from the Art of VFX article:
What is your background?
After being exposed to 3D design software while studying Industrial Design, I decided to pursue a career in 3D computer animation. I bought a computer and software and was, for the most part, self taught. Some small freelance gigs led to me being contacted by a law firm in the mid 90′s where I did scientific and geological animations for court presentations. I took a break to come work at Digital Domain for a couple of months to help out on a large car commercial campaign and stayed for another 14 years….
How did Digital Domain get involved on this show?
We have a great relationship with Warner Brothers so when they reached out to us to help out on this show we were more than happy to. This was exciting for us as we had never worked on a musical before. It’s great to have the opportunity to work on a variety of productions across the industry.
How was the collaboration with director Adam Shankman?
It was great. Though Adam had some very specific ideas, we were allowed the space to mock up ideas and present options. He was a lot of fun to work with both on set as well as during the post process.
What was his approach about the visual effects?
As he had spent much of his youth in the Hollywood area, it was important that people recognize certain landmarks, even things that weren’t necessarily featured in the film. Since we wanted to be as unobtrusive as possible on set, it was important that we gained his trust early on so he didn’t have to “worry” about what the final product would look like.
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