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Chris Harvey — VFX Supervisor

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Chris Harvey’s brief encounters in biology and theater set him up perfectly for a thriving career in VFX. After taking an animation course, he went on to work on movies such as Chappie, TRON: Legacy, and Zero Dark Thirty. Then, he helped Neill Blomkamp launch independent production company Oats Studios and now he works as a freelance VFX supervisor.

In this podcast, Chris talks about striking a balance between working hard and raising a family. He shares the lessons he learned from working at the ahead-of-its-time Oats Studios, covers how easy it is to tighten pipelines and make filmmaking more efficient—and reveals why Neill Blomkamp’s new production house is called Stability. 

You’ll also find out about Chris’ upcoming sci-fi film projects, including Neill Blomkamp’s Demonic, and 65, from the team behind A Quiet Place.

Links:

Chris Harvey on IMDb >

Chris Harvey (@barefootSupe) on Twitter >

Chris Harvey Archives on Art of VFX >

Oats Studios >


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Chapters:

4:49 How Chris met Chris

13:49 Working remotely for Frantic

22:55 Explaining Oats Studios

29:55 Creating “Zygote’s” creature

38:04 The advantages of small teams

42:52 Takeaways from Oats Studios

48:36 “Bloodshot” and “65”

53:33 The future of filmmaking



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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: August 16, 2021.
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