And what excites you most about your job?
I still love seeing people I work with directly— or whom I’ve known for years—make the work happen, and to bring what starts as words or concepts to life. It’s pretty awesome. The best part of my job? Getting to know and work alongside some very talented and interesting people. To be able to help people in whatever way I can, with advice, recommendations, and to introduce solid people I know to other solid people I know.
In what major ways has the industry changed from what it was 25 years ago to today?
The work is being done all over the world now, as opposed to a handful of places. There are far more people in VFX now than when I started. There was a time when there were more jobs than people to fill them. That has become quite the opposite. The timelines and budgets seem to be more challenging than before, but the work isn’t getting any less complex. Oh…and there’s the tax incentives! While they were always out there, they became very widespread, and in my opinion, a driving force in such a way that many companies expanded beyond America (Los Angeles, really) in order to remain viable. This is what vendors need to navigate these days, which was much different than when I started in the business.
And where do you see VFX going in the near future?
To be honest, I’m not entirely sure. I know that the streaming platforms will change and are already changing things immensely, along with VR. But I think the nuts-and-bolts of making great VFX for films and other mediums will remain the same, at least for a while.
What is an invaluable lesson you’ve learned in your career?
Always maintain your integrity and do the right thing.