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The Art of Visual Effects presented by Mohsen Mousavi, Scanline VFX

January 31, 2020


February 20, 2020, 6:30 PM PDT

Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4


Presented by the Langara Centre for Entertainment Arts and Scanline VFX.

Join Scanline’s Emmy award-winning VFX Supervisor Mohsen Mousavi as he takes you through the visual effects from some of his most recent projects including the fiery destruction from the final season of Game of Thrones, the creation of a 75-foot Megalodon shark for The Meg, and simulating the epic destruction of the world for Independence Day: Resurgence.

Game of Thrones

Scanline VFX delivered over 650 shots, 70 minutes of cutting-edge visual effects. Mohsen will share his journey and will breakdown the process that crafted the final season to an entirely new level.

From the spectacular battle of Kings Landing to the destruction of Red Keep, and its aftermath. In this talk, Mohsen Mousavi reveals the VFX created for the climactic conclusion to “Game of Thrones,” and how their work on the long-running series created a new standard of cinematic television that has forever changed the landscape of TV viewing.

About Mohsen Mousavi

Mohsen’s expertise in high-end visual effects, and his reputation for constant innovation in advanced methodology, made him a perfect fit to oversee Scanline VFX for the crucial last three episodes of the final season of Game of Thrones for which he received an Emmy Award and an HPA Award for Best Visual Effects.

Prior to joining Scanline VFX Vancouver, Mohsen rose through the ranks of the Germany’s top visual effects houses, from Lead Effects Technical Director, to CG Supervisor and ultimately VFX Supervisor involved in some high profile projects such as “HUGO” which won the 2011 Academy Award® for visual effects, “The amazing spider-man”, “Sucker punch”, ”2012”, etc. In 2012, Mohsen joined Scanline VFX in their Vancouver studio, acting as digital effects supervisor on 300: Rise of an Empire, for which Scanline handled almost 700 water-based sea battle shots. He then served as VFX Supervisor for the Vancouver studio on San Andreas, helping develop the company’s proprietary city generation software. That software and pipeline were further developed and enhanced for scenes of epic destruction in director Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day: Resurgence.

In 2017 Mohsen served as the lead VFX Supervisor for Scanline on the Warner Bros. shark thriller The MEG followed by the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones.

About Scanline VFX

Scanline VFX is a global visual effects studio with locations in Munich, Stuttgart, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Montreal, Seoul, and London. Founded in 1989 in Munich, Scanline established itself as an industry leader with the development of its proprietary fluid effects software, Flowline. Scanline was the sole developer of Flowline and in 2008, was the recipient of a Scientific and Technical Achievement Academy Award® for the software.

Scanline has recently completed work on Joker, Game of Thrones Season 8, Midway, Terminator: Dark Fate, Spider‐Man: Far From Home, Gemini Man, and Stranger Things Season 3. Current productions slated for release in 2020, and 2021, include Free Guy, Godzilla vs. Kong, Black Widow, Eternals, and The Batman.