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Sean Devereaux — Producer & Visual Effects Supervisor

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Sean Devereaux has fulfilled his childhood dream of making movies, and he started and sold a software company along the way. After being inspired by a viewing of The Wizard of Oz, Sean got a break at Digital Domain thanks to fellow alumni Jonathan Egstad. After working on movies including How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Vanilla Sky, he returned to Boston to found Zero VFX, which has created shots for American Hustle, The Equalizer, and Patriots Day.

Sean also discovered the financial and practical benefits of cloud computing, leading to the development of Zync, which was subsequently bought by Google. Sean reflects on his incredible career with contagious enthusiasm and a knack for storytelling. He recounts some great stories involving directors Peter Berg and Antoine Fuqua, and reveals how his work ethic helped him get hired by Digital Domain. He also reveals some of the important life lessons he’s learned, from how to balance creativity and finances, to how to deal with directors.

Links:

Zero VFX >

Sean Devereaux on IMDb >

Sean Devereaux on Instagram >

Sean Devereaux on Twitter >

Sean Devereaux on LinkedIn >


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5:21 Starting down the Yellow Brick Road

9:45 Getting into DD thanks to Jonathan Egstad

14:21 How he got a permanent job at DD

20:11 Burning out; back to Boston to start Zero

24:01 The necessity of cloud rendering

30:46 Pranking the Yankees and saturated servers

34:31 Selling Zync to Google

38:32 Earning directors’ trust

44:06 Favorite projects

47:49 Getting into producing

50:21 Shooting through the pandemic

57:26 New requirements for movie previews

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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: August 1, 2022.
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