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Habib Zargarpour — Head of Film Development, Digital Monarch Media

Over the past 30 years, Habib Zargarpour has helped create some of the most innovative and iconic VFX shots in cinema and pioneered virtual production. Beginning with The Mask’s eye-popping protagonist, Habib went on to instigate Twister and The Perfect Storm’s freak weather conditions, race pods for Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and use game-engine technology to build The Jungle Book and Blade Runner 2049’s captivating worlds.

Today, Habib works as head of film development at Digital Monarch Media, a division of Unity Technologies. He deep-dives into how he helped director Denis Villeneuve and DoP Roger Deakins explore LA 2049’s wastelands, and details the physics of pod racers. For VFX fans, this podcast is a treat from start to finish.


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7:15 Deckard and industrial design: Habib’s early years

13:15 Adventures in Dinosaur City

19:18 Starting at ILM on “The Mask”

22:25 Beginning on Blade Runner 2049 

27:40 Downing the Spinner with Denis Villeneuve

38:26 Working with Roger Deakins

44:20 How “The Perfect Storm” pioneered real-time

49:10 Star Wars Ep. 1’s pod racing

52:56 Virtual production on The Jungle Book

59:30 Game engines and production

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: February 1, 2021.
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