Sony Pictures Imageworks training director dies

Scoredos mentored thousands of animation and vfx students

Longtime Sony Pictures Imageworks exec Sande Scoredos died Aug. 14 in Santa Monica following a brief illness. She was 63.

Scoredos was the executive director of technical training and artist development for Sony Pictures Imageworks since 1996.

She combined artistic sensibility with a passion for technology, computer graphics and education. Thousands of artists throughout the world of animation and visual effects benefitted from her training and mentorship.

Her film credits include “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” “Beowulf,” all three “Spider-Man” pics and “Stuart Little” among many others. She also worked on the vidgame “Full Spectrum Warrior,” which was released in 2004.

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

Scoredos structured training and artist development at Imageworks to enable animators and effects artists to perfect the latest commercial and proprietary animation and rendering tools and to explore visual storytelling. She set up the training program upon her arrival at Imageworks and previously held a similar post at Rhythm and Hues.

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

Under her leadership Imageworks academic outreach program, IPAX, was created in 2004 to educate faculty and help structure curricula at leading academic institutions in an effort to develop future talent who will contribute to the overall growth of the visual effects and animation industry.

She taught computer graphics for production at the studio and university level and as a UCLA graduate, she works with local educational programs program and also taught a yearly production course at MIT. Scoredos served on various industry and academic advisory boards and was an active ACM Siggraph committee member, chaired the Siggraph 2001 Computer Animation Festival and was the curator chair for the Siggraphn 2008 Computer Animation Festival.

Survivors include her husband, John, and a sister.

A memorial service is planned for 4 p.m. Saturday at the Conejo Mountain Memorial Park (2052 Howard Road, Camarillo, CA 93012; 805-491-2350). A tribute to Scoredos at Sony Pictures Imageworks will be announced.

Donations may be made to the Angeles Clinic Foundation, 2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 560W, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

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