Academy Award-Winning Producer of Titanic & Avatar
Thanks to Academy Award-winning producer and avant-garde effects artist Jon Landau, we can be certain of a few things in the future. One, “unobtainium” will probably be pretty hard to get a hold of. Two, avatars in the future will have to offer consumers more than just blue – and three, if the technology needed for Jon to tell a story doesn’t exist, it soon will. With an innate ability to inspire others to push the creative boundaries of storytelling, and the imagination to invent any new tools that will achieve this success, Jon Landau teaches audiences that if you feel limited because you feel your ideas are “ahead of their time” – get a new watch. You are the architect of your own reality – this is the epiphany and expertise Jon Landau can bring to your organization today. Read More >
A Chat With Jon Landau
Production and Creativity Go Hand in Hand
Storyline: The Heart of Every Movie
The Future of 3D
In this presentation, audiences will get a rare peek into the story and circumstances that necessitated the discovery and development of some of the most state-of-the-art visual effects achieved today which were needed to realize the creative vision of Avatar – a project that required techniques and technologies which did not yet exist. Even rarer still, is how these next-level tools came to be. In typical genius, visionary style, Jon took a page from the Steve Jobs playbook and first decided what he needed to tell the story…and then he just went ahead and created it. Landau did not ask himself what was possible – he asked himself what’s next. This is question which answers the needs of today’s newer, fresher innovators in business development. Read More >
True innovation is not hampered by availability – just dream-ability, and Jon Landau’s ability to dream, and then execute, is unquestioned. For example, when James Cameron decided he needed to visualize the invisible world he was filming, Jon concocted a camera specifically for Avatar that actually showed the virtual world of Pandora on the camera’s monitor, while Cameron filmed the actors on an empty sound stage! He even went a step further by placing a motion capture camera right onto the face of the actors to record and render the finest details and nuances of the actor’s facial expressions and performance. This new technology turned motion capture into emotion capture, finally allowing directors to give justice to the emotional depth of some of the greatest stories, yet to be told. This informative and intuitive presentation gives audiences a taste of their first “aha moment” in innovation when they realize that they are their own director, and always have been. Read Less ^
Jon Landau believes that any industry today wishing to be successful must be creative, innovative and unafraid to dream. He parallels the evolution of the film industry, specifically around innovation, ideas and technology, with what people in the audience are facing in their own practices. For example, after dreaming up a new filming technique, he introduced his idea to Cameron who ended up shooting scenes just as Jon saw them in his dream from the previous night. James not only added Jon’s revolutionary technique to his bag of tricks, but also praised Jon’s courage to come forward with his dreamt-up device, even stating that Landau’s exceptional success as a producer is largely due to his ability to listen to his dreams and take them to heart. As a result, not only has Jon, along with his collaborators, been able to create a new kind of movie experience, but have also spun off new technologies, companies, and products. Read More >
Jon also describes how utilizing the subconscious mind gives him a distinct advantage over other professionals – giving him an additional, more imaginative resource to draw from while in the midst of ever-evolving technologies and media. He then shares his tactics to influence people to believe in your idea and produce it. Jon shares the biggest risks he took and how he and his colleagues truly changed the way movies are brought to life – divulging his proven process of building, leading, influencing and getting buy-in. Jon ends with advice on how to embrace the challenges you face every day to stay motivated and keep dreaming. He reveals to his audience that to successfully advance their industry or creative agenda, they must first form a symbiotic relationship between their dreams and innovation, if either one is to become meaningful. Jon believes that it is only when innovation is applied to a dream that the dream can become a reality. As Landau puts it, “A dream without courage is an illusion – a dream with courage is innovation.” Read Less ^
"I’m still speechless. Rave reviews are rolling in, you’ve struck a chord in everyone here at FAR and I can’t thank you enough for what you did today. In just a few short minutes, you managed to help us reimagine what we do every day, and I think you’ve challenged us all to dream bigger. Thanks is such a short word to convey a much bigger feeling right now and it feels incredibly inadequate, but it’s all I can think to say. It’s not often that one gets a chance to really see inside the mind of a true visionary and be inspired by them in a very personal way. A lot of us came away from today with a reinforced feeling that we are a part of something so much bigger than ourselves and that anything is possible."
"A huge thank you for recommending Jon Landau to us. It was an amazing presentation! Everyone loved him, the halls are still buzzing. He did a great job of nailing the business message, but doing it in a very casual and humorous way through storytelling. It couldn’t have gone any better!"
"Jon was with our group tonight and he couldn’t have done better! He was an absolute delight, told fantastic stories, nailed the relationship between our industries, and was as gracious as can be. The group was so appreciative of this surprise! Many thanks for the help in getting him to us."
"Jon was incredible; his speech was inspiring for all who came! In all the years that I have worked for TCC, Jon was a highlight of my career. I hope he has an opportunity to come back!"
"Jon was fantastic. Personable, extremely generous with his time, articulate, organized with a presentation that was very well thought-out, and handled questions like a pro. He speaks extremely well off the cuff and is a wonderful multi-tasker. People did not want to leave the reception."
"Simply put, he brought the house down. My mailbox is full of e-mail this morning from faculty and students raving about his amazing presentation. Everyone has commented on his positive and inspiring message presented in a lively manner. He is a great communicator. He was cooperative and willing to help with all that we asked. He went the extra mile and then a mile after that. Your job is harder than ever now. How do we top this for our next lecture?"
"Jon’s presentation was awesome! He is so passionate. He gave some great insight into the technical aspect of film, but also encapsulated the fun element so the presentation was great for any type of audience. Jon was so great to work with – very friendly, real, and humble."
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