Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Working As A VFX Artist

Hey! It's been a while!  What's new?  Did you do something different with your hair?

If anyone still reads my long, rambling, infrequent posts, they'll learn that the "infrequent" part of that sentence is an understatement of mammoth proportions!

That being said, there is very good reason for my absence lo these many months:


To be fair, I've been making some $$ as a freelancer for the last three years actually, however, the big difference came this year when – through a series of interconnecting circumstances – I was given the opportunity to work on a proper feature film!

Here is the trailer for said film:

This movie is the feature debut of director (friend, and all-around cool guy) Ryan Spindell -- who has made many brilliant shorts as well.

It had it's premiere at this year's Fantastic Fest and Toronto After Dark – at which, it won 4 awards including: "Best Feature, Best Horror Film, and Best Editing!

As of this writing, it has yet to see an official wide release (word on that as it develops).

My time on the project started once filming had wrapped and lasted just over four months.
I was one of many VFX artists brought on to do the heavy lifting required to build the world of a dark fantasy film.

I was personally responsible for about 25 shots in the film (which doesn't sound like a lot, but they were all very complicated and took a long time to finish – not to mention, I completed an average of three versions of each shot before approval, and therefore, generated over 350GB of data... so, yeah).

On average, I worked very long hours, 6 to 7 days a week, every week for four months straight – and worked my part-time day job simultaneously.
And I can say without any exaggeration, that this was hands-down the craziest, most challenging, and most AMAZING experience I've had in my life thus far!

I truly cannot contain my excitement for whenever this thing hits theaters/streaming -- but when it does I'm absolutely going to force everyone I know to go watch it, several times.
However, I can't say much else (as things still aren't public yet) but suffice to say, this movie is definitely going to go down in history as a Halloween classic!

Talk soon.