AEAF Awards Judges

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Emily Harridge
Creative Director

Dane Maddams
Dane is the Executive Vice President of Plastic Wax Studios

Dane has been at the forefront of Plastic Wax's cinematic campaigns since 2003, producing and directing cut-scenes and commercials for Transformers Revenge of the Fallen, Green lantern, Disney's Epic Mickey, Warner Brothers; Infinite Crisis, along with countless Game cut-scene launch campaigns for Sid Meier's Civilization, Saints Row IV, Borderlands, XBOX, Bioshock and Fallout New Vegas to name a few.

Having been awarded E3's Best trailer for 2013, 2014 Platinum Marcom awards in the animation category, along with Australian Film Festival first place in the games cinematic category 6 years running Dane's had the privilege to have worked on some of the most prolific titles in gaming and entertainment over the past decade.

Marc Weigert
CEO Uncharted Territory

Marc is an Emmy-award winning producer and visual effects supervisor. Marc is currently CEO of production company Uncharted Territory, founded in 1999 with business partner Volker Engel. He was Executive Producer and VFX supervisor on 'Anonymous', and Co-Producer and VFX supervisor on '2012'. In between producing feature and TV films, Uncharted Territory, with Marc Weigert as visual effects producer and/or supervisor, also provided visual effects services for 'The Day After Tomorrow' (2004) and the 'Intermedia'-title for 'Terminator 3' (2003).
Marc won a Satellite award for the visual effects for '2012' and an Emmy award for the mini-series 'The Triangle'. He also worked as on-set VFX Supervisor for several commercials for companies including Canon, Tropicana, Ferrero Rocher and Kellogg's, and TV movies ('For One More Day').
Before Uncharted Territory, Marc was CEO for visual effects company Dreamscape Imagery, whose credits include 'Independence Day', 'Muppets From Space', 'Flubber', 'The Drew Carey Show' and many TV movies and series.
As the VFX Project Manager for 'Independence Day', Weigert created 'Digital Assistant for Visual Effects', a project management software program to manage, schedule and track the shooting and post production of thousands of VFX elements. His software has subsequently been sold to several major studios, including 20th century fox, the Walt Disney company and Sony Pictures.
Weigert has lectured at European Digital Arts Media seminars at High Tech Centre Babelsberg, and conducted the European Film Academy Visual Effects Master Class 'Action with Effects' for producers and directors. He has also taught visual effects classes at The Art Institute of Los Angeles, was a speaker at the iHollywood Forum in Los Angeles and lectured at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences.

Grant Lovering
Creative Director Resin

Grant is a Creative Director and co-founder at Resin, a visual effects and animation studio for the film, television and advertising industries in Adelaide. Since starting the studio in 2004, his work has included design direction, VFX supervision, colour and compositing. The studio has produced commercials for Disney XD, Electronic Arts, Mitsubishi and Bridgestone among many others, plus promotions and television titles. Their team has also provided visual effects, design and colour grading services to feature films including 'Red Dog', 'Where the Wild Things Are', 'Rogue' and 'Forbidden Lies'. Grant studied at the University of South Australia, earning a Bachelor of Design (Hon) degree.

Mark Simpson

Mark is co-creative director and founder of Sixty40. He is a director of any combination of live action, 3d, 2d and stop motion and seamlessly integrates them all visually and technically and meaningfully.

He studied psychology at university but has learnt most of what he knows on the job. After starting to design interactive media in 1993, he quickly rose through the ranks of the new media world until, to his great relief, it all came down in 2000. Forming Sixty40 led to his passion for motion graphics and animation. This is where he finds the payoff for all those years making buttons do their thing. Now, he is all about working out how to tell a story better, work better, look better, feel stronger, and be funnier if need be. He finds the constantly changing world of motion graphics and animation to be exactly the type of world he likes.

Simon Allen
Animator at Pixar Animation Studios

Simon Allen joined Pixar Animation Studios in March 2006 as an animator for the Academy Award-winning feature, Ratatouille, working specifically on the rats and chefs cooking in the kitchen. He then went on to animate characters in Disney•Pixar's Academy AwardÒ-winning features WALL•E and Up. Most recently, Allen worked as an animator on the upcoming feature Toy Story 3, scheduled for release June 24, 2010.

In the animation industry for over 17 years, Allen has worked on 14 feature films. Prior to coming to Pixar, Allen worked at Animal Logic as an animator on Happy Feet. He began his career as an animator working at WETA on Peter Jackson's feature film, The Frighteners in 1995. Allen has also worked as an animation supervisor on The Matrix: Revolutions and Constantine, and at LucasArts as an animator for three different games.

Born in Australia, Allen grew up in New Zealand. After finishing high school, he returned to Australia and attended Film School at Perth TAFE. He has taught animation both at Perth TAFE and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Simon Stanley-Clamp
VFX Supervisor - Cinesite

Clash of the Titans (visual effects supervisor: Cinesite)
Moon (visual effects supervisor: Cinesite)
Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (digital artist: Cinesite)
Fred Claus (visual effects supervisor: Cinesite)
Miss Potter (visual effects supervisor: Cinesite)
X-Men: The Last Stand (visual effects supervisor: Cinesite)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (visual effects supervisor: Cinesite)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) (visual effects supervisor: Cinesite)
King Arthur (senior compositor: Cinesite)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (visual effects supervisor: Cinesite)
Veronica Guerin (visual effects shoot supervisor: Mill Film)
The Life of David Gale (digital supervisor) (uncredited)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (digital supervisor: Mill Film)

Adriene Hurst
Editor, Digital Media World

Sean Young
Publisher, Digital Media World
AEAF Festival Director

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