About

I am a senior matte painter at Sony Pictures Imageworks in Vancouver and matte painting instructor at Think Tank and Lost Boys Studios. Previously, I have been a senior artist at Method Studios Vancouver, and an emmy-winning co-founder of Atmosphere Visual Effects.

Useful Books
  • The Digital Matte Painting Handbook
    The Digital Matte Painting Handbook
  • Invisible Art: The Legends of Movie Matte Painting
    Invisible Art: The Legends of Movie Matte Painting
  • d'artiste Matte Painting: Digital Artists Master Class
    d'artiste Matte Painting: Digital Artists Master Class
  • d'artiste Matte Painting 2: Digital Artists Master Class
    d'artiste Matte Painting 2: Digital Artists Master Class
  • Perspective Made Easy
    Perspective Made Easy
  • The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos
    The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos
Useful DVDs
  • Techniques of Dusso 1: Introduction to Digital Matte Painting
    Techniques of Dusso 1: Introduction to Digital Matte Painting
  • Techniques of Dusso 2: Digital Matte Painting Fundamentals
    Techniques of Dusso 2: Digital Matte Painting Fundamentals
  • Techniques of Dylan Cole: Introduction to Landscape Matte Painting
    Techniques of Dylan Cole: Introduction to Landscape Matte Painting
  • Techniques of Dylan Cole: Introduction to Cityscape Matte Painting
    Techniques of Dylan Cole: Introduction to Cityscape Matte Painting
  • Techniques of Dylan Cole: Advanced Digital Matte Painting
    Techniques of Dylan Cole: Advanced Digital Matte Painting
  • Color Theory: The Mechanics of Color with Richard Keyes
    Color Theory: The Mechanics of Color with Richard Keyes
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Resumé

Overview

As a co-owner of Atmosphere Visual Effects, I built and was part of a team of artists that garnered many accolades for our work, including Emmy and VES awards for projects such as Battlestar Galactica.

Since leaving Atmosphere, I have made it my priority to enjoy being a digital matte painter without the many daily distractions of running a busy company.

My matte painting and environment work often leans towards the technical. I enjoy the challenges of full-3D environments and complex projection setups, and I thrive on learning about emerging technologies and methodologies. But I also love to sink my teeth into more traditional matte work too. You know – with the Photoshop brush tool.

Employment

Method Studios Vancouver

Freelance Digital Matte Artist

  • February 2012–Present
  • Digital Matte Artist: clients including Goldtooth Creative Agency, Lions Bay VFX
  • Part-time matte painting instructor/mentor at Lost Boys Studios school of VFX

Atmosphere Visual Effects

  • Co-founder / Principal / Senior Digital Matte Artist, July 2003–February 2012
  • Oversaw establishment and management of company of 40+ artists.
  • Multiple roles as owner: Senior Digital Matte Artist, Digital Supervisor, VFX Producer, SysAdmin Supervisor, Business Development, etc.

GVFX Vancouver

  • Digital Matte Artist, Jan 2002–June 2003

MGM Worldwide Television

  • Digital Matte Artist (Stargate SG-1), Feb–Nov 2001
  • Visual Effects Artist (Stargate SG-1), Feb–Dec 2000
  • Computer Playback Artist (Stargate SG-1), Mar 1998–Nov 1999

Skills & Relevant Info

  • Production-ready in: Maya; Nuke; Photoshop; Mari; Modo; SpeedTree; Clarisse iFX; Vue; After Effects; SynthEyes; Lightwave 3D; Shotgun/Pipeline Toolkit; RV.
  • Familiar with: Python; PFTrack; 3DS Max; Terragen; CityEngine.
  • 14 years experience creating matte paintings, 3D environments & 3D set extensions for features and broadcast.
  • Thorough understanding of current DMP/ENV techniques, including massive full-3d urban & natural environments; advanced multi-camera projection setups; Maya/MPTK & Nuke/Mari workflows, etc.
  • Architectural training and interest in photography lend me an excellent eye for perspective, proportion, composition, light, colour, etc.
  • Extensive experience building and managing teams of VFX Artists.
  • Currently developing a full curriculum for a course on digital matte painting.
  • I hold up-to-date licenses of Modo, Mari, Adobe Creative Cloud (incl. Photoshop etc.), SpeedTree, Vue xStream, Terragen, RV/RVIO, Lightwave 3D, After Effects, Final Cut Pro and Quixel Suite.
  • Member in good standing of Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS), Visual Effects Society (VES), and ACM Siggraph.

Awards and Honours

  • 2007: Primetime Emmy Award Winner: Battlestar Galactica Episode 303 “Exodus”
  • 2005: Primetime Emmy nomination: Battlestar Galactica Episode 110 “Hand of God”
  • 2004: Primetime Emmy nomination: Kingdom Hospital Pilot “Thy Kingdom Come”
  • 2001: Leo Award nomination: Stargate SG-1 Episode 401 “Small Victories”
  • 2000: Primetime Emmy nomination: Stargate SG-1 Episode 322 “Nemesis”
  • 2000: Gemini Award Nomination: Stargate SG-1 “Nemesis”

(N.B: these are all awards and nominations for which I am a named recipient.)

Credits

  • San Andreas (Feature Film) [In Production]
  • Air (Feature Film) [In Production]
  • The Giver (Feature Film) 
  • Maleficent (Feature Film)
  • The Maze Runner (Feature Film)
  • Thor: The Dark World (Feature Film)
  • The Forest (Short Film)
  • Crysis 3 (Computer Game)
  • Package Deal (Broadcast Series)
  • Chronicle (Feature Film)
  • Barricade (Feature Film)
  • Apollo 18 (Feature Film)
  • Family Guy, Seasons IX–X (Broadcast Series)
  • Endgame, Season I (Broadcast Series)
  • Psych, Seasons V–VI (Broadcast Series)
  • Stargate: Universe, Seasons I–II (Broadcast Series)
  • The Thaw (Feature Film)
  • Edison and Leo (Feature Film)
  • Stargate: Atlantis, Seasons I–V (Broadcast Series)
  • Battlestar Galactica, Seasons I–III (Broadcast Series)
  • Babylon 5 "The Lost Tales" (Mini Series)
  • Snow Buddies (Feature Film)
  • Stargate: SG-1, Seasons II–X (Broadcast Series)
  • Air Buddies (Feature Film)
  • Last Days of Planet Earth (MOW)
  • The 4400, Seasons II–IV (Broadcast Series)
  • Chestnut (Feature Film)
  • Kingdom Hospital, Season I (Broadcast Series)
  • Dead Like Me, Seasons I–II (Broadcast Series)
  • Andromeda, Season IV (Broadcast Series)
  • Jeremiah, Season II (Broadcast Series)
  • The Santa Clause Part II (Feature Film)
  • The Sixth Day (Feature Film)

Education

University of Liverpool

  • BA (Hons) in Architecture, 1992–1996

References

Available on request.

Online Resources