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Luke Hawker as “Mother” during fire alert in I AM MOTHER. Photo by Ian Routledge © Mother Holdings Proprietary Ltd.


In Conversation with Director Grant Sputore and VFX artist Dave McDonnell

Learn how previz revolutionised the production processes for I AM MOTHER

Screenwest is excited to present a special event with visual effects artist Dave McDonnell from Last Pixel and director Grant Sputore from The Penguin Empire, as they discuss how they used virtual production for Pre-viz on the feature film I AM MOTHER (Netflix 2019).

WA industry creatives are invited to learn about McDonnell’s process with the team at Last Pixel, and their development of a virtual reality and storyboarding location scouting tool, which integrated and fast tracked their pre-production. This tool enabled them to create real VFX and ensured accurate and quick workflow processes.

Grant Sputore and Dave McDonnell will demonstrate how pre-visualisation was used in I AM MOTHER, including the use of virtual stand-ins, CAD accurate virtual sets as well as real location data to enable director Sputore to plan the creative and technical challenges of the film.

This special event is not to be missed! Register early to avoid disappointment.


Event Details

Date: Thursday, 21 November 2019
Time: 5:30pm
Where: State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis St, Perth WA 6000
Registration: Secure your sport by registering on the In Conversation Eventbrite page.

The event will be recorded so that regional practitioners can access the session at a later date.


More information

For more information about this event, please contact:

Eva Di Blasio, Talent Development Manager

T: + 61 8 6169 2107


About Grant Sputore – Director

Grant’s work has been recognised at almost every major advertising award show around the world, including the D&AD, Cannes Lions, Clios, Spikes, NY Festivals, London International and AWARD.

Born and raised in Perth, Western Australia, Grant studied at Curtin University before founding The Penguin Empire immediately after his graduation.

His work is defined by strong, cinematic visuals, authentic performances and seamless visual effects.

Grant’s feature script – I AM MOTHER – was included on the prestigious “Black List” of Hollywood’s most sought-after screenplays, before becoming his feature direct debut, starring two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank alongside newcomer Clara Rugaard and the voice of Rose Byrne.  The film premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Grant is represented by Scoundrel for directing work on the east coast of Australia, and by WME for long-form drama projects.


About Dave McDonnell – Visual Effects Artist

David McDonnell is a creative director, visual effects artist and visual effects supervisor with over 20 years’ experience across animation, video games, documentaries, film and TV. David is one of the owner-director of Perth based animation and visual effects studio Last Pixel where he heads up the visual effects and TV commercial department.

In recent years he has been working in the realm of Virtual Production, developing a VR previz and storyboarding toolset that was used on the feature film I AM MOTHER, as well as supervising 260 VFX shots for the film.


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T: +61 8 6169 2100

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