ABOUT BRENT ...
Brent is a globally published tech entrepreneur and venture capital presenter, who has lived in both North America and Asia, and named as ‘One of the Top 100 Global People in Tech and Innovation’ by the Intercon Conference sponsored by Facebook and Amazon. He licensed auto rigging software that he authored that completes 80 hours of rigging work in 15 minutes to 250 universities on six continents. His LLC, BZP Pro, was under acquisition review five times with three separate Fortune 500 companies whose deals were brokered by Goldman Sachs alum of Harvard. He was advised to not sell the LLC below 20 million dollars by a business affiliate of one of the founders of Industrial Light & Magic who was a lead on the Imperial Walkers (AT-ATs) on the battle of Hoth in the 1980 release of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. After he raised investment money from banking alum of Harvard and Yale, he had booths at Siggraph and GDC where he got endorsed for his technology by The Siggraph Chair publicly as ‘mind blowing’, and that work was featured on the cover of worldwide magazine, 3D Artist Magazine. This was all achieved while caregiving his two sick elderly parents, with his mom passing away in 2017 of pancreatic cancer; and his dad passing away in 2021 of complications from multiple sclerosis. Brent specializes in designing modular rigging engineering systems to automate characters like Buckbeak in ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’. He did something similar to that previously at Lucasfilm/ LucasArts/ Industrial Light & Magic, where he also frequented The Skywalker Ranch, was The Best Practices Review Committee selected by the former CTO of Peter Jackson’s Weta Digital (The Lord of the Rings), an executive trainee, worked on intellectual property of Star Wars: in particular the rigs of Boba Fett, Jabba the Hutt, Ultimate Evil (The cover character of Star Wars The Force Unleashed), and converging ILM’s Jango Fett with Lucasfilm Animation Singapore’s Ahsoka Tano on the Xbox, which was shown directly to George Lucas. Other Lucasfilm IP included Steven Spielberg (Indiana Jones and The Staff of Kings), Michael Bay (Transformers Revenge Of The Fallen), and JK Rowling (Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince). EA Sports (where he redesigned the rigging system on their top title, Madden NFL voiced by John Madden and Chris Collinsworth, and NCAA Football voiced by The ESPN College Gameday Crew including Kirk Herbstreit, as well as attending global rigging research and development on Fifa, Facebreaker, NHL, EA Harry Potter, and Tiger Woods PGA) and Take Two Interactive (NBA 2K with rigging tests done on Shaquille O’Neal motions) were also previous employers. At ACCAD (where CGI was invented in the 1960’s) at The Ohio State University, for his masters degree, he was in The DreamWorks Outreach Program focusing studies in technical animation while being trained from supervisors on such films as Shrek, Madagascar, Finding Nemo, Shark Tale, and Spider-Man 2, with attending a lecture session by the “K” in DreamWorks SKG: Jeffrey Katzenberg. This training at ACCAD was applied to a one hour long Jurassic Park oriented dinosaur special that aired on The Discovery Channel where he worked in coordination with paleontologists from The Burpee Museum in Rockford, Illinois, who worked with Spielberg’s dinosaur crew on Jurassic Park. Zorich’s masters thesis focused on auto rigging dinosaurs in the programming language Python. Brent also does concept illustration work (QA on Adobe Photoshop for Adobe’s Apple iPad team via illustrations), and was formerly an interior architect for the two largest architectural firms in the world: #1 Gensler and #2 NBBJ with clients such as Adidas, Volkswagen, and The Republic of China. Most recently Brent was subcontracted rigging prototyping work from Sony Pictures involving The Marvel Cinematic Universe and Walt Disney Feature Animation, while taking continuing studies at Stanford University in linear algebra and engineering. His undergrad degree from Ohio State was in industrial design where he focused on independent projects for Nike and Reebok. In 2021, he launched a clothing line showcasing his concept sketches in a wearable format called “Sketches of Brent Zorich.” Brent’s eventual goal is to become a Chief Visual Officer at a major vfx, video game, or animation studio with an earning potential of between five to twelve million per year; with potential licencing of personal technology and apparel for additional revenue.