Pictures Imageworks

Sacha Sebastian Kapijimpanga is head of character animation at Sony Pictures Imageworks, most recently completing work on the Netflix animated feature Over the Moon, directed by the legendary Glen Keane.

Kapijimpanga previously supervised animation on the live-action Ghostbusters reboot, The Emoji Movie, The Smurfs 2, and The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol. He also served as lead animator Hotel Transylvania, The Smurfs, and G-Force.

Kapijimpanga's other Imageworks credits include: Alice in Wonderland, which was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Visual Effects, I Am Legend, Beowulf, Surf's Up, Monster House, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe.

Prior to joining Imageworks, Kapijimpanga worked as a Character Animator on Everyone's Hero while at IDT. He was also one of four principal animators on the film Ryan, which won an Academy Award® for Best Animated Short in 2004.

In 2001, Kapijimpanga graduated from "Max the Mutt" Animation School in Toronto, Canada with a diploma in classical animation. He furthered his education by studying 3D digital animation at Seneca College, where he earned a certificate in 2002.

Kapijimpanga is a native of Canada.


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