Co-Founder, Monsters Aliens Robots Zombies
With more than 20 years of experience, Lon Molnar has contributed a vast amount of visual effects to film and television as an artist, VFX supervisor, and former CEO of the award winning VFX company Intelligent Creatures.
Inspired by the magic of Toy Story, Lon attended the Vancouver Film School with the single goal of opening up his own VFX studio. As he built his resume, he became dissatisfied with working on VFX for TV, and set his sights on feature films. He became a VFX generalist, working in animation, lighting, compositing and modelling, while using a vast array of software. After serving as the CG supervisor on the groundbreaking films Chicago and The Cell, he fulfilled his earlier dream and opened up Intelligent Creatures in 2002.
Working with talented creators like Mark Forster, Darren Aronofsky, Alejandro González Iñárritu, David Tattersall, Oliver Stone and others, Lon quickly built the Toronto-based VFX house into an award-winning studio. Intelligent Creatures lent its creativity to dozens of projects such as Mr and Mrs Smith, The Witch, Curiosity: Battlefield Cell and Babel. They built robust pipelines to tackle critically-acclaimed projects, such as the Watchmen's famous Rorschach mask of moving inkblots, or the clones in Orphan Black.
Fifteen years after the formation of Intelligent Creatures, Lon recognized that unlike when he had started in the industry, TV was no longer the "lesser" medium for VFX. When he spoke to Jonathan Bronfman, the two found themselves sharing symbiotic ideas. They saw a gap that others didn't. In 2018, the two co-presidents founded Monsters Aliens Robots Zombies with the goal of delivering feature-film quality VFX exclusively to TV series. Over the past year, MARZ has worked many shows including HBO's Watchmen, Amazon Prime's The Boys, as well as Netflix's The Umbrella Academy and Living With Yourself.
1:00PM - 2:00PM
VFX Character Animation
The merging of animation and live action has been around since the start of movies, but we are seeing animation used in feature films and TV series more prominently and seamlessly than ever before. In this discussion, Marc-Andre Baron (Detective Pikachu) Cesar Dacol Jr (Happy Feet 2), Jeff Robinson, and Lon Molnar (HBO's Watchmen) will talk about the use of animation in live action, and how to achieve seamless interaction between animated characters and their live action counterparts.