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Ross Denner — Head of 3D / Creative Director / VFX Supervisor, Artjail


After making stop-motion videos as a kid and studying furniture design, Ross Denner found his way into VFX via stints at Bermuda Shorts and The Mill. He then moved from London to Los Angeles to work for MPC and now lives in New York, where he helped set up boutique studio ArtJail.

Ross talks about how SideFX’s versatile Houdini software is usurping Maya in traditional pipelines and empowering smaller VFX houses. He also gives invaluable advice on getting hired by VFX studios and what to do when you start, and he and Chris talk about working with dyslexia.


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4:27 Introducing Ross

9:31 How to get a job at MPC

15:48 Chaos helps with Massive and V-Ray

21:32 Joining Method

29:27 Going to Eight VFX

33:19 New York, new job at Artjail

38:40 Establishing Artjail around Houdini

44:55 The advantages of V-Ray for Houdini

49:52 USD integration

55:48 What’s next for Artjail

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 6, 2021.
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