Vincent Serritella


After years of formal art education, Vincent’s paintings have been exhibited in museums, galleries, and cultural centers in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Baltimore. This art background has influenced Vincent’s understanding of light, color and space that is used in his visual effects work.

Self trained in high-end 3d animation techniques, Vincent was first a senior effects technical director at New York’s fast paced commercial house RhinoFx where he created award winning work for clients such as “Vice Grip”, “3M” and “AT&T”.

Vincent joined Sony Pictures Imageworks in 2003 on Disney’s “The Haunted Mansion”, then was quickly requested to create visual effects for Academy Award winning “Spiderman 2”. Since then, Vincent has lead the visual effects for blockbusters such as “Ghost Rider”, “Hancock”, and “Beowulf” where he received a 2008 VES Award nomination. Currently, Vincent is developing effects for the upcoming animated feature “Hotel Transylvania”.

His other credits include: The Polar Express, Cursed, The Watchmen, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and Alice and Wonderland.




Manny will be here to talk about his work on Dreamwork’s upcoming film, “How To Train Your Dragon”, in theaters March 2010. After the presentation, Manny will be available to those that would like to have their demo reel or portfolio reviewed. He will also provide information on the Evolve CG Conference and Job Fair taking place in Fort Lauderdale May 15-16 2010.

Manny Fragelus of DreamWorks Feature Animation 

Emmanuel “Manny” Fragelus has worked with the most widely recognized animation studios in hte U.S. throughout his career such as Sony, Disney, Technicolor, Paramount, Gnomon, and NcSoft. Now employd as a senior 3D artist with DreamWorks Feature Animation, he’s been involved with many high-profile projects including Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar 2, Shrek, and How to Raise Your Dragon (2010). His career film credits include World of Tomorrow, Species 2, Flushed Away, Over the Hedge, Kung Fu Panda, and How to Raise Your Dragon. He’s also a featured artist on video game titles such as Spyro the Dragon, Medal of Honor, and Pirates of the Caribbean. In addition Manny works as a Producer for The Gnomon Workshop where his is currently releasing an extensive “Behind the Scenes” Educational DVD series.

Evlolve3d Computer Graphics Conference in Fort Lauderdale, FloridaManny is currently the executive producer/creator of the Evolved CG animation conference/job fair in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Evolve CG conference is designed to help the student tranition from an academic environment to the rigors of securing a job as a professional artist. This conference brings a new exciting opportunity to learn insider tips of how to break into the business by learning from acclaimed experts in the industry.


The Emily Project

The Emily Project

Hosted by School of Communication & Multimedia Studies, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts& Letters
Oleg Alexander
Lead Technical Artist Image Metrics
Oleg Alexander’s background is in the Fine Arts and Filmmaking. He received his MFA in Computer Arts from Florida Atlantic University. He is the co-author of The Art of Rigging series of books. He is currently the Lead Technical Artist at Image Metrics, where he’s worked on dozens of game and film projects for clients like The Mill and Digital Domain. In 2008, Oleg directed and rigged The Emily Project, a high-end facial animation demo from Image Metrics. Emily generated over 500,000 hits on YouTube in the first week of its release and is considered a major leap forward for realistic facial animation.

Behind The Scenes : Surviving as a Digital Artist in Hollywood.

A no-holds-barred, in-depth look into the current visual effects/digital
animation industry in Hollywood.

Caleb Owens explains how to get a job and what to expect from leading
companies. He introduces you


to the culture of the industry and reviews the current state of the
profession. His insight shows you


how to survive in Hollywood today.
Topics covered:


  • Brief history and evolution of the professions, disciplines, and trends.
  • The Hollywood digital effects culture.
  • Film, Game, Commercial production comparisons.
  • How to get a job.
  • What to expect when you do get a job.
  • Hierarchy of post-production
  • A visual effects shot personnel breakdown.


Speaker Bio:

For over 17 years, Caleb Owens produced
stunning imagery in nearly all aspects of the digital animation industry
including feature films, commercials, games, and 3D stereoscopic media. Some of
his film credits include, “GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra”, Quentin Tarantino’s
“Inglorious Bastards”, “The Life Aquatic”, “iRobot”, “Peter Pan”. In 1999-2000
Caleb led a team at Digital Domain (DD) to create one of the first digital
clones for film. This digital face replacement of James Brown intrigued the film
industry in LA and set the groundwork for DD’s later achievements on the
Oscar-Winning VFX film, “Benjamin Buttons”. On the commercial side of production
Owens has worked on hundreds of commercials including the Michael Mann directed
“Monsters of Nascar”, and David Fincher’s “Constant Change” for HP.

Regarding game development, he landed the job as CG Supervisor for
the new U.S. division of the Japanese video game powerhouse, Square LA in 1995.
During his stay at Square, Caleb delivered several projects including “Parasite
Eve”. In 2005 he returned to the game world as a Technical Art Director for
Electronic Arts with their hit game title, “James Bond 007, From Russia with
Love”. Caleb Owens is an LA based freelance Visual Effects Supervisor / Digital
Artist. He is currently working on several film projects. In his spare time he
builds vintage motorcycles and enjoys making music.

Computer Animation Festival Screening

The Fort Lauderdale ACM SIGGRAPH Professional Chapter
in partnership with the
South Florida IGDA Chapter

SIGGRAPH 2008 – Computer Animation Festival Screening

hosted by Cinema Paradiso.

Showtime: September 23, 2008 at 7pm
Location: Cinema Paradiso
503 SE 6th St
Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 525-3456

“Experience the full spectrum of animation and visual effects.”

The SIGGRAPH 2008 Computer Animation Festival presents artists and
experts in talks on all aspects of production, from animation to visual effects,
from shorts to full-length features, from television to movies, from art to
science, from learning the history of animation to learning the craft. This is
your opportunity to totally immerse yourself in the full spectrum of animation
and visual effects.
If you’d like to know more about this meeting, or learn how to join our ACM
SIGGRAPH Chapter contact Sean Novak at snovak(at)
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Shadows in Darkness – Darkside Game Studios

President of Local Video Game Company to Speak at IGDA and ACM Siggraph Meeting in Fort Lauderdale


Fort Lauderdale, FL—GameRecruiter, the leader in recruitment services for
the interactive entertainment industry, today announced that the South Florida
Chapter of the Independent Game Developers Association (IGDA) and the Fort
Lauderdale ACM Siggraph Chapter are holding a joint meeting and game industry
presentation on June 18, 2008.


Located at the Keiser University campus, the IGDA-Siggraph meeting will
feature Hugh Falk, President of both the game art studio, Shadows in Darkness, and the game
development company, Darkside Game Studios. Both video game development studios
are based in South Florida. Falk’s featured presentation topic is entitled
“Managing a Game Project.” Falk will share his knowledge about managing game
projects and the game development process.


The IGDA-SIGGRAPH meeting will begin at 7 pm and will be located at Keiser
University, 1500 NW 49th Street in Fort Lauderdale (95 exit Commercial Blvd go
West. Meeting held on the 5th floor Auditorium). Following Falk’s presentation,
the meeting will continue at Champps Sports Bar for a social hour at 8:30 pm,
located at 6401 N. Andrews Avenue, in Fort Lauderdale. Both events are free to
attend and open to the public.


Prior to his roles as President and Executive Producer at these two Florida
studios, Falk was Development Director on Madden NFL 2001 for Electronic Arts.
There he directed the PS2’s most successful US launch title and followed with
NCAA Football 2002. He then accepted the role of VP of Development for 2015,
Inc., creators of Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. Next he advanced to the role
of Studio Head for Midway San Diego and later Executive Producer at Nival
Interactive (known for Heroes of Might and Magic). Hugh was responsible for
teams over 60 people and hundreds of external resources.


Marc Mencher, CEO of GameRecruiter and head of the South Florida chapter of
IGDA, states “As part of our role as a member of the Florida games community, we
continue to bring exposure to our local chapters of the Independent Games
Developers Association and ACM SIGGRAPH. GameRecruiter is proud to support such
worthwhile organizations, and to encourage local game developers to attend Hugh
Falk’s presentation.” President of Local Video Game Company to Speak at IGDA


About the International Game Developers Association (IGDA)
the international game developers
association is the largest non-profit membership organization serving
individuals that create video games. the igda is committed to advancing the
careers and enhancing the lives of game developers by connecting members with
their peers, promoting professional development, and advocating on issues that
affect the developer community.


The Association for
Computing Machinery (ACM) is the world’s first and largest computing society.
ACM serves as an umbrella organization for information-technology professionals.
ACM SIGGRAPH is a Special Interest Group focused on graphics and interactive
development. SIGGRAPH has grown from a handful of computer graphics enthusiasts
to a diverse group of researchers, artists, developers, filmmakers, scientists,
and other professionals who share an interest in computer graphics and
interactive techniques.


About Keiser University
University is a regionally accredited, private, career university offering
master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees. Keiser University offers an
Associate of Science in Video Game Design degree which provides students the
skills needed to obtain a job as a Video Game Designer. Students are immersed in
creative and conceptual areas such as character development, 3-D modeling and
animation, game documentation, game balance, interactive story telling and
interface development. To learn more about Keiser University’s Game Design
program contact: Elizabeth Houlihan, Director of Student Services at


About GameRecruiter
The number one
recruiting firm in interactive entertainment, GameRecruiter offers unparalleled
experience and professionalism for both candidates looking for a job opportunity
and employers seeking the industry’s leading talent. With a 2-decades-long
history of recruitment specializing in unique and unadvertised opportunities
focused exclusively in games, GameRecruiter has earned an international
reputation for recruiting the technical, production, and executive staff who
build game industry companies and make game history.


If you’d like to know more about this meeting, or learn how to join the IGDA
chapter, please contact Doug Leeman at doug(at) or (866)
358-4263, extension 121or for ACM SIGGRAPH contact Sean Novak at

LEFT onto W COMMERCIAL BLVD/ FL-870 W/ NW 50TH ST. (0.7 mi) Turn LEFT onto NW
15TH AVE. End at 1500 NW 49th St Ft Lauderdale, FL 33309-3700

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