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Dwayne Burgess, concept artist — “Fargo” and “American Ninja Warrior”

CGI obviously has a big role in post-production, but in this podcast, Chris talks to concept artist Dwayne Burgess about how it’s used before filming. Dwayne was inspired by theatrical design to pursue his career path, and after a fortuitous meeting on a B-movie, he worked his way up to art director at NBC Universal.

Today, Dwayne is a freelance concept artist, creating renders for TV shows including Fargo and American Ninja Warrior. He explains what his role is in a production, how he interacts with set designers and directors of photography, plus how V-Ray for SketchUp has improved his workflow.


Dwayne Burgess’s official site >

Dwayne Burgess on IMBd >

Chaos Group interview with Dwayne >


5:13 How Dwayne got into concept art

11:01 Getting into 3D

15:08 Responsibilities on American Ninja Warrior

25:23 Using V-Ray for SketchUp

36:17 V-Ray 5 for SketchUp

44:09 Offices versus working from home

49:48 The future of interactive broadcasting

54:52 The importance of Dwayne’s role

59:58 Working with the director of photography

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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