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Hans Rijpkema

Rhythm & Hues Studios

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Hans Rijpkema Hans graduated from the University of Twente with a master’s degree in computer science. He went on to work at the National Institute for Computer Animation in the Netherlands as head of R&D, and as a teacher of computer graphics and animation for a master’s degree programme. In 1996 he came to Rhythm and Hues to start up the character rigging department.

He transitioned into the software department where he is now responsible for a wide variety of topics related to character development. Over the last 15 years Hans has worked on over 40 feature films including Mousehunt, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Cats and Dogs, Elf, Scooby Doo, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Night at the Museum, The Golden Compass, The Incredible Hulk, The A-Team, Hop, and Life of Pi.

Talk: Taming Tigers and Ocean Waves – The visual effects of Life of Pi

If one begins by filming a young actor in a choppy water tank in the middle of a Taiwanese airport, then how can one end up with a movie about an Indian boy and a fierce Bengal tiger stuck together on a life boat in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean? In this talk, Hans Rijpkema explains that process: from creating the digital creatures (most notably the tiger named Richard Parker ) to the digital ocean environments that are characters in their own right. Other topics include the challenges of stereo movie making, international collaboration and cloud computing.

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