Joan Collins

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  • Joan Collins & Associates, Kreativ Studios US LLC, West Coast Pictures LLC


  • Los Angeles, California, United States of America


  • Joan Collins has been a continuously active member of ACM SIGGRAPH since 1980. She Co-Chaired the SIGGRAPH 1995 Electronic Theater and the Computer Animation Festival. She was Chair of the SIGGRAPH 1987 Film and Video Show in Anaheim, and was the AV Chair for SIGGRAPH 1989 in Boston. Joan has served on the LA Chapter’s executive board since 1981, and chaired the group for eight years, and is currently the Chair Emeritus.

    Joan has been an Artist/Producer working with site-specific projection for 30 years. She has also produced computer graphics for 20 movies, 55 TV commercials, 33 concert tours, and moderated 120 events. She created her first Feature CG sequence in 1984 for an OmniMax film called The Magic Egg.

    Joan has archived computer graphics content from 40 years for the Los Angeles SIGGRAPH Chapter from meetings held since 1978. They include photos, newsletters, bios of past Chairs, rosters of previous Executive Committees, historical timelines, summaries of monthly meetings, photographs and video recordings of monthly presentations, and more.

    Joan was the Founder of the Board of Directors, ON THE THRESHOLD, INC., 1985; A Corporation set up to encourage an interdisciplinary mix of electro media. The ON THE THRESHOLD workshop integrated 17 acts of dancers with real-time digital manipulation of CG, and lasers on multi-screens with giant video and film projectors. It was with the help and support of Ron Hays, EZTV, and LA ACM SIGGRAPH’s participation, that historically made this one night, become the turning point for Hollywood’s multi-media events.

    In 1983 she produced the two largest graphics displays in the world. In Atlanta, lasers project three, 52-minute, separately animated sequences, at a width of 1000-feet across the side of the mountain; all synched to music. 20,000 people watch every evening. At Disney World EPCOT Center; four, 30-foot water-screens on barges in the EPCOT lagoon had laser animation scanned on them, while a 60-foot, fiber-optic sphere animated in the center. Joan Produced this LASER PHONIC FANASY for Lasermedia, with Adam Bezark.

    EDUCATION: UCLA, 1980-1983. She was in the first group through the CG Department, and was a T.A. for John Whitney, Sr. She helped on the first Visual Music Alliance awards in 1981 and started LA ACM SIGGRAPH. Joan received her BA in Communications and Fine Art from Washington State University, WSU in1980; and was the Recipient of Art Scholarship, in 1976. RELATED PUBLICATIONS

    SIGGRAPH 2022

    Joan Collins is a producer and visual effects supervisor, with 40 years of experience in visual effects. She has worked on 26 feature films, managing massive teams and budgets, and ensuring, in her own words, that the movies were getting done. Joan has catalyzed introduction of Computer Graphics technology to the areas it previously did not belong, such as visualization for automotive and airplane designs. Joan was the first woman to received the prestigious Tesla award at the recent Satellite Awards for visionary achievement in filmmaking technology.

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