Chris Elson

Compositor

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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

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About me

 

Working freelance as a nuke and shake operator has allowed me to work on many big commercial film projects including most of the "Harry potter" films, which are always fun to work on as they require a variety of diverse skills from creating invisibility cloaks to making framed pictures animate. Films like "Moon", "Kickass" and "Fantastic Mr Fox" have required a good old fashioned 2d approach to greenscreen comps and live-action miniatures. I've also worked on several character animated films such as "Where the Wild Things Are", “Marmaduke” and "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" which require a very specific skillset to incorporate multipass cg compositing and liveaction projection with motion warping software to attain photo-real face/muzzle replacements.

Skills

 

  • TV
  • Compositing
  • Music Videos
  • Films
  • Live Action
  • Rotoscope
  • TVC
  • Tracking
  • Nuke

Work history

2012

VFX Artist

ALT VFX

Feb 2012 - May 2012
  • VFX artist working on : Top of the Lake, TV Mini-Series Dracula, film

2012

VFX Artist

Liquid Animation

Aug 2011 - Jan 2012
  • VFX Artist on TVC, Yamah Magic

2011

VFX Artist

ALT VFX Australia

Jun 2011 - Jul 2011
  • VFX Artist working on TVC, Tooheys: The Nocturnal Migration. Winner of two Silver and Bronze CANNES LIONS

2011

Nuke Compositor

Rising Sun Pictures

Feb 2011 - Jun 2011
  • VFX Compositing on film. Green Lantern

2011

Senior Nuke Compositor

Rushes Post Production London

Jul 2010 - Jan 2011
  • VFX compositing on Films and Long-form TV: Unknown white male, D-day, Hominid, Any Human Heart

2010

Shake & Nuke Compositor

Cinesite London

Mar 2010 - Jul 2010
  • VFX compositing on Film: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Marmaduke

2010

Shake Compositor

Lipsync Post London

Nov 2009 - Feb 2010
  • VFX compositing on Film: Fantastic Mr Fox, Kickass

2009

Shake Compositor

Framestore London

Apr 2009 - Oct 2009
  • VFX compositing on Film: Where the Wild things are

2009

Senior Shake Compositor

Rushes Post Production London

Jan 2009 - Mar 2009
  • VFX compositing on Film: The scouting book for Boys

2008

Senior Compositor

Machine VFX London

Nov 2008 - Dec 2008
  • VFX work on Dragonball: Evolution, Film

2008

Shake Compositor

Cinesite London

Dec 2007 - Oct 2008
  • FX compositing on Film: Moon, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Beverley Hills Chihuahua

2007

Lecturer in Digital Compositing

Griffith University

Jun 2007 - Nov 2007
  • Lecturer in Digital Compositing at Griffith University for one Semester. The position also included writing and developing the course structure and sourcing all course material.

2007

Shake Compositor

Rising Sun Pictures Australia

Mar 2007 - Jun 2007
  • VFX compositing on Film: 28 weeks later, The Ruins

2007

Shake Compositor

Photon VFX Australia

Feb 2006 - Jan 2007
  • VFX compositing on Film, and Promos: Superman returns, Animalia, Dubailand

2006

Shake Compositor

Double Negative Visual Effects London

Oct 2005 - Jan 2006
  • VFX compositing on Film: Stardust, Flyboys

2005

Senior Shake Compositor

Rushes Post Production London

Apr 2005 - Sep 2005
  • VFX compositing on Film and long-form TV: The Ten commandments, The Last Drop, Rome (HBO mini series)

2005

Shake Compositor

Cinesite London

Jun 2004 - Mar 2005
  • VFX compositing on Film: Hitch hikers Guide to the Gallaxy, Alien Vs Predator

2004

Shake Compositor

The Moving Picture Company London

Mar 2001 - May 2004
  • VFX compositing on Film: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 80 days around the world, Ella Enchanted, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Blackball, Medallion, Ned Kelly, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Mike Bassett England Manager.

2001

Junior Compositor

The Mill London

Dec 2012 - Mar 2001
  • VFX compositing on Film: Black Hawk Down

2000

Junior Compositor

Men From Mars

May 2000 - Nov 2000
  • VFX compositing on long-form TV:Doctor Zhivago, HornBlower

Senior Lecture in Visual Effects

Ravensbourne

Aug 2012
  • Working full time as Associate senior lecturer in VFX at Ravensbourne. My role involved developing the curriculum and sourcing various subject material, and leacturing on the Ba in editing and post production course. I also lectured on the Foundation Industry practice, Animation and digital film production courses.

Education

1998

BA(Hons) 2.1 Graphic Design and Digital Media

Coventry University UK

Dec 1996 - Dec 1998
  • 3 year University undergraduate degree course in Graphic Design and Digital Media

Higher National Diploma Foundation Art and Design

University of Portsmouth College of Art and Design

Dec 1995 - Jan 1970
  • 1 year full time course - Foundation in Art and Design

The Art and Practice of Digital Compositing

The Finishing School NFTS

Dec 1999 - Jan 1970
  • 4 month, accelerated full time course. Specifically tailored to learn the skillset necessary to enter the Visual effects industry at a junior level.