Articles by Christopher Nichols

Matt Wallin — VFX Artist, FXGuide Podcast Co-Host and Professor

“The Matrix,” “Star Wars” and “King Kong” VFX artist — and fxguide podcast co-host — tells Chris how and why he made the jump from production to academia.

Ondřej Karlík & Jaroslav Křivánek — Corona & Caustics

Caustics make good CG scenes look great — but they’re often avoided. Find out why it’s faster and easier to add this lighting phenomenon with Corona Renderer.

Andre Cantarel — Senior VFX Generalist, Scanline VFX

How do you create one of the world’s most accurate models of the White House? “Independence Day: Resurgence” and “Justice League” generalist Andre explains all.

Craig Xray Halperin — Insomniac Games

From veiny vampires to swinging superheroes: Craig Xray Halperin on an incredible career which has taken in blockbuster VFX, Greek temples and VR video games.

Sonja Christoph — Massive Entertainment

How do VFX skills translate into the world of videogames? Matte painter and level artist at Massive Entertainment Sonja tells Chris about going from “Doctor Strange” to “The Division.”

Ian Spriggs, Paul Debevec and Scott Eaton — Total Chaos

How are technological leaps in GPUs, light fields and AI changing CG art and digital humans? Three industry luminaries join Chris for a fascinating discussion.

Jake Williams and Greg Rogers — WeWork

Colossally successful coworking company WeWork needs lots of renders in no time. Join the guys who head up its visualization team to find out how they do it.

Mike Hill — Designer, Concept Artist and Film Analyst

“Blade Runner 2049,” “Love, Death & Robots” and “Game of Thrones” designer talks about his career so far and puts a microscope to the DNA of “Jurassic Park.”

The new features you need to know in V-Ray Next for 3ds Max

Are you using the full power of V-Ray Next in your workflow? Vlado Koylazov reveals the essential new features V-Ray Next for 3ds Max, update 2.

Victor Hugo Queiroz — Character Artist

CG legend Victor tells Chris about how he developed his style, what it’s like to work for Disney and Marvel — and how he puts the character into his characters.

Jose Pareja Gomez and Marko Margeta — Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects’ incredible designs require cutting-edge technology, new visualization techniques — and a bunch of creativity. Find out how they do it.

Phil Miller and Simeon Balabanov — V-Ray and real-time, Chaos Group

Rasterization, real-time and ray tracing: Join two of the Chaos Group experts that are helping users to create photorealistic imagery at phenomenal speeds.

Darin Grant — CTO, Animal Logic

How has the cloud changed the way VFX are created? And what happens when your favorite company is acquired by a big one? Join industry guru Darin to find out.

Gray Marshall — Colorist, finisher and VFX artist

“Avengers: Endgame” and “Roma” colorist tells Chris about his crucial role in movie production including the last 11 Marvel films.

Robert Christophe — Victory Dojo/New Voices Academy

From sensei to cinema screen: discover how this karate sensei is using his skills to teach teens about writing, filming and acting for a short movie.

Craig Shimahara — Architecture of Hope

Los Angeles’ lucrative architecture industry is at odds with the city’s homelessness epidemic. Craig Shimahara reveals how uniting the two can help everyone.

Kirk Shintani — Elastic: Game of Thrones opening credits

With Game of Thrones' titles reaching their end, Art Director and Head of 3D Kirk reflects on nine years of V-Ray-rendered explorations of mini Westeros.

Kat Harris — VR/AR Developer, Magnopus

The first woman to be Unity Game Engine-certified discusses her career, what it’s like to be a smart jock — and her passion for Dungeons and Dragons.

Afonso Salcedo — Creative Producer, Photographer, Lighting Artist

He escaped “Azkaban,” made “Ratoutille” and driven “Cars 2.” As he prepares to chill for “Frozen 2,” Afonso Salcedo tells Chris about his transatlantic career.

Greg Lynn — Architect and Designer

Architectural innovator and technology enthusiast tells Chris and Lon about Gita, a robotic companion which could change the way we interact with cityscapes.

Cris Blyth — Director/VFX Supervisor, What’s Good Studios

From Edinburgh to East Africa via Los Angeles: How this Renaissance man of gaming, commercials and VFX has traveled the world — and always landed on his feet.

Eric Miller — CTO, Gnomon School

Teaching techniques, trending technology and top talent — find out how the #1 ranked CG school sets up its students for careers in the VFX and game industry.

Andy Wilkoff — CG Lead/TD, A52

Do VFX companies have a heart? “X-Men” and “I, Robot” VFX artist — and 3D printing pro — tells Chris how he got through tough times in a turbulent industry.

Jerome Denjean — Love, Death and Robots, Blur Studio

This week, Chris gets a behind-the-scenes look at Love Death & Robots, one of the boldest animation anthologies ever made.