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.
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