Science Pub Portland: Special Effects

JUN 2, 2020 | 7-9PM

Visual Effects and the Complexities of the Entertainment Industry

With Jeffrey A. Okun, VES, Visual Effects Supervisor and Co-Editor of the VES Handbook of Visual Effects: Best Practices and Procedures

June 2, 2020 | Doors Open @ 6PM | Theory will be open from 5-7PM


$5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door. Tickets will be available online or at the OMSI front desk until 2pm the day of the event; see below for details.


Everyone thinks it’s all glitz and glam in Hollywood but what is it really like working on a set to make a movie or TV show? There are many hurdles that are constantly placed between you and your goal, some that you might not even be able to perceive. Do you have the know-how to navigate these issues and come up with creative solutions? And can you trust your perception of the situation or does your brain sometimes deceive you about the truth of the situation?


Hear some real-world experiences from Jeffrey A. Okun, VES, who has been in the industry for the past 44 years. With a view towards the entertainment industry and our day-to-day lives, he will explore our version of reality and its effects on the politics of work, our personal success, and the state of the industry.  He will look at how it all works together and give you a glimpse into the secret of visual effects in entertainment and possibly the future of our world.



JEFFREY A. OKUN, VES, ran the worldwide Visual Effects Society organization as Chair for 7 years and first Vice-Chair for 9 years. Okun created the Visual Effects Society Awards show that recognizes and honors VFX artists from around the globe. The Awards have been running for 18 years and has grown in importance and recognition each year. Additionally, Okun created and co-edits the award winning VES HANDBOOK OF VFX: Best practices and techniques book.  Releasing the 3rd edition in July 2020.


Jeff has also delivered wide-ranging effects in award winning films and shows such as ALPHA, BLOOD DIAMOND, The LAST SAMURAI, STARGATE, COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS, SPHERE, RED PLANET, DEEP BLUE SEA, LOLITA, THE DREW CAREY SHOW, BIRDS OF PREY (TV Series) and THE LAST STARFIGHTER.


Okun chaired of the Visual Effects Society for 7 years, taking the organization global. In addition to creating a global community he has focused attention on bringing business and creative education to artists, facilities and studios. Jeff was a driving force to bring together studios, facilities and artists to explore new business models, pipelines and technologies. Under Okun’s leadership the VES was a key player in the creation of a worldwide software anti-pirating alliance with the US Government to insure that all facilities have a fair and level playing field. The Visual Effects Society is the entertainment industry's only organization representing the full breadth of visual effects practitioners including artists, technologists, model makers, educators, studio leaders, supervisors, PR/marketing specialists and producers in all areas of entertainment from film, television and commercials to music videos and games. 

OMSI Science Pub at the Empirical Theater is a ticketed event. To guarantee a seat at this event, please buy tickets online or at the OMSI front desk. Advanced tickets will be available for purchase until 2:00pm the day of the event. Please show your ticket at the theater entrance upon arrival.


If the event sells out, we will update the website and Facebook listings accordingly. If the event does not sell out in advance, attendance will be first-come, first-served at the door and at-the-door admission will remain a suggested donation.

Science Pub OMSI is a monthly event that is open to anyone and everyone – no scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge!


OMSI's restaurant, Theory will be open from 5-7pm. Enjoy wood-fired pizza, salad, ice cream plus draft beer and cider. The Empirical Cafe will also be open from 5-7:30pm with snacks, sandwiches, and bottled beer, wine and cider.


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