Lorne Lanning
Co Founder/President/Creative Director, Oddworld Inhabitants,
San Francisco, USA

Lorne has been involved with computer graphics and digital media for over 15 years. He is the Co-Founder and President of the video game development company Oddworld Inhabitants and a member of the Advisory Board for the San Francisco Academy of Art University.

A graduate of School of Visual Arts in NYC, Lorne studied photo-realism and commercial illustration before attending the California Institute of the Arts where he studied film, visual effects and storytelling as well as traditional and computer animation. Enticed by emergent, computer animation work Lorne joined Rhythm & Hues where he contributed to numerous award winning commercials, attractions such as Euro-Disney, MCA/Universal, the Worlds Fair, and worked for clients of the caliber of Universal-Japan, Mazda, and Reebok.

In 1992 Lorne formed the video game development company, Oddworld Inhabitants. Developing a worldwide following, Oddworld has grown into a multi-million dollar enterprise that continues to grow to this day.

Shelly Page
Head of International Outreach, Dreamworks.
London, UK

Shelley currently travels extensively around Europe seeking new animation talent. Shelley is on the Advisory Board and Jury of The London Animation and Effects Festival (LEAF), Imagina (Monte Carlo), Animated Encounters (Bristol), Annecy (France) and the the 3D Festival (Copenhagen). She is also on the advisory board or graduation jury of several leading 3D animation schools including Bournemouth University NCCA program, Supinfocom (France), Gobelins (France).

Shelley commenced her career with Richard Williams Animation Studio in 1982 as a background artist. In 1986 she was appointed UK Backgrounds Supervisor for Who Framed Roger Rabbit? before joining Steven Spielberg's Amblimation Studio in London as Background Supervisor.

Stephan Martinere
Concept artist / Creative Visual Director, Midway Games
Chicago, USA

Stephan Martiniere is an internationally renowned Science Fiction and Fantasy Artist. He is also an accomplished concept artist who has worked on movies such as I Robot, Star Wars Episodes 2 & 3, Virus, Red Planet, Sphere, and the Time Machine. As a visual design director for Cyan, Stephan was also responsible for creating and overseeing the look of the games URU, Ages Beyond: Myst as well as its two expansion packs and upcoming title. Stephan is currently the Visual Design Director for Midway Games in Chicago.

Steven Stahlberg
Lead Artist
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Steven Stahlberg is a co-founder of Optidigit, now partnered with VisualXtreme to form Androidblues, The Virtual Talent Studio. Steven is the head of 3D animation and art director of Androidblues in addition to being an artist, illustrator and animator. After completing his art studies in Sweden and Australia Steven worked ten years as a freelance illustrator for leading advertising agencies and publications in Europe and Asia, then another eleven years in CG for clients such as Digital Anvil, Electronic Arts and Disney. He has also held seminars for Alias and Disney.

Steven has won many awards, including 8 CG Choice, Animago, Arts Electronica, 3D Festival and Comgraph. His art has been featured in and on the covers of dozens of books including d'artiste: Character Modeling. He was the first artist in the world to have a virtual character sponsored by a major modeling agency (Elite, 1999). Steven is internationally acknowledged as a world class digital artist recently being appointed a Maya Master.

Pascal Blanche
Concept Artist/Art Director and 3D artist
Montreal, Canada

Pascal emerged from a background in Mathematics & Philosophy and earned a diploma in Applied Arts before moving rapidly into game development. Pascal's list of credentials spanning the last 11 years include work in Animation, 3D Art and character modeling. His credits include work on games like: Atripolis 2097, Elric, Stupid Invaders and, most recently, art direction on Myst IV Revelation for Ubisoft. Pascal also worked on the CG feature for TVA International. An accomplished artist in his own right, Pascal has won awards for work contributed to the EXPOSE annuals, has been credited in the roles of Graphics and Design on numerous projects as well as working for Xilam.

Francisco Cortina
Founder of Cortina Digital, 3D artist
California, USA

Francisco A. Cortina has been an artist in the computer graphics industry for over 12 years, working in various facets of digital production encompassing feature films, games and the medical industry. In 2005 he went on to form his own company, Cortina Digital, in order to focus on his goal of providing high-quality character development and licensing to companies.

David Wright
Creative Director, NVIDIA
Santa Clara, USA

David Wright has a long history as a 3D Artist; starting in 1985 when he first used the Commodore Amiga computers and some primitive ray tracing software. But he quickly progressed to making lots of successful TV commercials, and architectural renderings for the real estate market. Later he focused on the architectural area and co-founded "Artmaze", still one of the leading providers of integrated 3D animated visuals and multimedia services for Real Estate developers.

After graduating in 2000, he was invited to join the USA arm of the European graphics software company "Realviz" as a VP of AEC Marketing, with the task of expanding and shaping their image-based modeling and camera tracking software for the AEC market. Two years later he joined NVIDIA as the head of Creative & Design and exercises his true passions, 3D & Design. David holds a BFA from the Academy of Art University in California, majoring in 3D Computer Modeling.

JoAnne Northrup
Senior Curator, San Jose Museum of Art's
San Jose, USA

JoAnne Northrup has served as the San Jose Museum of Art's Senior Curator since 2001. From 1995-2001 she served as Curator, Exhibits and Collections at the de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, and from 1992-95 she held a curatorial position at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California. Northrup earned her Master's Degree in Art History/Museum Studies from the University of Southern California, and her Bachelor's Degree in Art History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Since accepting the position at SJMA, Northrup has curated numerous exhibitions that fuse popular culture and contemporary art, including Un/Familiar Territory; Domestic Odyssey; Girl Power! Laurie Long; Heavenly Bodies ; and Jennifer Steinkamp, which is on a national tour.

She is currently working on an exhibition entitled Robots: Evolution of a Cultural Icon, scheduled to open April 2008. The exhibitionfeatures sculptures, paintings, photographs, digital media, and installations created by more than 20 artists from across the US. While some artists meticulously create portraits or representational sculptures of robots, others address a range of social and cultural issues through robot iconography. They have responded to the technological innovation with optimism, pessimism, and humor, presenting work that ultimately explores our ambivalent attitudes towards robots.

Among the catalogues and books she has produced at SJMA are Tales of Yellow Skin: The Art of Long Nguyen (2003); Domestic Odyssey (2004); Selections: The San Jose Museum of Art Permanent Collection (co-author, 2004); Jennifer Steinkamp (2006); and most recently, Il Lee: Ballpoint Abstractions (2007).

Mark Snoswell
President, The CGSociety
Adelaide, Australia

Dr Mark Snoswell is President of The CGSociety, Publisher & Art Director of Ballistic Media and founder of Ballistic Media. Mark keeps a fairly low public profile choosing to work behind the scenes. Mark has been a major contributor to recent CGChallenges writing much of the inspirational and technical support material.

His diverse range of experiences include: development of Absolute Character Tools (www.cgCharacter.com); development of The Ultimate Human Model set; film production work for Disney and Warner Brothers; production work for National Geographic; and teaching graphic design, 3ds Max and Painter. Mark’s background includes multimedia design and a career in biotechnology R&D. He is also an artist when time permits and a sampling of his art can be seen in his CGPortfolio http://marksnoswell.cgsociety.org/gallery/.

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