JUNE 8 & 9, 2020 TRACKS

Immersive Storytelling – Keynote

The Collaboration Between Art & Technology: Making Disney Animation’s “Myth: A Frozen Tale”

Jeff Gipson – Walt Disney Animation Studios
Jose Luis Gomez Diaz  –  Walt Disney Animation Studios

Jeff Gipson (Director) and Jose Luis Gomez Dias (Lead Software Engineer, VR/AR) discuss the design, challenges, collaborative workflows, and technological execution that were essential to the creation of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ VR short film “Myth: A Frozen Tale.” Explore the incorporation of various VR techniques and technology into the production pipeline as a means of facilitating the team’s ambitious creative goals.

Personal Profile
Jeff Gipson
Director – Walt Disney Animation Studios
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Jeff Gipson (Director) first joined the studio in 2013 as a lighting apprentice on “Frozen.” His other Disney credits include “Big Hero 6,” “Zootopia,” “Moana,” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” Gipson made his directing debut with Walt Disney Animation Studios’ first virtual reality short film, “Cycles” for which he won a Lumiere™ Award in 2019. He recently debuted his second VR short film “Myth: A Frozen Tale,” at the world premiere of “Frozen 2.”
Born in Raton, NM and raised in Trinidad, CO, Gipson had a strong sense of adventure that he expressed through drawing and his love for BMX riding.
At age 14, he was the lead advocate for building the first skatepark in his hometown, inspiring him to study architecture. Gipson received a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
While pursuing a master’s degree in architecture, Gipson decided to combine his skills in 3D modeling from building skateparks and apply it to filmmaking. He was an intern at Pixar Animation Studios and Laika Studios before finding his way to Disney. He now lives in Los Angeles and still goes back home to Trinidad to ride the first skatepark he helped build.

Company Presentation
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. Located in Burbank, WDAS continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to 2019’s Frozen 2, the biggest animated film of all time. Among the studio’s timeless creations are Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Big Hero 6 and Zootopia.

Personal Profile
Jose Luis Gomez Diaz
Lead Software Engineer, AR/VR –  Walt Disney Animation Studios
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Jose Luis Gomez Diaz (Lead Software Engineer, AR/VR) first started his Disney career in April 2013 as a software Engineer for “Frozen.” Born and raised in Salamanca, Spain, Gomez grew up with a love of physics and problem solving.
Gomez gravitated toward a career in gaming until films like “Jurassic Park” and “Terminator 2” inspired him to combine his love for physics and computer programming into visual effects. He worked on his first animated feature in 2003 at Bren Entertainment, developing software for El Cid: The Legend” and developed tools at Illion Animation studios before transitioning to visual effects companies as Framestore and Digital Domain to work on films such as “Gravity,” “Clash of the Titans,” and “Ender’s Game.”
In addition to “Frozen,” Gomez’s other Disney Animation feature credits include “Big Hero 6,” “Zootopia,” “Moana,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “Frozen 2.” He is most recently known for developing new techniques in real time and AR/VR storytelling for the studio as the Lead Software Engineer for AR/VR. Gomez was VR Lead for Disney Animation’s award-winning first VR Short film, “Cycles,”  and became VR Technology Supervisor on “Myth: A Frozen Tale” in 2019.

Company Presentation
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. Located in Burbank, WDAS continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to 2019’s Frozen 2, the biggest animated film of all time. Among the studio’s timeless creations are Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Big Hero 6 and Zootopia.

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