Dan Novy (also known as NovySan) discovered 3D animation and modeling and virtual reality applications as a student at the University of Illinois, where he received a BFA in Theatre, with a concentration in Acting and Directing, and an MA in Theatre History, with a double emphasis in the technical history of the theatre and shamanic ritual performance in pre-agrarian societies. (Ask him about Wet Money in the Restoration theatre, but don’t get him started on the rise of agriculture).
Sixteen years ago, he parlayed his independent studies with Video Toaster and the earliest incarnations of Lightwave into a career in visual effects. Today, he is an Emmy and Visual Effects Society award winning technical supervisor and compositor; chair of the Visual Effects Society’s Technology Committee; and technical blogger for the VES. Driven by curiosity as much as necessity, and spurred on by the frontier atmosphere of the early digital effects industry, he has developed unique experience in the creation and supervision of 3D animation and modeling, 2D compositing and match-moving, fluid simulation, and physical fabrication of practical effects. Eschewing specialization, he possesses additional expertise in system and network administration, clustered storage solutions, database frontend development, project management, and pipeline and workflow management and development.
In addition to his continuing work in visual effects, NovySan has also branched out into the production of transmedia and IMmedia, in an effort to break through the limits of the mediated experience. His goal is to decrease the alienation fostered by traditional, passive media consumption, and increase social interaction through transparent, interconnected and fluid media, to create an enriched, active and inspired immediate experience.
NovySan is currently a PhD student at the MIT Media Lab building computer systems you control with your brain.
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