Jon Karafin

Jon Karafin has dedicated his career to innovation in live action cinema, visual effects post-production, and light field technology, with a proven track record of transforming bleeding-edge concepts into reality. 

At the 2016 NAB Show, Jon Karafin successfully launched Lytro Cinema, ushering in a new era for cinematic capture and post-production. At the 2017 NAB Show, he’s announcing the formation of Light Field Lab, Inc., a breakthrough technology startup located in Silicon Valley, California. The company founders are comprised of light field technology visionaries, PhD scientists, master engineers, and content creation experts, coming together to perfect the light field entertainment experience and provide content creators with unprecedented capabilities in the years to come. The team is currently developing the next-generation light field display experience and the world’s most innovative holographic ecosystem.

At this year’s NAB Show sessions, Jon will articulate the creative implications of volumetric display through a universal light field construct, empowering content creators to explore and display their own free-viewpoint light field experiences. He will demonstrate simulations from dozens of light field creation methodologies, both for live action and computer-generated content, starting with the highest resolution dense arrays and ending with 2D and 3D-converted materials. These explorations will clearly highlight the respective tradeoffs between complexity, image quality, data storage, processing requirements, and light field display considerations.

Jon is responsible for successfully delivering technology and content for several of the all-time highest grossing feature films, including Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, Michael Bay’s Transformers 3, and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Prior to founding Light Field Lab, Jon was the Head of Light Field Video at Lytro, Vice President of Production Technology at RealD, and Director of Production, Technology and Operations at Digital Domain.

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