Visual Effects That Stood the Test of Time With VFX Designer Daniel Martin
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If you were wondering why the effects of movies like Jurassic Park or Terminator 2 are still so real, it’s because they were made by a team that knew their limits. Daniel Martin is an award-winning VFX designer and model maker. He has developed his incredible talents in films such as Possessor, Host, Color Out of Space, Lords of Chaos, and many more. Since he was a child, Dan has been fascinated with special effects as a form of magic; a hoax in the service of a narrative for an audience eager to suspend disbelief. As such, it approaches each effect as a unique challenge, not just as an isolated product, but as an event integral to the world of history. With an ever-growing list of award-winning film and television series credits, Dan has developed quality work that meets the unique creative and budgeting requirements of each film.

Here is what you’ll learn:

  • Daniel tells how he became interested in magic as a child and then, watching movies, learned about special effects, and felt that it was like magic but with a greater end.
  • The importance of experience to know how to establish your limits within the industry and not burnout.
  • With a mixture of planning and experience, you can make a cheap effect look good, as long as you know what you're doing. 
  • Why Daniel likes working with directors who know what they want, but listens to ideas that come from his subordinates.
  • Daniel’s happiness for being part of Possessor, a fantastic movie where there are no digital effects, and everything is in camera.
  • Movies like Jurassic Park and Terminator 2, have visual effects that stood the test of time, because they had a very experienced team that knew the limits of the medium they were working with.


To learn more about Daniel visit his website, and follow him on Instagram.

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