Production Technology Lead, Rhythm and Hues Studios
Speaking at Animex Talk
Over the last 13 years Hans Rijpkema has worked on over 50 feature ﬁlms like f.e. Mousehunt, Babe: Pig in the City, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Cats and Dogs, Elf, Scooby Doo, Garﬁeld, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Night at the Museum, Evan Almighty, The Golden Compass, Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Incredible Hulk and Land of the Lost.
Hans was born and raised in the province of Zeeland in the Netherlands. He received a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Twente. After finishing his studies he worked at SCAN (National Institute for Computer Animation) in Groningen for five years as head of R&D (working mainly on train simulators for the Dutch and European railways) and as a teacher of computer graphics and animation for a master’s degree course.
In 1996 he came to Rhythm and Hues in Los Angeles (USA) to start up the character rigging department. While writing new tools into Rhythm and Hues proprietary software for rigging purposes he moved into the software department where he became responsible for a wide variety of topics related to character development, like character rigging and skinning, fur grooming and animation, model creation and deformation.
Currently he is a Production Technology Lead, overseeing the development of a shared vision for production related software, pipeline and information system technologies at Rhythm and Hues.