Explore how technology is transforming the future of stories and filmmaking.

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Note: This workshop will be held in a live, online format utilizing the Zoom platform.
Class meets on Tuesday, Jun 13 from 7-9:30pm ET.

With rapid advancements in technology, filmmakers have access to an unprecedented array of tools that can help them create captivating, immersive experiences for audiences. We will explore ways in which technology is being used to enhance storytelling, such as creating breathtaking visual effects, digital characters and realistic virtual environments.

We’ll take a look at how AI can be leveraged to streamline the production process, from generating script ideas and concept art to automating certain aspects of post-production. We will also discuss the potential ethical concerns around the use of AI in creative industries, including issues around ownership and representation.


Finally, we will conclude by examining the implications of these developments for the future of storytelling and filmmaking, including the potential for new forms of creative expression, the democratization of filmmaking, and the emergence of new business models for the entertainment industry. Through this presentation, audiences will gain a deeper understanding of the possibilities that lie ahead at the intersection of technology and storytelling.

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Instructor: Ben West

Ben West is an acclaimed Director and Visual Effects Supervisor working at the Academy Award-winning LA.-based studio Framestore (Top Gun: Maverick, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3, Blade Runner 2049). Ben's diverse creative background spans film, television, graphic novels, architecture, and immersive projects. He has worked with clients such as Disney, Marvel, Universal, Netflix, and Apple. His work has been featured internationally at Cannes, Venice Biennale, and ComicCon. Initially trained as an Architect, he transitioned into the entertainment industry as a Visual Effects Supervisor for Episodic Television, utilizing his creative and technical skills. He expanded his expertise by earning a Masters in Directing. In addition to commercial directing at Radical Media, he has an impressive portfolio of award-winning short films, including his notable work, FUGU & TAKO, which received accolades for its innovative animation techniques using a hybrid performance of live action and VFX. Ben's recent projects include Disney and Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: BREAKOUT!' and Comcast's Universal Sphere, which was a collaboration with Steven Spielberg and nominated for a Visual Effects Society award. He has lectured at UCLA and SciArc for Fiction and Entertainment and has been a TEDx speaker.