Laurent M. Abecassis
Laurent M. Abecassis is an Emmy® Award-winning visual effects supervisor and CG character specialist. He is known for his work as a VFX sequence supervisor on the acclaimed TV series Lost, contributing to its breathtaking plane crash sequences. Having worked in the computer graphic field for more than 15 years, Abecassis has tackled many aspects of CG production and software development. He led CG character research efforts at Di-O-Matic, supervised visual effects, and designed production pipelines. For more than a decade, Abecassis has pushed Autodesk software to the extreme in countless productions in a wide range of media—games, television, visual effects, CG feature films, commercials, and innovative interactive kiosks. For the past ten years, Abecassis has shared his expertise by providing customized training to companies such as Kodak and Ubisoft as well as the universities around the globe. Abecassis has been designing and actively developing CG character animations plug-ins for 3ds Max, Maya and Softimage since 2000. His technologies are in use today at leading production houses such as Activision, Blur Studio, Sega, and Rockstar. Well-known CG characters Mickey Mouse, Sonic the Hedgehog, Spider-man, Batman, Superman, Crash Bandicoot, and Spongebob Squarepants rely on Autodesk tools as well as technologies designed by Abecassis to entertain audiences worldwide.