Chaos
Products
Discover V-Ray Collection

Ecosystem

IndustriesEducation
Learn more
Community
ResourcesGallery

What are you looking for?

podcast banner

Matan Abel—Virtual Art Department Supervisor, Happy Mushroom

Over the past 15 years, Matan Abel has worked on lots of cutting-edge VFX projects, including the game Call of Duty, numerous car commercials and movies such as 2012, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Last Airbender, Red Tails and Fast & Furious 5. Now, Matan’s getting into real-time via John Wick: Chapter 3: Parabellum’s virtual pre-production and The Mandalorian’s virtual sets.

In this podcast, Matan tells former boss Chris how his laid-back approach and honesty have helped his career trajectory. He talks about how he loves lighting tail lights despite knowing nothing about cars; overcoming cultural, linguistic and time barriers when he worked in China; and the practical and financial reasons behind the rise of real-time in movies. 

Links:

Happy Mushroom >

Matan Abel on ArtStation >

Matan Abel on IMDb >


Chapters:

4:09 When Matan met Chris

7:46 Videogames and working at Activision

10:21 Why Chris hired Matan

19:19 Going back to car commercials

25:12 Joining Pixomondo

28:37 Pop-ups and pipelines

33:52 Being a generalist

39:34 Going to China

49:54 Joining John Wick 3

57:45 Thoughts on the future of filmmaking



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.

Chaos
V-RayChaos CosmosChaos ScansPhoenix FDVantageChaos Cloud
© 2021 Chaos Software OOD. All Rights reserved. Chaos®, V-Ray® and Phoenix FD® are registered trademarks of Chaos Software OOD in Bulgaria and/or other countries.