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The VFX Artists Podcast, hosted by Kofi Opoku-Ansah and Daniel Mark Miller is the spot for artists to share, learn and discover other artists in the VFX industry. We aim to bring artists from different levels and departments to discuss industry practice, software, processes, journey and more. We are a podcast made by artists for artists.
 
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This week we catch up with Senior Compositor and trainer, Josh Parks for a lively discussion of all things tech, industry and career related. Starting out as "The wildcard choice" for MPC's training program, he has built an impressive career with credits including: Jungle Book, Transformers: The Last Knight, Ready Player One, Wonder Woman, Guardian…
 
Part 2 of our discussion with Christina Mandia continues, with this last part focusing on Christina's VFX industry journey, going all the way back to her first interests and influence, education, as well as showreel and general advice for current and aspiring mothers and animators. Christina’s journey as a VFX animator, begun with an entry into the…
 
This week, we have the amazing Christina Mandia, animator at Cinesite London, giving us an insight into how she tackles her maternal role, whilst being a better, more efficient animator. Christina goes on to share some very important information on maternity leave pay for employees and freelancers through the government schemes, as well as employee…
 
In this episode, we chat to Jeremy Lasky & Danny Gonzalez, founders of Perception to learn more about the creation of what's become one of the most influential and important VFX & creative studios globally. Perception has brought us title sequences and HUD's (heads up displays) for films such as Iron Man, Black Panther, Loki, Wandavision, Spiderman…
 
Have you got an idea for a game you would love to bring to life? This week we catch up with VFX Supervisor, Mohsen Mousavi and Look Dev Artist, Hugh Behroozy who are doing exactly that with their new venture, Blinkmoon. We discuss their impressive VFX careers and their time at Scanline, where they met and worked on projects such as Game of Thrones,…
 
In this episode, we chat to VFX generalist and author, Vicki Lau, about her take on being a female multi-disciplinary artist in the VFX industry. We also find out why she chose to write two books about her experience in the VFX industry, titled 'Why I Do VFX' (The untold truths about working in visual effects) and 'Not your starving artist' (Making…
 
With credits including The Batman, Walking Dead: Worlds Beyond Thor, Love and Thunder its's no wonder we've been wanting to catch up with Freelance Compositor, Shonda Hunt. But in the end she got in touch with us after we asked about the issues facing mothers working in the VFX industry. So in this two pronged interview Daniel and Shonda discuss th…
 
In this episode, we chat to Baptiste Jaquemet, a senior Houdini FX TD and generalist, about his journey into the VFX industry and how his journey has led him to work at the studio that inspired his interest in VFX - Weta. Baptiste's journey is an interesting one, and we talk about his early beginnings, his love for Blender, and Houdini, negative ex…
 
In the second installment of our interview with veteran VFX Artist and filmmaker, Sean Cunningham we go into detail about the process used on the 1990's action movie True Lies for the missile sequence - featuring some of the earliest uses of Nuke digital compositing at Digital Domain as well as an early version of SideFX Houdini (Prisms). We talk a…
 
We go all the way back the 1990's in this 2 part interview with Sean Cunningham, a veteran of the VFX industry whose credits as an FX Artists include films such as True Lies, Strange Days, The Fifth Element, Godzilla, Oh Brother Where Art Thou and who has directed and produced independent feature films in his own right. This journey takes us from t…
 
In this episode, Kofi chats to Filipe Magalhães, Realtime supervisor at NVIZ about Unreal engine and all things realtime. We do a deep dive into Unreal engine in the use for previs, VFX, and Virtual production, compare it to Unity, and retrace Filipe's journey into the industry. Following up on that, we discus the education, diversity and represent…
 
On today’s episode, we have Jamie Bakewell in the hot seat to discuss all things previs and postvis, starting from his journey into the industry , to the decisions which led to the creation of his Previs studio in the midlands - Bigtooth Studios. Jamie’s incredible first job with Aardman, soon after graduating in 2009 from Staffordshire University …
 
This week Daniel caught up with Layout Artist who has 7 Oscar Nominated films, as well as an Emmy and a Goya under her belt! Many of our Spanish speaking audience may already be familiar with Carolina as she runs an incredibly popular VFX and film Youtube, blog and Twitter account as Okingrafia. Carolina is a Lead Layout Artist at Scanline, most re…
 
In this episode, we conclude our two-part episode with Michael Morgan, a U.K. based senior character animator and animation mentor about his journey into the industry and working with some of the most highly respected studios in the world. Michael has over two decades of experience in the VFX industry, and has contributed to some of your favourite …
 
In this episode, we chat to Michael Morgan, a U.K. based senior character animator and animation mentor about his journey into the industry and working with some of the most highly respected studios in the world. Michael has over two decades of experience in the VFX industry, and has contributed to some of your favourite movies and characters on th…
 
In this episode we meet with Arpita Venugopal, Head of FX at One of Us and a highly accomplished Houdini Artist. We talk about her career in FX and how it has increased her appreciation for the beauty in the World. She gives advice for showreels and applications based on her role as a Head of Department and in recruitment. We discuss managing artis…
 
In this episode we chat to Maik Pham Quang, a Matchmove lead at Framestore London, about his career progression, as a runner, through to becoming a matchmove lead, with a decade's experience, to transitioning and changing departments to pursue his interest in the lighting department as a lighting TD. Maik tells us about how it is leading and managi…
 
In this episode we complete our rundown of 2021. Daniel and Kofi discuss some of the themes raised in the episodes, as well as clips. Topics include VFX Editing, Previs, Realtime and Unreal Engine, discrimination and racism in the industry, independent filmmaking, Nuke, Blender, Unreal, VFX software development, Costume Design, VFX Editing, game ci…
 
This has been a rollercoaster year for many of us and The VFX Artists Podcast is no exception. A toddlers decision to play with toy cars at 3am changed the fate of 2 VFX artists who met up to reflect on how far the podcast has come in less than a year. With guests ranging from Matchmove Artists to Compositors, VR Developers to Stunt Performers, Cha…
 
This week, on The VFX Artists Podcast, we speak to Beaumont Loewenthal about his journey to the industry and delve into his path to VFX assisting and editing at some great studios, on some very familiar feature films, to becoming a VFX editor on Star Wars Andor at Lucasfilm. In this episode, we discuss routes to entry into the VFX industry, and dis…
 
This week, on The VFX Artists Podcast, my curiosity with how movies are made and brought to life, brought me to a discussion with London based film director, writer and producer Marcus Flemmings. On this episode, I find out about Marcus’ background and journey to becoming a film director, talk about his new film Blonde Purple, out on November 30th,…
 
This week we talk with Christy Anzelmo, Chief Product Officer at Foundry and before that Director of Product for the Nuke family of projects. We take a tour of her career, beginning in the fashion industry before moving in to VFX, her role in leading development on one of the most widely used compositing softwares in the industry, and on the uses o…
 
In this episode, we chat to Floyd Billingy, a U.K. based realtime supervisor and environment artist for the games and VFX industry about his transition into the industry, how he became an environment artist and a realtime supervisor, as well as how black artists perceive and feel about working in the gaming and VFX industry. Floyd's career is colou…
 
This week we meet Christopher Nichols, veteran VFX Supervisor and Director of the Chaos Group Labs. Chris’s career in computer graphics spans over 20 years, beginning in architecture and quickly moving to major motion pictures and later commercials at: Digital Domain, Sony Pictures, Method, Sway Studios and others. As this is Daniel’s first time ho…
 
In this episode, I chat to Simon Legrand, realtime Supervisor at Untold Studios in London about his journey into the VFX industry. During this discussion, Simon shares his unsugarcoated journey and story of the realities of the VFX industry, worth listening to. We talk about some of the pros and cons of working in the VFX industry, and touch on top…
 
In this episode, I have an incredibly detailed chat to the founders of the Black Costume Network, Rianna Charles and Jodie-Simone Howe about how their role as costume designers and makers, work in the film and TV industry. During this discussion, I get to find out about their individual journeys/paths into the industry, discuss the difference betwe…
 
Welcome back to The VFX Artists Podcast! In this episode, I chat to 18 year old VFX enthusiast, inspired and brilliant 3D Generalist Ty Robillard about how be discovered VFX, and how he picked up his multitude of skills at an early age, with more potential to flourish into a fledgling VFX artist. Ty's inspiration for VFX, derived from the beautiful…
 
In this episode, I chat to Paris Marin, a U.K based animator about the differences between Previs, Postvis and finals quality animation. I wanted to discuss and highlight an important department of the VFX industry, which is somewhat rarely understood or known by the broader audience. Paris has been part of teams who have brought us films such as D…
 
Welcome to The VFX Artists Podcast! In this episode, I chat to actress Yolanda Lynes about her involvement in the new Marvel Black Widow movie. I also go on to find out more about where Yolanda's passion for acting came from. Incredible journey for an incredible woman! As always, if you liked this episode, please like, comment, subscribe and share!…
 
Welcome to The VFX Artists Podcast! In this episode, I chat to Rory Bryans, VFX on set supervisor at MPC London about his journey and progression in the industry, which begun at Framestore London, as a receptionist, to becoming an on set supervisor for one of the leading VFX studios worldwide. A great VFX journey not to be missed! As always, if you…
 
Welcome to The VFX Artists Podcast! In this episode, I have Prince Yiadom from Framestore London, to share his journey to becoming a compositor for film. Prince's VFX industry journey begun very early on whilst he was still at University and progressed on to freelancing and eventually settling in with Framestore, beginning with Paint and roto, to p…
 
In this episode, I chat to senior matchmove artist and supervisor Sarah Gatefield about her experience and journey into the VFX industry. A journey which begun as a runner at Framestore London, leading on to freelancing at VFX studios such as MPC, DNEG, Trixter, Method Studios, Prime Focus Film, Pixomondo, Rise and more, on incredible films such as…
 
Lidars, we use them almost everyday in our daily roles as VFX artists, and we miss them when they aren't available for shows, but do we really understand how lidars are captured? In this episode, I chat to Joseph Steel, co-founder of London based Visualskies Studios about his journey to starting his company, and becoming one of the leading provider…
 
In this episode, I chat to David Cheung, a U.K based actor and stunt performer about how he got into acting and stunt performing on movies such as 47 Ronin, 6 Underground, Now You See Me 2, Fast & Furious 6 and more! David shares insights about how his love for martial arts was influenced by his grandfather at a young age, leading him to follow in …
 
In this episode, I chat to Jorundur (Jorri) Rafn Arnarson about his career as one of the leading Icelandic VFX, and on set supervisors for feature films and TV episodics such as 'Game of Thrones', 'Black Mirror', 'Where the wild things are' and more. During the discussion Jorri shared insights of his journey, which begun as a compositor for major L…
 
In this episode, I chat to Vladmir Venkov about his journey to becoming an organic, hard surface, sculpting and texture artist for the London based VFX industry. Vlad goes on to share some insights on what he does to tackle different briefs from varied studios, as well as what he's had to do to become the artist he is. As always, if this episode ha…
 
In this episode, I chat to Ace Ruele, a brilliant actor and motion capture artist to discus more about his journey into becoming one of the go-to creature motion capture artists in the U.K. A journey which started as a back up dancer, to catching his first break as a creature motion capture artist on Warner Brother’s “Legend of Tarzan” feature film…
 
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