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Jelmer Boskma — Visual Effects Supervisor, ScanlineVFX


Jelmer Boskma is livin’ the VFX dream. Originally hailing from the Netherlands, he moved to Vancouver to go to film school and became interested in character modeling. Jelmer then picked up work as a modeler on movies including Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and District 9. With Tron: Legacy, he became a matte painter, then moved up to art direction on Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and VFX supervision on Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and Eternals.

Jelmer tells Chris about his career highlights, from early encouragement from practical effects wizard Rick Baker to working alongside directors including Robert Rodriguez and Tim Burton. He also talks about how love blossomed in the VFX industry, discusses the pros and cons of working remotely, and shares some of the important life lessons he’s learned.


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Art of VFX interview on "Eternals" > 



5:11 Jelmer’s origin story

11:11 Getting into modeling

15:27 Vancouver and Frantic Films

20:12 “District 9”

25:12 “Sucker Punch” and “Tron: Legacy”

29:31 Exploring career paths

33:51 “Jack the Giant Killer”

39:09 “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”

44:20 Moving to Scanline

48:50 “Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children”

53:19 Becoming a VFX supervisor

56:14 “Eternals”

1:03:11 Will pandemic changes stay in place?

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: December 6, 2021.
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