Kofi Opoku-Ansah and Daniel Mark Miller have both found interesting routes to becoming successful VFX artists. Kofi was inspired by Final Fantasy to pursue a career in gaming, but working at The Mill ignited his passion for VFX. Daniel, meanwhile, toyed with becoming an editor before getting into compositing via the advertising industry.
Together, Kofi and Daniel host The VFX Artists Podcast, which uses their wide range of industry contacts to record engaging, funny, and advice-packed podcasts. In this conversation with Chris, they give lots of valuable ideas about starting in VFX and how the industry works. Kofi also reveals how his three-year-old inspired him to set up the podcast, while Daniel details “Broken Toy,” his Black Mirror-esque short film.
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5:14 Introducing Kofi
11:47 Kofi’s specialization
15:04 How Daniel got involved
18:01 Daniel’s origin story
24:59 Working for an ad agency
34:09 The podcast’s mission
47:57 Daniel’s short film
57:04 Machine learning and VFX
01:02:26 Efficient artists and hitting deadlines