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Doug Wilkinson— Global Head of 3D, Buck

This week’s podcast tells the fascinating story of Doug Wilkinson, who worked with Chris on Tron: Legacy and is now head of CG at global creative company Buck. Inspired by Jurassic Park, Doug helped create cutscenes for video games before moving from Boston to LA to join effects companies including Digital Domain, Sway and Buck.

Doug recounts his numerous adventures in visual effects, including creating a David Fincher-directed Heineken ad starring Brad Pitt, working with Joe Kosinski on car commercials, and his latest work, including Apple’s “Share Your Gifts” spot. Doug also shares his thoughts on the CG industry's future, talks about how Buck balances creative freedom with technical innovation and reveals surprising connections to Chris’ friends and co-workers.

Links:

BUCK >

Beer Run with Brad Pitt >

Apple - Share Your Gifts

Share Your Gifts - Behind the Scenes >


Chapters:

5:32 Introducing Doug and his work on Tron: Legacy

8:41 Switching from computer science to art

14:32 New York or LA?

18:37 Getting a job at DD

25:43 Working with Joe Kosinski

32:23 Going freelance

38:33 Getting into Buck

48:19 Doug’s role at Buck

1:01:17 Predictions for the future



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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