July 24, 2019

VFS Animation Campus
151 West Cordova Street
Vancouver, BC

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Celebrating Innovation & Inspiration in Computer Graphics
July 24, 2019

Date: Wednesday, 24 July 2019
Time: 7 PM (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
Admission: FREE

VFS Animation Campus
151 West Cordova Street
Vancouver, BC

Wednesday - July 24, 7:00 PM
Presented by DNEG & Sony Pictures Imageworks
moderator: Heather Zolis with Bianca Gee, Jennifer Meire & Michelle Gao

Take a journey abroad with key female artists as they present a behind-the-scenes look at Men in Black: International.


Bianca Gee
Animator // Sony Pictures Imageworks
(Men in Black: International, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, Super Monsters)

Bianca Gee is an animator at Sony Pictures Imageworks, most recently completing work on Men in Black: International, where she was a member of the team responsible for bringing to life the character Pawny, voiced by Kumail Nanjiani.

She joined Imageworks as an animator in 2017, initially working on Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation and later on the Academy Award-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Bianca is originally from Houston, Texas and attended the Savannah College of Art & Design where she earned her degree in 3D Animation.

Heather Zolis
Outreach & Recruiting Manager // WildBrain Studios


As the Outreach and Recruiting Manager at WildBrain (formerly DHX) Heather is passionate about all things creative and technical. When matching candidates, roles, and business culture, she draws upon 20+ years in the creative-tech industry as a Recruiter, Trainer, Project Manager and Graphic Artist. Working in-house she has directed large scale recruiting for corporations and managed slow growth business development for boutique start-ups including: Electronic Arts, Capcom, Scanline VFX, and Digital Domain. Heather specializes in customized resource sourcing via a worldwide network.

WildBrain Studios

Jennifer Meire
Compositing Supervisor // DNEG
(Men in Black: International, The Meg, Ant-Man & the Wasp, The Mummy)

JenniferJennifer Meire is a passionate Compositing Supervisor at DNEG Vancouver. Most recently, she worked on Sony Pictures’ highly anticipated reboot of the Men in Black franchise Men in Black: International (2019).

After many years at DNEG London, Jennifer transferred to DNEG’s Vancouver studio in 2016 where she worked on multiple projects including the micro-sized superhero adventure Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) in the role of 2D Compositing Supervisor. She also led the compositing team on the action-horror film The Meg (2018) which featured prehistoric giant shark, massive underwater environments and atmospherics, including photorealistic coral reefs, bubbles, and other sea life. Previously, she had gained experience as a Sequence Compositing Supervisor for films such as Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods & Kings, Man of Steel and Assassin’s Creed.

Jennifer started in the VFX industry in London (UK) as a flame artist in the late nineties working on numerous commercials before moving into feature film VFX. In the early 2000s, she headed down to New Zealand to work on Peter Jackson’s majestic King Kong, after which moving on to John Carter and Total Recall. As a Compositor at the beginning of her career, Jennifer had the opportunity to work on large scale films such as Danny Boyle’s Sunshine and two films in the Harry Potter series.

Photography was her big passion for many years before starting to explore the virtual world of computer graphics. Born and raised in Italy, she has been surrounded by fine art all her life. Jennifer decided early on to pursue an artistic career and studied Fine Art and Photography in Rome.

Michelle Gao
Sr Lighting Technical Director // Sony Pictures Imageworks
(Men in Black: International, Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse, Hotel Transylvania 3, The LEGO Ninjago Movie)

Michelle Gao is a lighting technical artist at Sony Pictures Imageworks, most recently completing work on Men in Black: International for Columbia Pictures.

She joined Imageworks in 2015 and her credits include: the Academy Award-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Alice Through the Looking Glass.

Growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii, Michelle enjoyed crafting art and tinkering with computers and robots. Inspired by the arts and technology, she moved to Georgia to attend Savannah College of Art & Design, earning a degree in Visual Effects & Technical Direction.

Michelle began her career as a generalist artist freelancing in Los Angeles and later held VFX roles as a CG Generalist, and Lookdev Artist, at Framestore, and Aardman Nathan Love in New York City.

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