Damian Allen is a VFX supervisor and pipeline consultant based in LA. He specializes in picture-lock emergency effects work and AR and VR tool development through his company Pixerati LLC. In addition to his hands-on production work, Damian lectures and trains artists around the world in compositing theory and technique.

Removing glare from glasses

Removing glare from glasses

There are all kinds of finishing effects that are within the grasp of the average editor. You just need to know the recipe. Removing reflections and glare from glasses is…

Virtual Production: It’s the future you need to know about

Virtual Production: It’s the future you need to know about

In an age of dizzying technological churn, it’s hard to know which emerging fringe tech is worth paying attention to. Not so with virtual production: Anyone who’s experienced…

Blender 2.8: A Maya killer for free?

Blender 2.8: A Maya killer for free?

Last week we took a brief look at the news that Autodesk had released an affordable Indie version of Maya, and that the Blender Foundation had simultaneously released the long…

2019: The year of affordable 3D

2019: The year of affordable 3D

With the announcement of Maya Indie and the release of user-friendly Blender 2.8, the democratization of high-end 3D animation has finally arrived. Back in the nineties, an…

Unboxing the tech of the new Mac Pro

Unboxing the tech of the new Mac Pro

If you’re secretly confused by the techno jargon being used to market the new Mac Pro, you’re not alone. To many, the real question is: Which users will…

Switching to Windows: the hidden cost

Switching to Windows: the hidden cost

As with many folk in the film industry, the absence of Nvidia options from Apple’s line of laptops forced me to look at Windows offerings. A not inconsiderable amount…

Resolve 15: Blackmagic integrates Fusion into Resolve

Resolve 15: Blackmagic integrates Fusion into Resolve

Blackmagic’s grading tool turned NLE is on track to become a complete finishing platform–rivaling Autodesk’s Smoke and Flame platforms–thanks to the incorporation of the Fusion compositor…

Easy, fast and secure media file transfer–the Bigfoot of post

Easy, fast and secure media file transfer–the Bigfoot of post

I have a long list of “It’s 2017, how come we haven’t figured out how to…” questions. Topping that list (alongside why Siri still can’t look up…

Fusion 9 in depth review

Fusion 9 in depth review

There was a lot of chatter around Fusion a couple of years back when Blackmagic acquired the company. But in the ensuing time spent porting to Mac and Linux, the…

Siggraph 2017: the beginning of the end for assistant editors

Siggraph 2017: the beginning of the end for assistant editors

Siggraph 2017 is essentially an NAB show for Pixar computer science geeks and VFX artists. But it also reveals the cutting edge of technology poised to make its way into…