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Hugo Guerra — Director, VFX Supervisor, YouTuber, & Podcaster


Hugo Guerra is the dictionary definition of multitasking. Having taken his eye for compositing into directing short films and commercials, and supervising VFX, Hugo fills his spare time with producing content for his successful YouTube channel and recording the VFX Notes podcast with Ian Failes. If that’s not enough, he’s also produced a cookbook with his wife.

Hugo talks about his early career in Portugal and how he took his love for movies into short films, and then compositing and directing. He also tells you why you need to go on-set, talks about the benefits of teaching, gives his thoughts on AI and “invisible” CGI, and reveals the inner workings of YouTube.


Hugo’s official site >

Hugo's Desk ™ >

VFX Notes podcast >

Green Recipes for All >

The Color Management Handbook for Visual Effects Artists by Victor Perez >


0:04:59 From short films to big movies: Hugo's origin story

0:09:29 Taking compositing into directing

0:14:59 The benefits of going on set

0:19:08 Why he started teaching

0:23:19 How to start a successful YouTube channel

0:29:20 Corridor Crew and the no-CG backlash

0:35:55 Is AI a threat or just another tool?

0:41:15 AI and the Eiffel Tower

0:45:38 The difference between art and craft

0:50:54 Creating a podcast with Ian Failes

0:55:19 Hugo's Desk livestreams

0:59:48 "Green Recipes for All"

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: April 22, 2024.
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