Vfx Wiz Rostami to Speak at Art Institute, Calif.

As part of its 2004 Animation Lecture Series, The Art Institute of California, Los Angeles will host computer animation and visual effects veteran Greg Rostami on Thursday, Dec. 2. The discussion will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Big Room, located at 2900 31st Street in Santa Monica, Calif. Admission is free and open to the public.

Rostami honed his skills by building miniature X-Wing and Tie Fighters, and designing early computer graphics on such primitive systems as the Radio Shack TRS80, the Apple II, and the Amiga. He created flying logos and other types of animation through his company, Infinate Image. This line of work led him to be an early adapter of Hash’s Animation Journeyman, a spline-based 3D modeling package. He soon caught the attention of Hash, who promptly hired him to demonstrate the software. This also led to work at DreamQuest and other visual effects studios, working on such movies as Batman Forever, Mortal Kombat and Outbreak. Rostami’s talent and skills have also taken him to Disney and EDS Digital Studios. He is now extensively involved with Hash Inc., where he is involved in sales and promotion for its Animation Master software.  

Rostami’s film credits include: Space Shuttle America, Species, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, Heat, Forget Paris, French Kiss, Before and After and Deep Blue Sea. Among his television credits are Unsolved Mysteries, Married with Children, WB promotions and Law and Order.