This event features panelists Alberto Martinez Arce, Katherine Sanchez, and Andrea Zavala of Industrial Light & Magic in conversation about their collective experiences working in the visual effects and animation industry at one of the leading effects companies in the world! The conversation is moderated by Sarah Williams, a science journalist and Unscripted host.
about the speakers
Alberto Martinez Arce
Originally from Mexico City, he got a degree in Graphic Design, where he learned the basics of animation. Then he went on to work in a video game studio and an animated movie in Guadalajara, Mexico, while he continued to learn at the online school: Animation Mentor before joining Industrial Light & Magic in 2013.
As a Sr. Animator, he closely works with the Movie Director and the Animation Supervisor to create believable performances using computer-generated characters. Making the digital humans, creatures, vehicles, and robots move and interact with each other or real-life actors on the screen.
She previously worked at Lucasfilm Animation as a Technical Assistant on the Emmy nominated show Star Wars Resistance, and on some of the earlier episodes of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, which premiers May 4th, 2021, where she provided support for their 3D story department as well as helped write and support tools needed for their pipeline.
She graduated in 2017 from Cogswell Polytechnical College with a B.S. in Digital Arts Engineering and specialized in Rigging, VFX, and Tools Programming.
Andrea Zavala is a Public Relations Coordinator at Industrial Light & Magic. In her role, she supports internal and external communications for ILM as well as PR-related initiatives for Skywalker Sound. Additionally, she coordinates all aspects and ensures the success of internal and external events including, but not limited to, Lucasfilm’s Annual Sidewalk Chalk Art competition, the Filmmaker Speaker Series program, and award-related screenings, often partnering with publicity, Lucasfilm Development or ILM Marketing to execute.
She also plays an integral role in Lucasfilm and ILM’s diversity and inclusion initiatives as a Project Lead for the San Francisco studio’s Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee, PR Partner to Circuit, an employee resource group for women and gender non-conforming individuals in STEAM, and member of ACCESS:VFX, a global, non-profit focused on pursing and encouraging diversity and opportunity in visual effects.
Andrea’s career in media began at CBS2/KCAL9 News Los Angeles as an intern in the Community Relations/Public Affairs department. Prior to joining The Walt Disney Company, Andrea was an Associate Account Executive at B/HI, an entertainment public relations agency in West Los Angeles, leading various campaigns for DC Entertainment, Universal Consumer Products, Fandango, and CBS Home Entertainment, among others. Andrea grew up in Southern California and graduated from California State University, Fullerton’s College of Communications where she studied Film and Public Relations.