Over the years, I’ve spent a lot of time on film sets as an “On-Set VFX Supervisor”.
So far I’ve worked in 15 countries.
Click here for some of my movie credits.
An on-set VFX supervisor’s job is to ensure that the live-action footage will play nicely with the visual effects in post production. This is primarily done by advising the DOP and director on the individual shots. But, you also take a bunch of reference photographs, HDRIs, notes and measurements that will help in the post production. (As a rule, you can’t take too many measurements or too many pictures as long as you don’t get in the way of the rest of the crew.)
Sometimes, you work for just a day on a commercial, other times it’s several weeks on a feature film. The hours are long and you can be waiting around for ages before a frantic burst of activity. It’s never dull.
You can find yourself inside an anonymous sound-stage in a nondescript suburb, but you are just as likely to be working in the most amazing places, such as a desert or the rooftop of a skyscraper.
Here are a few photos that I took during the downtime on some recent projects.