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Craig Weiss — Executive Creative Director: CBSVFX

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V-Ray won an Emmy! And joining Chris this week is Craig Weiss, a committee member on the board for the Engineering Emmy Awards. Craig explains how Chaos’ rendering engine has changed the way TV VFX are made and why the board chose it to win this prestigious award.

Craig also delves into his role as CBS VFX’s executive creative director, from his humble beginnings in stop-motion animation to the high-resolution, cinema-quality CG home audiences have come to expect. It’s a fascinating journey into the past, present, and future of the technology that helps bring stories to life.

Links:

Craig Weiss at IMDb >

Craig Weiss at Memory Alpha >

Craig Weiss on LinkedIn >

73rd Engineering Emmy Awards Winners Announced >


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Chapters:

4:01 Origins in stop-frame animation

9:14 What excites Craig about VFX

12:31 Background replacements and replicating sets

14:51 How TV quality has increased

20:26 Virtual production

28:08 Rasterization versus ray tracing

34:48 Finding talent

38:06 V-Ray wins an Emmy

44:16 Why V-Ray makes great VFX easy

46:16 Craig’s vision of the future



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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: October 11, 2021.
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