|Peter Conn, President / Creative Director
Bio / Resume
|Peter Conn brings a vast range of experience to virtually any media project, combining creative and production knowledge of 3d computer animation, film & video live action, software development, print and graphics, and web site creation. From production manager to marketing strategist, as the founder and President of a visual effects company for 20 years, and more recently as an innovator of interface design for the Internet, he has produced, directed and been in the trenches on the leading edge of visual effects and emerging technologies as well as the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding direction and production.
1/05 present - Phi Power Communications, Inc. - Partner/Creative Director
Key strategist and implementor of advanced techniques for this online market research company, using interactive technology to create dynamic, engaging surveys that clients need to cull valuable intelligence from targeted samples.
1/04 present - Where's Mary? - Partner - Making Data Access a Snap!
Co-creator and partner in Where's Mary?, a company dedicated to the potential of using Flash MX technology to access databased content via intuitive state-of-the-art navigation.
11/00 present - Miles Consulting - Independent Web Development / Media Design
Using Flash and other animation techniques to design and build experiential web sites that are at once both fun and functional. Initial projects included a teenage community portal, a photographers showcase, a lighting directors personal site and a web site for a feature film. Also creating packaging designs, graphics, 3d animations and other digital imaging.
8/98 10/00 - S Company - VP/Head of Production
Playing a significant role in this boutique incubator company, he oversaw the deployment and maintenance of numerous web sites including filmbazaar.com, vidacool.com and dvd.com, managed teams of artists while interfacing with ongoing software development. Implemented new versions of the S Company site-management/community-building software. Supervised the design and marketing efforts for several branding clients most notably express.com for which more than 300 print ads and other marketing materials were produced. Managed the $200K marketing campaign for filmbazaar.com at the Cannes 2000 Film Festival, on both web and other media.
10/97- 5/98 Disney Feature Animation - Digital Production Manager "Atlantis"
Organized the digital team that was to produce effects and animation for the animated feature film to be released in 2001. Worked with managers of all departments, the CGI Lead and the producers to set up a team and production pipeline for a streamlined process. Responsibilities included interviewing candidates, setting goals and specifying software and hardware requirements.
4/97-7/97 Globo TV Rio de Janeiro , Brazil Director of Computer Animation
Originally contracted to go down for one week as a consultant, ended up spending nearly 3 months as an animation director doing pre-visualization for a 3D animated feature film in a department with more than 20 computer animators and TDs. Also conceived and produced the initial tests for a new on-air look for Globo TV, the largest Brazilian television network.
3/77 12/96 Homer & Associates - Founder, President, and Producer/Director
Built a fledging multimedia effects shop into a computer animation company of international renown for its leading edge visualizations and high end computer character animation.
Establishing a studio on the old Columbia lot then renamed Sunset Gower Studios, the company was launched with a propriety realtime visual mixing system named Homer [Hybrid Optical Montage Electronically Reproduced]. This one-of-a-kind system evolved into a programmable optical printer and computer paint system forming the basis for numerous films and videos including a film for Levi Strauss, feature film sequences, television openings and eventually music videos.
The music videos propelled the company into the music industry and established him as a sought after director winning many top awards throughout the eighties. Videos for Steve Miller ["Abracadabra"], George Clinton ["Atomic Dog"], Stevie Wonder ["A Dozen Roses"], and Tom Waits ["In the Neighborhood"] were among the many produced usually with new and previously unseen visual effects.
By the late eighties, he transitioned the company toward 3d computer animation and established international recognition for Homer & Associates. With a half dozen inclusions over the next ten years into the Siggraph Electronic Theater which is recognized as the pinnacle of computer animation excellence as well as receiving many international computer animation awards, the company of animators under his supervision produced hundreds of commercials, television openings and other computer generated sequences. Feature film credits included Robocop, The Lawnmower Man, Total Recall, and Congo.
Other highlights included the pioneering of motion capture technology including work for Peter Gabriels Grammy winning "Steam", Vince Neils " Sister of Pain" which is he also directed, and TLC "Waterfalls" which garnered him a Special Effects nomination at the 1995 MTV Music Awards. Also in 1995, he produced a synthetic host character for an interactive television series and directed a highly acclaimed longform film for Princess Cruises with computer animated characters in virtual environments.
Prior to 1977
o Graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Communications
o Spent a year at the Cinematheque Francaise in Paris as part of a film study grant
o Won a Westinghouse Fellowship for an independent film that was theatrically distributed