August 28, 2019

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Celebrating Innovation & Inspiration in Computer Graphics
August 28, 2019


Date: Wednesday, August 28
Time: 7 PM

VFS Digital Design Campus
420 Homer St (@ W Hastings)
Vancouver, BC

Wednesday - August 28, 7:00 PM
Presented by Sony Pictures Imageworks
moderator: Amy Tang with David Allen, John Vassallo, Rohini Kumar, Shreyasi Das & Stirling Duguid

The flightless angry birds and the scheming green piggies take their beef to the next level in The Angry Birds Movie 2! When a new threat emerges that puts both Bird and Pig Island in danger, these enemies must become frenemies and form an unlikely superteam to save their homes. Imageworks artists were once again tasked with bringing the world of Angry Birds to the big screen. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the artistic and technical challenges the team faced in creating new characters, environments and effects for this hilarious animated adventure.


Amy Tang
Associate Producer // Mainframe Studios


Amy Tang is currently an Associate Producer at Mainframe Studios, A Division of WOW! Unlimited Media Inc. She is also an Associate Producer for Spark CG Society and is on the Board of Directors for Vancouver Animation Network.

Amy's ability to maintain a grass roots and organic structured approach, along with a loud voice and active energy, compliments the teams she oversees and events she helps organize and run. It is important for Amy to evoke strong community connections to help the industry grow and thrive.

As a small girl growing up in Manitoba Canada, under open skies and endless fields, Amy has nourished her soul and mind with music, theatre and film. This has helped build strong creative legs that help carry visions, imagination and networking into Vancouver's expressive lifestyle.

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David Allen
Effects Animation Supervisor // Sony Pictures Imageworks

DavidDavid Allen is an effects animation supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks, most recently completing work on The Angry Birds Movie 2. He is responsible for overseeing a team of effects artists, providing artistic and technical direction, and bidding and casting effects work.

David is currently supervising effects work on the animated feature Vivo for Sony Pictures Animation. His Imageworks credits also include: Stuart Little, Castaway, Storks, The Meg, and Love, Death + Robots.

Prior to Imageworks, David served in various effects positions at PDI and DreamWorks Animation. His credits include: Shrek, Minority Report, A.I., Kung Fu Panda, Puss in Boots, and Turbo.

David is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

John Vassallo
Lead Animator // Sony Pictures Imageworks

JohnJohn Vassallo is a lead animator at Sony Pictures Imageworks, most recently completing work on the animated adventure The Angry Birds Movie 2. He is currently supervising a team of animators on Vivo for Sony Pictures Animation.

John joined Imageworks in 2012, and his credits include: Hotel Transylvania, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, Storks, The Smurfs, Hotel Transylvania 2, and Smallfoot.

Previously, John worked as an animator at Walt Disney Animation on the Academy Award®-winning Big Hero 6. He also held various animation roles at MPC, Rainmaker, Weta Digital, Animal Logic, Rhythm and Hues, Luma Pictures, and Stargate Films.

In his spare time, John teaches facial performance at

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, John received his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from the College of Creative Studies in his hometown.

Rohini Kumar
Animation Lead // Sony Pictures Imageworks

RohiniRohini Kumar is an animation lead at Sony Pictures Imageworks most recently supervising work on The Angry Birds Movie 2. She is currently supervising a team of animators on Mitchells vs. The Machines for Sony Pictures Animation.

Rohini joined Imageworks in 2015 as an animator and her credits include The Angry Birds Movie, Smurfs: The Lost Village, The Emoji Movie, Smallfoot, and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.

Prior to joining Imageworks, Rohini worked as an animator at Nitrogen Studios on the animated feature Sausage Party. She also served in various capacities at Zoic Studios, Guru Studio, Intelligent Creatures, and Core Digital Pictures.

Rohini is originally from New Delhi, India. She received a post graduate certificate in digital character animation from Sheridan College and a bachelor of fine art degree from Delhi College of Art.

Shreyasi Das
Lighting Lead // Sony Pictures Imageworks

ShreyasiShreyasi Das is a lighting lead at Sony Pictures Imageworks, most recently completing work on the animated adventure The Angry Birds Movie 2. She was responsible for providing creative and technical leadership and support to the lighting team, establish the lighting and look of sequences based on concept art, and submit cute animal gifs on the team chatrooms.

Originally from Kolkata, India, Shreyasi begin her career at Imageworks in 2015 as an associate lighting TD. Her film credits include: Spider-Man: Homecoming, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, Storks, Smurfs, and Alice Through the Looking Glass. She is currently working as lighting lead on the animated feature Over the Moon for Netflix.

Previously, Shreyasi held various roles at Pixar Animation Studios, Blue Sky Studios, DreamWorks Animation, Doodle Pictures and HumbleTV.

She is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology and is a member of Women in Animation.

Stirling Duguid
Digital Effects Supervisor // Sony Pictures Imageworks

StirlingStirling Duguid is a digital effects supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks. Most recently, he served as visual effects supervisor on the animated adventure The Angry Birds Movie 2.

Duguid previously served as CG supervisor on numerous features including: Sony Pictures Animation’s Smurfs: The Lost Village, Columbia Pictures/Rovio Animation’s The Angry Birds Movie, Disney’s Oz the Great & Powerful, Sony Pictures Animation’s Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, Arthur Christmas, the Academy Award®-nominated Surf’s Up and Disney’s Academy Award®-nominated The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch & the Wardrobe.

Having spent more than a decade at Imageworks, Duguid also served as a lighting and compositing lead and an FX technical director on features including: The Polar Express and The Matrix Reloaded for Warner Bros., Stuart Little 2 and America’s Sweethearts for Columbia Pictures, Disney’s The Haunted Mansion and Cast Away for 20th Century Fox.

With over 20 years of experience in live-action and CG feature film production, Duguid has extensive experience in supervising FX animation, modeling and look development, cloth and hair simulation, lighting and compositing and stereoscopic production departments.

Duguid began his career at VisionArt Design and Animation working as an FX technical director. He is a graduate of the University of the Nations in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

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