VFX for Indie Production

        Moderator: Laura Arguilla Williams, Adobe   |  Ryan Curtis   |  Chris Orchard  |   Adam Stern   

Learn the tricks of the trade for creating stunning visual effects on a limited budget with industry experts. Bring your VFX related questions and get advice for your projects during the Q&A portion of the panel.


Moderator: Laura Arguilla Williams, Adobe

Laura Williams Argilla is Director of Product Management, Professional Video & Audio for Creative Cloud at Adobe. In this role, Laura is responsible for creating connected experiences for Adobe customers, helping them make the most of their digital workflows. As a passionate storyteller, social media addict and follower of all things video, Laura is committed to helping creator tell their stories, reach their audiences and achieve their creative goals.  Prior to Adobe, Laura taught video editing and was the technical director at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She has been involved in various organizations that support film, art and women in technology. Laura earned her undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Washington in digital media and new media storytelling.


Ryan Curtis

Coming for many years as a Freelance VFX Supervisor on such projects as Man in the High Castle (Amazon), The Exorcist (FOX), Lucifer (WB/FOX) and Supernatural (WB/CW) Ryan comes bringing with him  tip and tricks for shooting your VFX efficiently and on budget.


Chris Orchard

Chris “Boots” Orchard has been immersed in the film industry since 2002.His skills in visual presentation have resulted in multiple Leo Award nominations for Visual Effects and his films receiving critical acclaim at both National and International Film Festivals. Among the more known festivals, his films have been screened at Cannes, TiFF, Busan, Vancouver, Fantas porto, Whistler and the burgeoning Oaxaca film festival in Latin America to name a few. Starting his Arts career at the Victoria College of Art, Chris considers his real education to have come from working as a commercial airbrush artist and filmmaker. His expertise and experience are focused on Post Production Standard, VR 360 and 3D Visual Effects, including: Green Screen; Rotoscoping; Motion Graphics; 3D/CG Animation; 2.5D Planer Compositing; Match-Moving/Camera Motion Tracking; Rig-Removal; Stabilization; and, colourisation/timing


Adam Stern

Adam has worked in film and television for over twenty years. He founded Artifex Studios in

1997 with the intent of setting up a creative space where a group of artists could produce

quality work. While remaining a small studio, Artifex now houses close to forty artists and staff, and has created visual effects for over sixty feature film and television projects. Artifex has won or been nominated for numerous visual effects awards, including an Emmy nomination for its work on FOX’s Almost Human.

Adam has since turned his attention to his own projects as a writer/director. The Adept, his first film as writer/director, screened at festivals around the world including Raindance, Sci-Fi London, The Seattle Short Film Festival, FilmQuest, First Glance Philadelphia and the Miami International Sci-Fi Festival. The film has received several awards and nominations, including nominations for Best Sci-Fi Short at FilmQuest and Honourable Mention at the Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival.

Recently, Adam completed his second short film. FTL is the recipient of multiple awards

including Best Drama at the Toronto Shorts International Film Festival, Best Sci-Fi Film at the 2017 Roswell Sci-Fi Film festival, Best Sci-Fi Film at the 2017 Sci-On! Film Festival, and Best Sci-Fi Film at the 2017 Top Shorts Online Film Festival. Additionally FTL was nominated for Best International Short Film at the 5th Annual Philip K Dick Science Fiction Film Festival, Best Sci-Fi Short at FIlmQuest, and Best Sci-Fi Short at the Sydney Indie Film Festival. FTL has also been nominated for a number of additional awards for VFX, editing, and performances.

Adam is a member of the Television Academy, the Visual Effects Society and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.