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Marc Morissette — VFX Supervisor/Owner, Cluster

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Thinking about starting your own VFX company? This week’s podcast guest, Marc Morissette, has done just that. After gaining experience and friendships at Digital Domain on projects including Peter Pan and Ghost Racer, Marc returned to his native Canada to form his own studio, Cluster. The company has taken on a variety of CG work, from a VR version of the Universal Studios globe for The Mummy to product shots and digital de-aging.

Marc explains the reasons behind starting Cluster and his vision for the company. He also talks about how the VFX industry changed when multiple vendors started working on the same shows, and the effects of the pandemic on smaller studios. Finally, Marc discusses how real-time technology will transform the future of filmmaking, and its advantages for smaller studios.

Links:

Marc Morissette on IMDb >

Marc Morissette on ArtStation >

Marc Morissette on Instagram >

Marc Morissette on LinkedIn

Starting a VFX company article on ftrack >

The Mummy - Zero Gravity Stunt in 360 >


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4:15 Programming games on a ZX81 and early CG on an Amiga

10:10 Employee #11 at Blur Studio

15:08 Changing the way rendering works

19:44 Being part of the ray tracing revolution

23:40 Is Brazil renderer still alive?

27:48 Starting a brewery

33:12 Getting back into VFX supeing

39:58 The realities of virtual production

45:52 Thoughts on real-time ray tracing

52:31 Communication with creatives

56:22 The joy of being back on set

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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: July 11, 2022.
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