I am a Visual Effects Sequence Supervisor at Weta Digital. I guide the creative production of images and the technology required to produce them, while balancing the client's expectations and the budgeted resources. My challenge is making sure my team gets to be creative and stay motivated while working on schedule and within budget. My team matters to me so much because I've learned over the years that award winning visuals are created by collective genius, not a solo effort. My personal mantra is be friendly, collaborative, and always be open to ideas and critiques.
What's surprising about your job?
I think most moviegoers would be surprised at the immense amount of work that goes into creating every pixel of every frame of a movie like Avatar. They would be staggered by the detail and thought that goes into every asset, every creative choice and the iterations it takes to reach the quality that audiences expect from Weta Digital.
First job in film?
Lighting Technical Director on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Most exciting thing about working on the sequels?
Having worked on Avatar, the 'Avatar Flight of Passage' ride and now being part of the sequels is a dream come true! It's exciting to discover more of Pandora on my third trip into this world.
Favorite memory from the first Avatar?
I went with my instincts on a lighting scheme for a sequence on A1 and was super thrilled to hear Jim’s excited approval.
Most memorable thing from seeing Avatar in theatres?
Feeling goosebumps at the Weta Digital crew screening with a cheering crowd as the credits rolled.