Overview

The role of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Academy Software Foundation (ASWF) is to facilitate communication and collaboration among the Technical Projects. The TAC will be responsible for:

  •  Coordinating collaboration among Technical Projects, including development of an overall technical vision for the community;
  •  Making recommendations to the Budget Committee of resource priorities for Technical Projects;
  •  Electing annually a chairperson to preside over meetings, set the agenda for meetings, ensure meeting minutes are taken and who will also serve on the Governing Board as the TAC’s representative (the “TAC Representative”); and
  •  Such other matters related to the technical role of the TAC as may be communicated to the TAC by the Governing Board.

TAC Members

All members of the broad ASWF community are welcome to participate in TAC activities, such as meetings or online discussion. For voting matters such as project inclusion or graduation, TAC members are composed of:

  • One representative appointed by each Premier Member;
  • One representative appointed by the technical oversight body (e.g., a technical steering committee) of each TAC Project; and
  • Up to three experts from the broader motion picture industry (who serve for one-year terms)

Current TAC Members are:

Representative Appointed By Role Organization
Bill Roberts Premier Member Representative Voting Rep Adobe Inc.
Brian Cipriano Premier Member Representative Voting Rep Google LLC
Cory Omand Premier Member Representative Voting Rep The Walt Disney Studios
Eric Enderton Premier Member Representative Voting Rep NVIDIA Corporation
Eric Reinecke Premier Member Representative Voting Rep Netflix, Inc.
Erik Niemeyer Premier Member Representative Voting Rep Intel Corporation
Gordon Bradley Premier Member Representative Voting Rep Autodesk
Greg Denton Premier Member Representative Voting Rep Microsoft Corporation
Jean-Michel Dignard Premier Member Representative Voting Rep Epic Games, Inc
Kimball Thurston Premier Member Representative Chairperson - Voting Rep Weta Digital Limited
Larry Gritz Premier Member Representative Voting Rep Sony Pictures Imageworks
Matthew Low Premier Member Representative Voting Rep DreamWorks Animation
Michael B Johnson Premier Member Representative Voting Rep Apple Inc.
Milind Damle Premier Member Representative Voting Rep Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
Ross Dickson Premier Member Representative Voting Rep Amazon Web Services, Inc.
Scott Dyer Premier Member Representative Voting Rep Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Carol Payne OpenColorIO Representative Voting Rep Netflix, Inc.
Cary Phillips OpenEXR Representative Voting Rep Industrial Light & Magic
Chris Kulla Open Shading Language (OSL) Representative Voting Rep Epic Games, Inc
Jonathan Stone MaterialX Representative Voting Rep Lucasfilm
Ken Museth OpenVDB Representative Voting Rep NVIDIA Corporation
Jean-Francois Panisset Industry Representative Voting Rep Visual Effects Society

Projects and Working Groups

Technical Projects are approved by TAC Members per the project lifecycle guidelines. You can submit your project for inclusion as an Academy Software Foundation Technical Project by completing the Project Contribution Proposal Template and emailing it to tac@lists.awsf.io. Learn more about bringing

Each of the Academy Software Foundation projects are open to participation by anyone subject to the governance each project has adopted. If you are looking for a way to contribute to a project, many ASWF projects maintain a list of “good first issues” ( linked to below ).

Working groups may be formed by the TAC to focus on specific areas of technical interest or need within the ASWF. They report to the TAC which remains responsible for any formal decisions or voting matters.

Below are the project and working groups supported by the TAC, listed by project stage

There are many more VFX related open source projects than what is hosted at ASWF; check out the list and add any we are missing at the ASWF Landscape

ASWF Landscape