The success of science-fiction blockbuster movies, like iRobot, Gladiator and Ironman, often depend on their ability to transport its audience to an alternate universe. This is where the magic of visual effects plays a critical role. The effects often depict what is too expensive, too dangerous and/or too impossible to achieve by any other means, and through methods such as 3-D computer graphics, computer 2-D compositing, green-screen photography and miniatures, these visuals are created to tell a story and show the spectacle for feature films. Join two-time Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor John Nelson, as he shows how he and his team created some of the 1,190 visual effects shots for Blade Runner 2049. Using before-and-afters, he’ll detail the visual effects production process from design to principal photography to post-production.
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Backhanded compliments can take many forms like “your work is surprisingly good” or “I can’t believe you were actually on time.” Statements like these make us pause and question how they were meant. Regardless of intent, they can hurt and stick with us. These small, often unintentional, exchanges are a form of discrimination called microagressions, and research has shown these small injustices can add up and result in poorer mental health, lower self-esteem and overall negative outcomes. That said, because of their implicit nature, we ALL are capable of microaggressing others at some point, whether we realize it or not. Join social work researcher and University of Michigan faculty member Dr. Shanna K. Kattari to talk about what microagressions are, how they are connected to unconscious bias, what to do when we mess up and perpetuate microagressions, and how to better engage microagressions in the workplace.