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.

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…

The new iMac Pro–is it worth it? Probably.

The new iMac Pro–is it worth it? Probably.

With the vague announcement of a new Mac Pro to come “sometime” in 2018, Apple-based creatives are being tempted with a new shiny thing: the iMac Pro…

Apple releases a new Mac Pro – a year from now

Apple releases a new Mac Pro – a year from now

In an apparent move to head off mass desertion by creatives across the globe, Apple uncharacteristically announced a new Mac Pro–no, make that announced that they’re working on…

Scorpion VFX: a modern take on the VFX pipeline

Scorpion VFX: a modern take on the VFX pipeline

The team behind the primetime hit series Scorpion takes an unconventional approach to post-production to deliver a staggering number of VFX shots.  Working within a timeline and budget that…

Thunderbolt 3: Now the revolution begins

Thunderbolt 3: Now the revolution begins

2500 megabytes per second drives. Dual 4K displays. External PCIe system expansion. Thunderbolt is no longer just a faster kind of Firewire. It’s a complete desktop ecosystem. In the…

In Search of the New Mac Pro

In Search of the New Mac Pro

It’s the end of 2016, over three years since Apple announced the new, sleek monolith Mac Pro (affectionately?) dubbed the trashcan Mac by the user community. And so what…