Damian Allen

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Damian Allen is a VFX supervisor and pipeline consultant based in LA. He specializes in stereoscopic and picture-lock emergency effects work 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.

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…

Mobile editing in 2017: Will your next Mac be a Surface Book?

Mobile editing in 2017: Will your next Mac be a Surface Book?

It’s been a busy October with Apple and Microsoft both announcing a refresh to their portable offerings. Is it finally time to think the unthinkable? What will power your…

Review of the new ruggedized Sony RAID

Review of the new ruggedized Sony RAID

When it comes to production-quality hard drives, there are ultimately only two factors that matter: speed and data security. On both counts Sony’s new PSZRA4T more than fits…

Maya 2017: More mograph, less mental ray

Maya 2017: More mograph, less mental ray

Autodesk has announced a major update to its flagship 3D digital content creation package. If you’re not using Maya, its newly found motion graphics legs may give you reason…

An Avid DS for free: Fusion Connect turns your Avid into a finishing powerhouse.

An Avid DS for free: Fusion Connect turns your Avid into a finishing powerhouse.

Blackmagic just announced a free live link from Avid Media Composer to Fusion free or Fusion Studio, their high-end compositing platform. What does that mean to you? Read on…

Redshift and the Law of Moore

Redshift and the Law of Moore

The way you’ve been thinking about building and upgrading your digital video workstation is about to change radically. At least it may by the time you’ve finished reading…

VR is seriously cool. But is there money in it?

VR is seriously cool. But is there money in it?

If you spent just a few minutes at NAB this year you would have picked up the three big themes: 8K, high dynamic range, and VR. While many are scratching…

The essential gear you may not be using on set

The essential gear you may not be using on set

Generations of filmmakers have refined the tools we use to make movies. But if you haven’t been on a few pro sets you may be missing out on using…