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The Making of the Muppets, Thursday, Feb. 23rd

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
7:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.

Join us for a special behind the scenes look at the visual effects of the Muppets.

The Muppets a visual effects movie? Were there CG puppets? No, but there were over 350 visual effects shots. In this case, the work done by the VFX artists gave the puppeteers additional freedom to make the Muppets do things they’d never been able to do in the past.

VFX Supervisor and Producer Janet Muswell will talk about the pre-production planning, working with puppeteers and puppets on-set, walking the line between campy and realistic and juggling the rolls of supervisor and producer. LOOK Effects’ in-house supervisor Max Ivins will discuss what they did and how (and why) they did. LOOK’s in-house producer Jenny Foster will be on-hand to explain the roll of a facility vfx producer in moving shots through the post-production pipeline.

Unfortunately Kermit will NOT be able to join us.


Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
7:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.


Gnomon School of Visual Effects
1015 N. Cahuenga Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90038
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Guest Speakers from Look Effects

Janet Muswell
Visual Effects Supervisor and Producer

Janet Muswell’s career in Visual Effects has spanned over two decades. Before “The Muppets” she served as Visual Effects Producer on the Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz feature “Knight & Day” for 20th Century Fox. Janet has produced VFX, CGI and Animation for theatrical features, IMAX, television, commercials and Stereoscopic Special Venues. On the management side she has overseen and managed VFX companies both large and small such as Todd AD Digital Images, Hollywood Digital, Simex DS and eight companies within the Ascent Media group. She has also built and managed 3D pipelines for Simex and Hollywood Digital. Janet is one of the founding members of the Visual Effects Society and has been very active within the Education committee.

Max Ivins
Visual Effects Supervisor

Max is a co-owner of LOOK Effects. As senior visual effects supervisor, Max is responsible for on-set supervision, as well as overseeing LOOK’s 3D animation and compositing efforts. He has worked on features and TV projects for clients including Warner Bros, Disney, Universal, Fox, Sony Pictures, Revolution, and Lions Gate. Prior to joining the company, Max spent four years on staff at Blue Sky|VIFX as a digital effects supervisor and 3D animator. Max also worked at Rhythm & Hues, Digital Domain and Stargate Films as a visual effects supervisor, 3D animator and compositor. He has truly developed personal expertise in nearly every facet of the visual effects profession and leverages this knowledge and experience to solve a client’s problem and create artful effects on numerous major projects. Max followed up his work on The Muppets with supervising Underworld Awakening.

Jenny Foster
Visual Effects Producer

Jenny has over 40 feature films and 70 television episodes under her belt. Her film credits include Spiderman 3, The Fountain, Blood Diamond, Apocalypto, Get Smart, Fame, Avatar, Limitless and The Muppets. Her tv credits include Life (for which she received a VES Awards nomination), Las Vegas, Bones, Malcolm in the Middle, Criminal Minds and CSI:NY. She is an active member of the VES and PGA. Jenny holds a BA in Film from Occidental College and an MFA from Art Center.