Confidence and Presentation Skills Workshop for CG Artists

Confidence and Presentation Skills Workshop for CG Artists


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Confidence and Presentation Skills Workshop for CG Artists


Applications Open:


  • You are a visual artist (Modelling, Surfacing, Fx, Cfx, Lighting/Compositing, etc…)
  • You would like to improve your communication and presentation skills
  • You feel like you lack confidence when it is time to present your work
  • You want to learn how to enter and manage challenging conversations


  • The first two sessions will focus on:
    • What you want out of this workshop (tailoring the workshop to your personal goals)
    • Teaching a class highlighting what it takes to present with confidence and what to watch out for.
  • The other sessions will consist of having you present your work to me, from work in progress to complete. You can choose to have different projects throughout the different session of the workshop or keep improving the same project or a combination of both
    • I will act as your department supervisor, Vfx supervisor or even the director (depending on the situation) in order to simulate production situation. We will discuss the art but we will mostly focus on the presentation side of things.


  • An artistic class, however, I will give feedback on your work so you may find some discussion beneficial to your craft

Qualification Criteria

Entry Level (1-2 yrs of experience)
Early Career (3-5 yrs of experience)
Mid Level (6-10 yrs of experience),
Upper Level (10+ yrs of experience) 

Day / Time

Times Per Month:  Weekly 
Day / Time:  Friday at 6:00 pm
Timezone: GMT

* You must meet the qualification criteria AND be able to attend the posted day/time of the circle (please note the timezone posted)


Are you a CG artist who needs to regularly present shots and work to supervisors, directors, or VFX supes and feel less than perfectly confident doing so? Are you looking to hone or refine your presentation skills? Do you wonder if you might get better shots and new opportunities if you could present your work with more confidence? Then this circle might be for you!

A great presentation can make a difference in how your work is perceived. Presenting well might even result in fewer notes and revisions. So let’s dive in and help you build your skills to show off your work! 

In this circle, you will learn the essentials of effectively presenting your work and building confidence in your presentations. By the end of the term, you will:

  • Understand how best to engage with Directors and VFX Supervisors to ensure your work is understood and appreciated
  • Build confidence to not only show your work but also tell the story behind it – you’ll learn how to hold on to your opinions, share them clearly, and make room for feedback
  • See live presentations to better understand presentation best practices
  • Present your own work and receive feedback (mentees should have work they are prepared to present to the circle – these can be finished pieces or works in progress)
  • Meet guest speakers to gain further insights
  • Find the balance between being emotionally attached to your work and understanding that this is a collaborative field where other opinions can help improve your work
  • Learn how to manage production needs and schedules while maintaining your big vision for your work or shots
  • Develop resilience to handle mistakes and setbacks
  • Discover and hone your unique voice in the room – this circle will help you try, make mistakes, and continuously improve how you present yourself

Join us to gain the skills and confidence you need to present your work effectively and make a lasting impact in your career as a CG artist.

ADDITIONAL Application Requirements

Please submit the following as part of your Application Profile:
*(AFTER you click to apply, you must go into your member profile and complete the member-specific portion; these requirements should be submitted through that profile):  


Circle Leader

Philippe Denis

Philippe Denis is the Creative Director of DNEG Animation. He oversees the creative output of the division’s teams globally while also developing the long-term strategy for the creative direction of the division. While at DNEG Animation, Philippe previously worked as VFX Supervisor on the division’s first full-length feature, Ron’s Gone Wrong, and served as VFX Supervisor on the animated musical comedy, Under The Boardwalk, for Paramount Pictures.

Prior to joining DNEG Animation in 2017, Philippe spent nearly two decades of his 25+ year career at DreamWorks Animation in California. While there, he served as a CG Supervisor on projects such as Madagascar, Over the Hedge, and Shrek the Third. He also served as VFX Supervisor for beloved animated movies such as Megamind, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, and Trolls.

Philippe is also a member of the Academy Feature Animation branch.


Current Title: Creative Director

Studio / Employer:  Dneg Animation


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