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Ben West joins the Digital Film League



Award winning filmmaker Ben West was born in Sydney, Australia, grew up in Papua New Guinea and is now based in Los Angeles. His work illustrates a mastery of comedy with the use of visual effects. The critically acclaimed film FUGU & TAKO represents the evolution of this unique director’s vision for storytelling.

Ben has been a visual effects supervisor at Academy Award winning studios, a director at Radical media, he got a Masters in Directing and is also an Architect. A veritable swiss army knife or a dog’s breakfast depending on your perspective. Whatever the case, Ben’s focus remains on telling a good story. He’s driven by a passion for good performance and visual effects being a part of that journey. The line between reality and make-believe is getting thinner, balancing on that wire is what Ben does best.

Ben is currently Creative Director at Framestore in Los Angeles. In addition to developing, FUGU & TAKO into a Graphic Novel, Ben’s current projects include aliens, a three-armed man and zombies.

Check out Ben West's Vimeo page here >


                                                          Fugu and Tako Trailer

About the author

Christopher Nichols

Chris is a CG industry veteran and Director of Chaos Labs. He can also be heard regularly as the host of the CG Garage podcast which attracts 20,000 weekly listeners. With a background in both VFX and Design, Chris has worked for Gensler, Digital Domain, Imageworks and Method Studios. His credits include Maleficent, Oblivion and Tron: Legacy.

Originally published: July 9, 2015.
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