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Anton Ognyev


  • generalist

  • FX

  • XR


I am 3D Generalist, Lighting TD, Visual Effects TD with 5 years of the game industry and 14 years of the movie industry experience. Worked as a Lighting TD in Sydney, Australia, and then 10 years of water FX at Weta Digital (waterfalls, rivers, oceans, waves, blood, goo and everything in between). Then around 5 years of various effects like fire and destruction at Weta digital. I worked on Avatar, all 3 Hobbits, Tin-tin, numerous superhero movies, Alita, and Disney “Avatar” scheme park simulations.

I graduated from university as a system analyst/software developer many years ago. So recently I put my focus on the production of VR and AR experiences and trying to balance now between VFX freelancing and VR and AR software development.

Brett Johansen


  • generalist


VFX/Animation/Filmmaking generalist for 16 years, have more recently worked as a CGI lighting and comp supervisor. I’ve had a wide-ranging career working on smaller projects for online, television and films, either freelance or at small Wellington companies.

Dharmik Metha


  • junior compositor

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Junior Compositor specializing in Roto/Cleanup and Comp work. Have worked approx 7-8 months as an intern as a junior compositor and developed and learned a lot from there. Currently working as a freelancer for them too.

Katie Hecker Scheid


  • compositor

  • paint artist

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I’ve worked as a VFX artist internationally for over 20 years with roles including Head of 2D at Photon Studio Auckland and 2d Lead at Rising Sun Pictures in Australia. I worked as a Senior and Lead compositor on the 3 films of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and have worked on everything from small independent projects to international blockbusters in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand. My favourite credit was for my work on the Cohen Brother’s The Big Lebowski.

I’m currently based in New Zealand and available for local or remote work.

Laure Lacroix


  • compositing


I have over 20 years of experience in the VFX industry as both a compositor and a texture artist. I started in France doing compositing work on music videos, short movies, commercials and feature films including The City of the Lost Children and Alien Resurrection among others.

In 2000 I came to New Zealand to join the Weta Digital team. While there I worked as a compositor, lead compositor and texture artist on numerous feature films including The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, King Kong and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. More recently, I have been enjoying doing some compositing work for smaller companies on short movies, commercials and TV series like Wellington Paranormal and The Luminaries.

I am available for compositing work.

Michele Nettleton


  • producer

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With a multi-faceted international career in Visual Effects; Film & Animation working in various capacities for Studio and Vendors across complex, long-term projects Michele has a thorough understanding of Bidding, pre-development and production processes across the visual effects pipeline whether it be setting up production workflow on location and or facility-based.

Before relocating to New Zealand in late 2017, Michele worked on innovative and influential film projects in the USA, Asia, Pacifica & Australia for Warner Bros, Columbia Pictures – Sony Entertainment, Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic & Tippet Studios. In 2006 she was employed by Lucasfilm to oversee and structure the development of the VFX Department for ILM at their 1st International Studio in Singapore.

Her most recent role was with Netflix on Cowboy Bebop as the VFX Production Manager in New Zealand for EP1 – 4.

Rowena Patterson


  • post production supervisor

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Work in Post Production on live-action and animation shows co-ordinating Editors, Directors, Producers & VFX in Sound & Picture for final delivery. Worked in London for 10 years and last 4 years at Pukeko Pictures on various TV, Features and 2 long running Kids Animation shows. Am the Post Supervisor on Wellington Paranormal and have recently been a Producer YAP-TRAP Kids animation show for TVNZ HeiHei.

Sharon Lark


  • vfx producer

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Working as an independently contracted VFX Producer in the UK over the last 20 years for Features & TV my role encompassed negotiation with both Studios (Disney/Sony/Paramount) and Facilities ensuring cost effective management of VFX budgets ranging between US$300k to $100M. Key to this, a continually evolving understanding of VFX from both a technical and creative standpoint combined with the ability to build strong relationships.

Re-locating to New Zealand in 2013 and commissioned by ITV UK & Pukeko Pictures NZ as Originating Producer of 26 part TV series “Thunderbirds Are Go”, building a small facility for the purpose. Following this, Aus / NZ Co-production TV Series “Cleverman” as VFX Producer moving into the role of NZ Producer for Season 2. Joined the Working Title / BBC Production of “The Luminaries” as VFX Consultant continuing in this role for Goalpost Pictures features “Invisible Man” and “I am Woman”.

Available in a consulting role or to budget & manage projects from script to delivery.

Tim Gaul


  • animator

  • TD

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I’m a feature film and television previs animator with experience in supervision and directing. I’ve also written workflow tools and pipeline code for Maya with Python. I’m currently working in virtual production with Weta Digital.

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