- Apr 15 2014
The Computer Animation Studios of Ontario will be hosting their Annual General Meeting at the Ontario Investment & Trade Centre (OITC) during lunch, and would like to invite you, to join us, in officially welcoming our members for 2014-2015 to the Board.
Here are the list of Nominees for this year’s Board of Directors.
Location: Ontario Investment Trade Centre, 250 Yonge Street, 35th Floor
Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm
Introducing The 2014 Board Nominees!
Below are your nominations for this year`s CASO Board Members.
President /Executive Producer
Neishaw has been involved in the Film and Television Industry since 1988 in the cutting edge of evolution in Visual Effects and Animation. As a founding partner in SPIN, she has helped to shape and mold the Company in the art of Creative Science where there is a harmonious blend of both the Artistic Sensibilities and Business Strategy.
SPIN has been creating VFX, Animation, Matte Painting and Motion design for the feature film, television series, commericial and broastcast markets with facilities in Toronto, Vancouver, Atlanta and Los Angeles. They bring over 20 years of visual effects and animation experience to your Production in the areas of Onset Supervision through to Digital Matte Painting, 2D/3D Animation and Title Design. As your VFX Production partner, we are committed to creative excellence and sensitive to your budgetary constraints.
Surface2air Media Inc.
Brian attended High School in Don Mills and Brampton and btained his BBA (Hon) from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1983 and read laws at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
After first year law, Brian returned to Ontario and undertook his Masters in Business Administration at the University of Toronto. He then worked a few years for Air Canada, before completing his law degree. He was called in 1996 and was a regular Barrister before all levels of court in Ontario.
In 2006, Brian joined Keyframe as Vice-President (Finance and Legal Affairs) where he immersed himself in the general area of Entertainment law, intellectual property rights, negotiation agreements for Production Services, Distribution, Broadcast, Interactive Media, Music rights, Writer’s Guild, Actors Guild, co-production agreements, and importantly, Tax credit issues.
In March, 2012, Brian, along with Colin Chilvers and Matt Rockman, started Surface2Air Media to produce indie CAVCO films. Brian continues to practice law in matters in the areas of litigation, criminal and entertainment laws.
Bob has been the Visual Effects Supervisor on projects such as Cube, Caveman’s Valentine, Finding Forrester, Splice, The Tudors, Dolphin Tale and The Borgias, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects. He was Second Unit Director on Splice, The Tudors and Nothing, Co-producer of The Tudors and Executive Producer of Academy Award winning director Chris Landreth’s short film The Spine.
In the late 1990’s, Bob developed a process that enables animators to match lighting from real world film sets to synthetic lights in a computer generated environment. The process was awarded both U.S. and Canadian patents.
In addition to effects supervision, directing and producing, Bob is a long-standing member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Film Centre and an Adjunct Professor at Sheridan College. He is a member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT), The Director’s Guild of Canada (DGC) and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS).
Bob is a Professor in Digital Film at the DeTao Masters Academy in Shanghai, China. In 2013 he was appointed to the board of the Computer Animation Studios of Ontario as government liason. Bob is also a board member of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Vice President/ Development + Acquisitions
Mary Bredin is Vice President of Guru Studio – she joined the Studio as head of development in 2007 and is Co-Executive Producer on Guru’s first original production – JUSTIN TIME. She is a qualified lawyer and is also on the Board of WIFT. She worked in London, UK for 10 years with 8 years spent as Director of Acquisitions + Programming at Disney and worked in Paris at an animation studio for 4 years prior to her work in London. She has a passion for animation and the quality in Ontario inspires her every day.
Senior Technical Director
Corus Entertainment Inc
Darin Bristow is a 17-year veteran of the animation industry and has lent his variety of skills to over 20 animated TV series in both the 2D and 3D realms. His creative passion lead him to start his career as a designer on such notable series as Eek the Cat, Ace Ventura and Sam & Max. Bristow then took his design skills into the 3D side of animation to work as a modeler on Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Friends, The Santa Claus Brothers, and the multiple Emmy Award®-winning Rolie Polie Olie. Bristow's next move further expanded his range as he became a technical director on Rescue Heroes, Nickelodeon's Emmy®-winning Backyardigans and eventually became the technical supervisor for Disney's popular Handy Manny. In 2006, Bristow helped in the retooling of Nelvana's 2D digital pipeline as technical supervisor on Ruby Gloom.
2010 - 2011 President CASO
House of Cool Studios
Wes worked in commercial lending and personal finance at TD Canada Trust, the Bank of Montreal and CIBC Wood Gundy. Wes then moved to VFC Inc as Area Finance Manager he helped grow the company to become Canada’s largest sub-prime lending institution, completing an IPO on the TSX and eventually being acquired by TD Canada Trust.
In 2004, Wes left VFC to found House of Cool with long time friend and business partner, Ricardo Curtis. Since then, Wes has acted as the studio’s Director of Operations and has been the producer on all House of Cool productions. In these roles, Wes has led negotiations with major studios such as Disney, Universal, Fox and Blue Sky Studios. Wes also played an integral role in structuring the acquisition of high-end computer generated animation studio, Red Rover, in 2008.
Director of Sales, North America
Mr. Rich has spent his career as an entrepreneur and business development executive in the media industry. He co-founded FILM&VIDEO Magazine, a leading industry trade publication focused on the use of technology in the creative process. After the sale of FILM&VIDEO Magazine, Mr. Rich went on to launch Media.net, a cloud-based service provider of network-based collaborative applications and storage services and later Creative Media Partners, a leading systems integration company for media industry technology in Southern California. Mr. Rich is now the Director of Sales, North America for Sohonet, the leader in global network and cloud services for the media/entertainment industry. Mr. Rich has a degree in marketing and finance from the University of Colorado.
Marketing Manager | Business Development
Rocket Science VFX
As marketing manager for Rocket Science VFX, Catherine is responsible for communicating the proven track record of the studio for excellence in visual effects conceptual design, supervision, production and commitment to providing the best possible experience for its clients. She has been a part of the studio’s busy roster of projects ranging from Hannibal (NBC) SI & SII, Copper SII (BBC America), Hemlock Grove (Netflix), Revolution (NBC) to numerous worldwide features including Dolphin Tale I & II (Alcon/Warner Brothers), The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Sony), The Right Kind of Wrong (Serendipity Pictures), The Devil’s Knot (Worldview Ent./Weinstein Co.) and Pompeii (Sony). She was thrilled for the company president and studio’s recent 2013 TV VFX BAFTA win for Titanic (ITV).
Prior to entering the visual effects industry, Catherine honed her skills in project management and translating business requirements to conceptual design and implementation, as a Business Analyst-Registered Plans at Franklin Templeton Investments Corporation (FTIC). In her previous role she provided recommendations to all levels of the organization and represented the company to the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC). Catherine has a B.A. degree from York University, and successfully completed the Ontario Securities Commission course (CSC).
- Mar 25 2014
Reserve Your Spot Today!
- Dec 20 2013
The Department of Foreign Affairs and CASO would like to thank everyone for attending the presentation on December 16th, 2013 with Jean Higgins, Producer on Lost. The presentation was well attended and very informative. The Stephen Gallery & Camera Bar provided the perfect intimate setting for the stimulating discussion on Production Management. It was truly a rewarding experience to hear and be present amongst one of the industry`s best Producers. The atmosphere of the evening and the small gathering of guest was the perfect setting for introductions, B2B and socializing with industry professionals.
Jean Higgins was an engaging speaker that captivated the audience with her knowledge, experience, background and professionalism in the industry. Her presentation on LOST from Production to Post was a great insight to the development of the show. It was enlightening to hear her view on how the show started, the development of certain scenes and the various techniques and tools used.
CASO hopes to continue providing stimulating discussions from award winning producers in the upcoming term. It is our mandate to promote the interests of our members and grow the computer animation & visual effects industry in Ontario with the support of government and private sector partners.
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- Dec 20 2013
First Visionary lunch on ``Animation Today`` with industry heads Darren Cranford, Frank Falcone, Kallan Kagan and Juan Lopez was held on November 27th, 2013. The Panel discussion was moderated by Ben McEvoy and was one of the first of it`s kind held by the Computer Animation Studios of Ontario sponsored by the OMDC. The engaging 1 ½ hours presentation touched on topics including where we are today, current challenges and future opportunities and was attended by professionals from the industry, colleges, govenment officials and students in the field gave all present to interact, as questions and take part in the discussions. It was not only and informative session, but one that posed many questions and left many to continue to a next forum coming soon.............
- Dec 11 2013
Soup to Nuts
A unique insight to the challenges and rewards of Production Management.
Camera Lounge Bar - 1028 Queen St W
Monday December 16th
Presentation 4:00 PM
Reception 5:00 - 6:00 PM
- Nov 14 2013
CASO presents ``Animation Today`` a panel discussion with Executive Heads from Keyframe, Guru, Arc and Pipeline Studios on November 27th, 2013. Purchase your ticket today!