VFX Professional/Creative Utility Infielder
in Film & Themed Entertainment
Life After Pi–A Documentary on the last days of R&H
Hollywood Ending: A Documentary Detailing Why the Movie Capital of the World is Forcing Filmmakers to Leave‘s first part, “Life After Pi” covering the demise of Rhythm and Hues, is now out.
I didn’t need to watch it, as I am living it after 14 and a half years at R&H, but I did anyway.
It does a good job of raising some of the important issues effecting all companies and workers in the visual effects industry through the lens of the implosion at Rhythm.
A View to a Thrill–Themed Entertainment and Bond Films
I’m an unabashed James Bond fan. Any entertainment to last 50 years is pretty special, and 23 films is quite a milestone for UK movies.
I’ve been revisiting them thanks to the James Bonding podcast, and it started making me think about how Themed Entertainment is like James Bond films.
Futureproofing and the R&D Dilemma
At the last TEA mixer the topic of Research and Development and preparing for the future came up, and I had a good discussion with some folks about where advances actually come from.
The cutting edge never comes from clients, and only comes from setting aside time for R&D and explorations, preferably outside the confines of a job entirely.
I Want Good, for Cheap and Fast….
A current conversation reminded me of a commercial I was on where the client asked for “Pixar quality” on their very limited schedule and budget.
The client asked for a fully animated photoreal Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor talking about their product as the camera flew around her.
In The Same Boat vs Last Man Standing
I’ve joined a trade group from Themed Entertainment, the TEA as I’m doing media consulting on a few interactive projects,and my long term goal, is to work at a design place helping come up with attractions. My background in VFX is my starting point to learn the details of the field.
Attending TEA networking mixers, people often ask me about the VFX industry, and how comparable it is to what I’ve seen in Themed Entertainment.
State of the VFX industry article for Geek Speak TV
Last June, Geek Speak TV asked me to write something on the current mess of the vfx industry: