Creature Simulation from Hollywood to Barcelona | Ziva Dynamics & El Ranchito

Discover how studios around the world, including Barcelona’s very own El Ranchito, are delivering award-winning creaturework using Ziva Dynamics simulation technology. On December 6th, Ziva Senior Creature TD Andy van Straten and El Ranchito’s Javier Mansilla will be joining forces to showcase the industry’s top character tools and the stunning results they’ve inspired. Audiences will be entertained and educated with never-before-seen character breakdowns, a live feature demo, and a sneak peak at the upcoming Ziva tools on the horizon.
Date: December 6th, Friday, 2019
Time: 15:30-16:30
Room: Auditori
Language: English

Ziva VFX is the industry’s leading character simulation software. The advance and intuitive software lets users rapidly simulate soft-tissue materials and embed real-world physics into every creation. By mirroring the fundamental properties of nature, users achieve CG characters that move, flex, and jiggle the way audiences expect. This approach significantly reduces any need for artisan shot sculpting or corrective shapes and, instead, leverages the prevailing simulation method from engineering and science to achieve high-performance dynamics, right out-of-the-box.

Ziva VFX is currently being used by over 200 of the top VFX studios, creative boutiques, and academic institutions in the world. A few of our top customers include: MPC, DNEG, Scanline VFX, Pixomondo, MPC, Image Engine, Rising Sun Pictures, Framestore, and Sony Pictures Imageworks.


El Ranchito is a Spanish Visual Effects company for film, television and advertising with an international aim. Created in 2004, El Ranchito has participated in the postproduction of over one hundred spots and more than one hundred films and television series, many of them for the international market.

The team is made up of 150 highly experienced professionals, passionate about their work and recognized for their talent both inside and outside our borders. El Ranchito has created the digital effects for productions such Agora, by Alejandro Amenábar, The Impossible and A Monster Calls, by J. Bayona, and TV series like Game of Thrones, for which some its most memorable sequences have been done. 

El ranchito work has been recognized with eight Goyas in the section of Best Special Effects, with five VES (Visual Effects Society Awards) for Game of Thrones and The Impossible, with three Gaudí and with one Emmy and one HPA (Hollywood Professional Association) Award for the best visual effects for Game of Thrones.


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