As cross media convergence among all manner of content creation and distribution becomes the norm; we look at some of the exciting cross utilization of tools within media and entertainment. Game engines are now used for story board, animation, as well as scenery. Motion capture and VR technologies are changing the face of content and performance going back to the historic holographic Tupac performance at Coachella in 2012. As seen with the purchase of 'Avatar' technology by James Cameron and the Weather Channel's much talked about use of 3D graphics showing Florence's storm surge; Georgia is a key player in this important space.
Parking is free. Light food and refreshments provided.

Fatimah Abdullah
Executive Producer, Primal Screen

With more than 15 years of experience in animation and global branding, Fatimah has served as a community activist, mentor and as president of the International Association of Animated Film-South (ASIFA-South). Prior to joining Primal Screen, the Georgia State grad spearheaded linear, VFX and immersive enterprise level projects for Fortune 500 companies and industry leaders including Delta, IHG, CSE and CNN. Abdullah also has an extensive background in co-branding projects, having worked with award-winning agencies to produce content for companies as varied as HBO, AMC, Food Network, Bravo, USA and Discovery.

Alberto Crespo 
Principal VFX Designer, The Weather Channel

Crespo is a Princple VFX Designer who works with the VFX team to create cutting edge, Unreal Engine augmented reality graphics for The Weather Channel's live programming.
Crespo has worked at The Weather Channel for over 11 years and his work has been nominated for an Emmy this year and has been awarded 1st place at Promax BDA nationally for his VFX and AR segments 5 years in a row and was recently awarded a 1st place global award from both the Promax BDA and Vizrt global competitions for his augmented reality graphics.
He holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Art with a concentration on 3D modeling and animation form Savannah College of Art and Design.

Warren Drones
VFX Team, The Weather Channel

Warren Drones has been crafting virtual worlds for nearly a decade. He currently works at The Weather Channel as part of the Emmy nominated VFX team. Since being there he has helped launch their IMR(Immersive mixed reality) content aimed at innovating news graphic presentation. Previously, at Trick 3D Warren helped generate media and interactive content for clients such as Delta Air Lines, AT&T, Holiday Inn, Make a Wish, Turner Broadcasting and more in the form of marketing material, websites, and video games. 

Elliott Rothman
Director of Innovation and Devlopment, TRICK3D

Rothman is leading TRICK3D's technology teams as they harness emerging technologies, such as AR and VR, to solve real-world problems for clients. Rothman champions smart, applied and beautiful uses of technology to all of TRICK 3D’s projects. Prior to joining TRICK 3D, Rothman led experiential multimedia projects for The SuperGroup agency, working with clients such as The Coca-Cola Company, Budweiser and Holiday Inn Express.
Elliott has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts and New Media from the State University of New York College at Fredonia. He is a professional wrestling enthusiast and enjoys writing and recording music.

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Wednesday, September 18th

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Tripwire Interactive
1775 Woodstock Rd, Suite 100
Roswell, GA 30075


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