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Ari Rubenstein — VFX Supervision & Look Development

VFX veteran Ari Rubenstein has quite a story to tell. After spending a few years in unrelated fields, he gravitated towards visual effects, where a cloth sim experiment landed him work on The Matrix Revolutions. He went on to work at Blue Sky Studios, the company behind animated movies including Horton Hears a Who!, Epic and Rio.

At the same time, Ari has indulged his creativity and embraced new technology via short films. Ari talks enthusiastically about how he’s always chosen creative paths, his deep-rooted love of music, and how individuals across the industry and around the world have helped him bring his visions to life. 

Since this interview, Blue Sky Studios has closed its filmmaking operations. Nimona, which was slated for January 14, 2022, is no longer being released.

Links:

Curv Studios >

Ari Rubenstein on IMDb >

Curv Studios on Vimeo >

Chaos Group article on “The Blues Crab” >


Chapters:

5:21 Ari’s origin story

12:39 Getting into film

17:29 Establishing Curv Studios

23:59 Working on “The Matrix Revolutions”

27:39 Starting at Blue Sky Studios

34:27 Life at Blue Sky after Disney acquisition

41:37 Favorite Blue Sky projects

48:25 Creating his short film “The Blues Crab”

58:12 “Small Blue Shadow:” Ari’s next project



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.

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