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Date: Monday, November 18th
Time: 9:00am 10:15am
Venue: Great Hall 1&2

Speaker: Sidney Kombo-Kintombo, Weta Digital, New Zealand

Abstract: Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel Avengers: Endgame conclude a decade-long saga told over the course of 22 movies. The MCU is a celebration and exploration of heroes and villains. Their individual journeys span multiple universes and cross barriers of time, eventually culminating in one of cinema's most complex VFX spectacles as they face-off one last time. Sidney recounts how Weta Digital assembled the expansive collection of characters for the climatic third acts of each film. He breaks down iconic scenes-from the fiercest battles to the intertwined fates of Thanos and Tony Stark-revealing how Weta's animators leveraged new animation toolsets and extensive experience in the MCU to portray the inevitable fate of The Avengers. Image Courtesy: © 2019 MARVEL

Speaker(s) Bio:
As an Animation Supervisor, Sidney ensures that the animation his team delivers is the best in the industry, whether it’s achieved through performance capture, keyframe animation, or a combination of both. Sidney joined Weta Digital in 2015 as a Senior Animator on The Jungle Book and went on to work on War for the Planet of the Apes and Avengers: Infinity War as an Animation Supervisor. Sidney has an Infographist degree from the Emile Cohl Art Academy. Outside work, he dedicates his time to building a CG education program for African youth. Prior to Weta, Sidney worked at Framestore, London and Industrial Light and Magic. He was a Senior Animator on Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar winning Gravity, and a Sequence Supervisor and Character Lead Animator for the majority of Rocket Raccoon’s shots in the first Guardians of the Galaxy. His credits also include The BFG, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Paddington, and he has recently wrapped on Avengers: Endgame.