D-Flect: "Blade Runner 2049: Orchestrating a global team of high-tech creatives" on 9 July

Together with Filmhochschule Babelsberg Konrad Wolf and Virtual Reality Berlin-Brandenburg e.V., we are happy to invite you to our next D-Flectsession which will take place on Monday, July 9, 2018, at Hasso Plattner Institute. We look forward to welcoming John Nelson, Academy award-winning visual effects supervisor who will talk about "Blade Runner 2049: Orchestrating a global team of high-tech creatives".




Interdisciplinary team work is essential for any successful film production. With their creativity and vision, visual effects artists make a central contribution to help reinforcing the story of a film. For their work with directors, producers, designers and other visual effects artists, collaboration is a key part, from pre- to post production in the filmmaking process. But what makes a globally working visual effects team successful? What challenges and opportunities do you have to face when supervising an international team of high-tech creatives?


At our upcoming D-Flect session, visual effects supervisor John Nelson will share his experiences and discuss the role international collaboration played in creating the Academy Award-winning visual effects of Blade Runner 2049.


About John Nelson:


John Nelson is an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor. He graduated with high distinction from the University of Michigan in 1976 with a Bachelors in General Studies. In 1987, he moved to Germany to help set up the German company Mental Images GmbH. John VFX supervised several movies for Sony Pictures Imageworks such as In the Line of Fire (1993), My Life (1993), Judge Dredd (1995), The Cable Guy (1996) and City of Angels (1998) for Sony Pictures Imageworks.


In 1998 John left Sony to Senior VFX supervise Gladiator (2000) for which he won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects (2001). After K-19: The Widowmaker (2002) and the Centropolis sections of The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and Matrix Revolutions (2003), John supervised all the VFX in I, Robot (2004) and Iron Man (2008) both of which were nominated for the Academy Award in Visual Effects. In 2018 John won his second Academy Award for the Special Visual Effects for "Blade Runner 2049". He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Visual Effects Society, the International Cinematographers Guild and the Director's Guild of America.


Date: 9 July 2018
Time: 17:00-19:00
Place: Prof.-Dr.-Helmert-Str. 2-3, Lecture Hall Building, Lecture Hall 2


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We look forward to a lively discussion!