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andy van straten

Andy Van Straten

Andy van Staten is a dedicated Senior Creature Technical Director who seeks to revolutionize the world of creature creation. Having fulfilled his ambitions to produce leading creature work for blockbuster films (Jurassic World, Dawn of the Planet of Apes, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Andy is eager to explore the greater depths of animation and VFX with Ziva.

My special area of interest is in computer generated facial expressions. Stories are told through compelling characters and the subtleties in facial performance carry a great deal of significance in terms of how those narratives unfold. Ziva's anatomical simulation approach to solving facial performance can produce rich expressions at scale, something difficult to achieve with other methods.   

Because what we're doing is so faithful to real world physics, I think by borrowing methodology from machine learning we can get to a point where believable creatures can move and communicate of their own volition, all in real time. It's an exciting time to be in this space, and Ziva Dynamics really is at the bleeding edge.