Exploring Visual Effects and Post-Production Techniques

Ross Shain ’91, Imagineer Systems

Motion tracking and rotoscoping are the foundation tools of visual effects and many areas of film and video post-production. Bard film department alumus, Ross Shain ’91 will talk about visual effect problem solving and demonstrate the Academy Award winning software he helped design, mocha Pro.

About Ross Shain

Ross Shain is an accomplished post-production artist and chief marketing officer of Imagineer Systems.  In 2013, Ross was recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures with a Science and Engineering Academy Award for his work on the development and design of mocha planar tracking software. With 20 years of creative and technical experience in film and television, Shain has held responsibilities ranging from compositor, colorist and effects supervisor to product designer. Prior to his role at Imagineer Systems, Ross held positions with Avid Technology, On2 Technologies, Northern Lights Post and taught at New York University’s CADA Program.

About Imagineer Systems

Imagineer Systems is the award winning developer of visual effects solutions for film, video and broadcast post production markets. Imagineer Systems has made its mark on Hollywood productions as The Hobbit, Black Swan and the Harry Potter series. Imagineer’s software product line consists of mocha Pro – roto, planar tracking, compositing, and removal utility; mocha AE – a planar tracking and roto utility designed for After Effects and Final Cut Pro users. Imagineer Systems was founded in 2000 and its headquarters is located in Guildford, United Kingdom.

Sponsored by: Experimental Humanities Concentration; Film and Electronic Arts Program.

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