Get ready to whip your demo reel into shape! On Thursday, March 7th, join us for an evening of portfolio-polishing tips and tricks from senior artists and recruiters from DreamWorks, The Mill, Infinity Ward, and Industrial Light & Magic as they divulge what they’re looking for in new recruits.

Audience members will discover what can help take a reel from good to great as presenters walk through portfolio and reel examples that span the spectrum from meh to magnificent. Speakers will also be diving into the nitty gritty of other parts of the recruitment process, such as need-to-know interview skills and how to shape your resume or reel to fit the position you’re applying for. The night will cap off with a moderated discussion highlighting the differences in reel requirements for jobs in feature animation, television and commercials, film, games, and more, followed by a Q&A session open to all attendees.

This event will not be livestreamed and seating is limited, so be sure to RSVP and arrive in good time to secure a place in line. Attendee check-in will open at approximately 6:30 PM, with doors opening closer to 7:00 PM. A valid Eventbrite RSVP will be required to get an event wristband.

Gnomon School of VFX's full-time programs and 10-week individual courses are designed to develop well-rounded artists that are skilled in the diverse disciplines within 3D production. For those outside of the US, virtual classroom-style online courses are also available.


Guest Speakers

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Jen CoronadoSenior Manager, Global Art Department | Industrial Light & Magic

Jennifer joined Industrial Light & Magic in 2000 as a coordinator before shifting into supporting the President of ILM. Since that time Jennifer has held several key positions within ILM including the roles of Talent Manager and Marketing and Development Manager. Jennifer is currently the Sr. Manager for ILM’s San Francisco’s Digital Model Shop and Award Winning Global Art Department.

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Julie PengSenior Manager, Talent & Production | ILMxLab

Julie Peng started her career 20 years ago on the production team of Nickelodeon’s series Blue’s Clues. She went on to work in various production capacities on animated projects, such as Invader Zim, The Simpsons Movie, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Julie is currently the Senior Manager of Talent & Production at ILMxLAB, Lucasfilm’s immersive entertainment division.

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Ann HoangTalent Manager | The Mill

Ann Hoang is Talent Manager in the Los Angeles studio. Bringing with her a decade of industry experience in the post-production world, Ann manages recruitment of new hires as well as learning and development of existing talent. Ann is known for her enthusiasm and commitment to protecting an unrivaled culture within The Mill studio.

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Suzanne WhelpeySenior Staffing Manager | Infinity Ward

With over twenty years of recruitment experience, Suzanne is a Senior Staffing Manager at Infinity Ward, where she is responsible for filling all open positions with top talent from around the world. She joined Activision in 2005 before focusing solely on Infinity Ward in 2010.

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Grazia ComoTalent Development Program Manager | DreamWorks Animation

As the University Relations Program Manager for DreamWorks, Grazia Como spearheads the company’s Early Career Programs. Prior to her current role, Grazia worked in various aspects of training development, and HR at DreamWorks. She has been at the studio for thirteen years, beginning her career as a Render Assistant on DWA’s first computer animated feature film, Antz.

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Dave BlizardLighting Director | Infinity Ward
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Iveth BuenoLighting and Compositing Artist | DreamWorks Animation

Iveth Bueno is a lighting and compositing artist with over 10 years of experience and has contributed to animated feature projects such as Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos, Zootopia, Trolls, Boss Baby and How to Train your Dragon 3: The Hidden World. Iveth currently works at DreamWorks Animation as a lighting artist for Trolls 2.

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John LeontiCreative Director & Head of 3D, Los Angeles | The Mill

John Leonti is Creative Director and Head of 3D at The Mill in Los Angeles. With a degree in Illustration and Graphic Design, and over 20 years’ experience in post-production, John has an impressive body of award-winning work that includes Titanfall 'Life Is Better with a Titan', AMF 'Caterpillar' and Verizon 'Towers'. He recently led the creative for the highly-acclaimed Doritos ‘Chance the Rapper Vs Backstreet Boys’ Super Bowl commercial.


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