Michael Koperwas Mixed Reality Supervisor, ILMxLab – San Francisco, USA
With an extensive 16-year background at ILM, Michael Koperwas has most recently been a creative and technical lead for ILMxLAB. With a heavy focus on championing harmonious process and sharing between the two groups, he also provides creative direction and supervision for numerous internal projects and demos. Michael led the initial prototyping group when xLAB was first formed in June 2016, working on concepts for WarCraft (Skies over Azeroth), Jakku Spy, the Jakku Sundance xDECK demo, and led the teams for xLAB's Magic Leap initial investigations and collaboration. In his many years at ILM, Michael has been involved in many aspects of visual effects, but focused his efforts towards producing more engaging performances from a digital character. With a passion for anatomical sculpture and an appreciation for the subtleties of acting, he supervised the creation of digital characters on such notable movies as TMNT, The Avengers, Rango, War of the Worlds, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones. He has also written and directed a short film entitled: Alone.