Imageworks exec Sande Scoredos dies

Leading visual effects expert was 63 years old

Sande Scoredos, a leading visual effects expert and the executive director of technical training and artist development for Sony Pictures Imageworks, died Aug. 14 of natural causes in Santa Monica. She was 63.

Scoredos came to Imageworks in 1996 to set up the training department, having held a similar post at Rhythm & Hues.

Under her guidance, the Imageworks training program offered more than 50 courses, including life drawing, sculpting, acting and special lectures as well as specialized tasked-oriented classes for production including animation, effects, color and lighting, compositing and various production management methods.

Supporting a range of more than 20 complex disciplines and pipelines for visual effects and animation, the training allows new hires and seasoned veterans the opportunity to experience the newest tools and methods used in real productions.

Imageworks' academic outreach program, IPAX, was created in 2004 under the leadership of Scoredos, with the intent to educate faculty and help structure curricula at leading academic institutions in an effort to develop future industry talent.

Scoredos also taught computer graphics for production at the university level, including a yearly course at MIT.

Earlier in her career, as manager of training for Wavefront Technologies (one of the founders of high-end animation and visualization software), Scoredos designed its worldwide training program and curriculum, instructing professionals in the use of 3D computer graphics and animation for broadcast, engineering, gaming and scientific visualization.

A native of Colorado Springs, Scoredos served on various industry and academic advisory boards and was active in the SIGGRAPH organization.

Survivors include her husband, John, and her sister, Perri MacHugh Silver of Secretary, Md.
A memorial service is planned for 4 p.m. Saturday at the Conejo Mountain Funeral Home and Memorial Park in Camarillo, Calif. A tribute at Imageworks will be announced.

The family requests donations be made to the Angeles Clinic Foundation in Santa Monica.
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