The Third Floor
Dane Smith has more than 18 years of experience as a producer and innovator in visual effects and digital entertainment production. Across his career, Smith has managed the delivery of over 100 studio and independent projects ranging from live-action and animated features, to television series and emerging media platforms, including the motion pictures: Deadpool, Warcraft, Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Last Jedi, Aquaman, Captain Marvel among others. As an OTT Production manager, he has produced work for top episodic shows such as Game of Thrones, The Man in the High Castle and Star Trek. Smith was visual effects producer on the acclaimed stop-motion animated feature Anomalisa, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature Film, as well as Golden Globe and Annie Award nominations, in 2016. Smith has also contributed to the evolution of 3D stereoscopic production and conversion with projects like Deepsea Challenge for James Cameron, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and 2 and Titanic. In 2015, he expanded his interests to virtual reality, producing VR-presented episodes of Stan Lee and Kapow Entertainment’s Cosmic Crusaders VR, and winning a 2017 Telly award in the process. His development of business platforms for VR and AR have included work with Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, The UFC, and many major brands.
In his spare time, he educates and inspires the next generation by teaching at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects and through speaking engagements. As an educator, Smith curated a series of lectures and courses in the exploration of Immersive Media. As a faculty member at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects for over a decade, his curriculum includes instruction on Virtual Reality Production, The History of Visual Effects and Stereoscopic Filmmaking. A Los Angeles Board Member of the VES, Dane is busy editing the 3rd edition of the VES Handbook.
Recent speaking engagements include the 2019 Wondercon, the Producers Guild Panel on Animation, this past Januarys CES and the Hong Kong Filmmart. Upcoming Events include NAB Shanghai and Comicon 2019, DellVR and numerous Virtual/Augmented reality conferences on immersive technology, digital production, and animation