Articles in CG Garage

Jim Lammers — President, Trinity3D and Trinity Animation

When industry legend Jim Lammers isn't creating 3D content, including "Archer" sets, he's purveying the latest VFX software. He tells Chris and Lon his story.

Jody Madden — CEO, Foundry

How do you keep people positive during times of uncertainty? Foundry CEO Jody Madden reflects on 20 years in the VFX industry — and prepares for future shifts.

Michael Golden — Founder & Visualist, Three Marks

This podcast will change the way you create arch-viz. Three Marks’ Michael Golden explains his philosophy behind great images that keep your client happy.

Alberto Mielgo — Director, LD+R’s “The Witness”

Examining “The Witness:” Director Alberto Mielgo on making one of “Love, Death & Robots’” most memorable episodes — and his dreams of animated Oscar success.

Matthias Buehler — Founder & CTO, vrbn studios

Arch viz and VFX meet in the fascinating career of Matthias Buehler, who’s helped build the CityEngine software and brought realistic cities to movies and games.

Alexander Soklev — V-Ray GPU Team Lead, Chaos Group

V-Ray GPU is awesomely powerful — and with out-of-core rendering, it’s only going to get better. Join Chaos Group’s Alex Soklev for a peek behind-the-scenes.

Esdras Varagnolo — SVP of Creative Production, SkyDance

Esdras Varagnolo powered up Pixar’s pipeline — and now he’s bringing his expertise to Skydance. He tells Chris about his incredible, boundary-pushing career.

Lauren Mayer-Beug — Creative Director, Chapeau Studios

She’s created butterflies for the Apple Watch, Facebook Friendaversaries — and even graphics for Oscar night. Meet versatile creative director Lauren Mayer-Beug.

Duncan Crabtree-Ireland — Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, SAG-AFTRA

Can I get sued for creating a CG likeness without permission? Lawyer Duncan Crabtree-Ireland explains how copyright law applies to digidoubles and deepfakes.

Alex Nijmeh — Head of Workflow at Walt Disney Animation Studios

From "The Day After Tomorrow" to the computing of the future: Disney's Alex Nijmeh tells Chris how his enthusiasm for VFX took him on some truly amazing adventures.

Juan Gomez — Lead Technical Account Manager, Epic Games

What is “virtual production?” Epic Games’ Juan Gomez tells Chris Nichols how technology from the games industry is sparking a filmmaking revolution.

Koki Nagano — Principal Scientist, Pinscreen

Want to create a perfect digital human? USC alum and Pinscreen Principal Scientist Koki Nagano tells Chris how deepfakes and CGI could help us cross the uncanny valley.

EJ Hassenfratz — 3D Creative Director, School of Motion

From public broadcasting to online presenting: EJ Hassenfratz tells Chris about the path to becoming a respected Cinema 4D instructor and 3D Creative Director

Wael AbdAlmageed — Machine Learning Scientist, ISI

Deepfake videos are a new battleground in the war against online misinformation. Join Wael AbdAlmageed to discover how he’s developing weapons to combat them.

Olcun Tan — Owner, Gradient Effects/Secret Lab

After a long history of working at visual effects companies, Olcun Tan started his own. He reveals the de-aging secrets of some of the huge projects he’s worked on.

Justin Denton — Artist, Writer and Director, Blur Studio

Justin Denton, the creator of some of virtual reality’s most thrilling experiences, returns to discuss his directorial role at Blur Studio and the state of VR.

Sally Slade, Kat Harris and Emily Van Belleghem — Magnopus Takeover

Magnopus takes over the CG Garage podcast. Three wonder women from the innovative studio take the reins to talk technology, diversity, robot butlers — and more.

Andrea Blasich — Sculptor, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Traditional sculpting techniques still play an important role in CG film production. Talented sculptor Andrea Blasich tells Chris about the pros and cons of clay.

Revealing the 16 greatest CG Garage podcasts of 2019

Chris Nichols rounds up the must-listen-to podcasts of last year, featuring Hollywood directors, pioneering architects, VFX wizards — and esports matriarchs.

Tim Miller — Director, “Terminator: Dark Fate”

“Terminator: Dark Fate,” “Love, Death & Robots” and “Deadpool” director, Tim Miller, returns to CG Garage to offer a human perspective on the Hollywood machine.

Ivona Alexandrova — Total Chaos / THU Golden Ticket Winner

Ivona’s imaginative competition entry won her a trip to THU — and a place on the podcast. This bright VFX student tells Chris about her education and ambitions.

Vicki Dobbs Beck — Executive in Charge, ILMxLAB

From immigrants to immortal galactic overlords: The business of creating compelling immersive experiences at ILM’s cutting-edge new technology division.

Pedro Conti — Director, Flooul Animation

From Sao Paolo to Los Angeles: How music and animation have helped CG Artist and Director Pedro Conti get through tough times and be true to his heart.

Alex Nice and Robert Nederhorst — John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum

Glass act: “John Wick 3’s” VFX supervisor and concept artist reflect on creating the movie’s incredible translucent sets — and then smashing them up.