Movies are cool. They're exciting to work on, and there's a sense of pride in knowing that you were a part of something monumental. There is a constant push to create VFX that are both artistic and realistic. Quality is of highest priority.

Television, I've discovered, is a different beast. The pace is much faster; every week there is new villain, a new challenge on screen and off. Television demands movie quality, but without the development time or schedule…

Which is why starting my career in the movie industry before transitioning to television was so valuable. It allowed me to develop a skill-set and compile an arsenal of knowledge that enabled me to apply cinematic quality rigging to the fast-pace of television programming.

Encore VFX

Head of Rigging

Movies are cool. They're exciting to work on, and there's a sense of pride in knowing that you were a part of something monumental. There is a constant push to create VFX that are both artistic and realistic. Quality is of highest priority.

Television, I've discovered, is a different beast. The pace is much faster; every week there is new villain, a new challenge on screen and off. Television demands movie quality, but without the development time or schedule…

Which is why starting my career in the movie industry before transitioning to television was so valuable. It allowed me to develop a skill-set and compile an arsenal of knowledge that enabled me to apply cinematic quality rigging to the fast-pace of television programming.

The Flash

Flash - Elongated Man - Devoe - Dominators - The Monster - Black Flash - Zoom - Gorilla Army - Rival - Time Wraith - etc

The only thing faster than the Flash is his production schedule. The Flash has some of the most technically challenging characters on television, and there is a new one every week. There are few of my rigging feats that I feel are worth mentioning:

Elongated Man, with his ability to squash, stretch, shrink, wrap, and morph into any form, quickly proved to be one of the most technically demanding characters on Flash. Every week he needed to bend or twist into some unexpected shape, and the rig needed to be updated to handle the challenge.

The Dominators appeared in a Arrowverse cross-over event including Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and Arrow. The original model enabled the Dominators to transform into a six-limbed species that could transition from walking on feet to skittering on finger and toe tips. But somewhere in production they got paired down to humanoids. The baby dominator, Gumball, appeared on Legends of Tomorrow.

Crowd simulation allows us to create a mass population of characters without individually rigging each and every one. The Flash needed Golaem-compatible rigs for populating Gorilla City and Dr. Devoe's army of clones.

Supergirl

Supergirl - Superman - White Martian - Master Jailer - Black Mercy - etc

I joined Encore half way through Supergirl's second season, and it was clear that the show needed a lot of work. The team and I re-rigged all main characters, and rebuilt the rig system to add in much needed functionality and capability. I like to think quality took a huge jump up, and I know the animators appreciated not having to struggle with the rigs anymore.

Legends of Tomorrow

Gumball - Atom - Leviathan - Waverider - etc

Legends is a quirky show with space and time travel, which means we never know what's going to come down the production pipeline. Cute baby alien…sure. Giant automatons battling over the city…why not. A furry, blue teddy-bear wrestling a demon…well…okay.