The Tech ConnectsA series of lectures and panel discussions.
|The Star Wars Model Shop|
Sunday, December 15, 2:00 p.m.
Lorne Peterson in conversation with Angie Coiro
Lorne Peterson is a visual effects artist who worked as a modeler for Industrial Light & Magic on the six Star Wars films. In addition, he is the author of the 2006 book Sculpting a Galaxy: Inside the Star Wars Model Shop. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Art from Cal State, Long Beach and has worked on many of Lucas's films, as well as several of Steven Spielberg's. In 1984, Lorne received an Academy Award for Visual Effects for his work on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
|Droids and Tales from the Set|
Sunday, January 19, 2:00 p.m.
Don Bies in conversation with Angie Corio
Don Bies joined Lucasfilm in 1987 as their official R2-D2 operator and Archivist. In 1997, he began work on The Phantom Menace as a model maker, co-creating the new See-Threepio puppet. He supervised the construction of an improved R2-D2 and worked as one of four operators used throughout filming. Don was the supervisor and lead operator of the Droid Unit for Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, and supervised the construction of numerous models for the prequels at ILM. For the Special Editions, he appeared onscreen as various characters, including Boba Fett.
|The Star Wars Women|
Sunday, February 16, 2:00 p.m.
Kim Smith and Carol Bauman in conversation with Angie Coiro
After Kim Smith received her BFA in Experimental Studies from Syracuse University, she moved to Los Angeles where she worked at Sotheby's art auction house. Her next job was making models for the L.A. entertainment industry. Kim then moved to Northern California and worked in the model shop at ILM for 16 years, working on movies such as the Special Edition of Star Wars: New Hope, and Episodes One and Two of the Star Wars prequels. In 2003 she transitioned to the ILM digital effects department where her first movie was Star Wars Episode Three: Revenge of the Sith.
A graduate of New York University's TSOA Animation Department, Carol Bauman has worked as a model maker on over forty feature films and commercials including Arachnophobia, Men in Black, Starship Troopers, Galaxy Quest and Episodes I, II and III of the Star Wars Saga. She was the Bunny "Fluffer" for many of the Energizer commercials and co-supervised the design and creation of the model of "The Disneyland of Walt's Imagination" at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco's Presidio. She is currently a supervisor and designer for Kernerworks in San Rafael, prototyping and producing medical simulators for trauma training.
Sunday, March 16, 2:00 p.m.
Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti in conversation with Angie Coiro
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Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti is the author of ten books and a prominent thought leader on the impact of technology on society, work and careers. She is a visiting scholar at Stanford University's Media X program and a former Silicon Valley executive who has held leadership positions at Apple, HP, Cisco Systems, and the Apollo Group. Dr. Wilen-Daugenti frequently contributes to The Huffington Post, the Examiner, Christian Science Monitor, and other national and international media outlets. She has appeared on CNN and in The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and Wired magazine. Dr. Wilen-Daugenti was named San Francisco Woman of the Year in 2002, and was honored by the San Francisco Business Times as a 2012 Most Influential Woman in Bay Area Business.