Sebastian Sylwan is Head of Research and Development at Weta Digital, Wellington, New Zealand.
In this role, he is helping bring structure and continued impetus to Weta Digital's long tradition of Innovation in VFX.
Before joining Weta, Sebastian served as Autodesk's Senior Film Industry Manager. In this role he helped set the strategy for Autodesk's products in the global film market, including the first steps into stereoscopic 3D.
Previously, Sylwan was Director of Technology at Digital Domain, an Academy Award-winning VFX facility. He successfully renewed Digital Domain's technology infrastructure while maintaining the legacy value of over 13 years and helped it venture into new areas like the development of the facility's first stereoscopic rendition of a CG animated film.
Sylwan has also served as Principal Technology Advisor at USC's Institute for Creative Technologies where he led the Light Stage 6 project. While living in Italy where he grew up, Sylwan designed, built and acted as the CTO of Lumiq Studios, the country's largest production, post-production and 3D character animation studio. Sylwan also serves in numerous advisory boards and industry committees.