I am currently supervising the research and development in computer-generated effects, with a focus on water simulation and rendering. It has been an exciting challenge to solve complicated physics problems to such a high level, which also needs to be artist-friendly and work within large production requirements.
First job in film?
I developed the artist tool kit used to create the digital tornadoes of the film Twister.
Favorite memory from the first Avatar?
Jim's super-excited reaction when we first showed him the ride out to the horse clan shots.
Most memorable thing from seeing Avatar in theatres?
Seeing it all put together with sound, how exciting the end battle came together.
Best advice received working in film industry?
When I started computer graphics in visual effects, I was told the best ideas may when you are not in front of the machine. Make sure to take time to step away from it.