Resume

 Zachery P Morris

Compositor/Digital Artist

 

Zachery Morris is currently a Senior Paint artist at Weta Digital with over 7 years experience in feature film industry and has worked as a photographer, editor, motion graphics designer leading him to specialising in visual effects today. Zachery began his career at Park Road Post Production as a Visual Effects artist where he gained  a solid understanding of the film pipeline.  Having worked on over 20 feature film projects from “30 Days of Night” and “Red Cliff” to “Knowing”, “The Lovely Bones” and “District 9”, he quickly found his passion and talent in compositing and visual effects.

In 2011 he joined Weta Digital as a freelance Nuke compositor on “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, before working on a high- profiled episodic TV series “Spartacus” Season 2 & 3 as a Lead Compositor and Nuke pipeline developer at Digipost. In 2013 he returned to Weta Digital to work on Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug ““The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”.

Always striving to expand his knowledge and skills in the industry, Zak continues to push the envelope in this fast moving VFX industry and is now helping to develop Nuke pipelines and plug-ins in Paint department at Weta Digital.

WORK HISTORY

 

2013 – Present Senior Paint Artist & Pipeline Development, Weta Digital
Research & Development for Paint pipeline tools in Python  Various shots completed for markers, rig and proxy performance removals.  Developed 3D Nuke Gizmo Tools for the stereo Paint workflow in Python

Films:

  • The Hobbit: There and Back Again (2014)
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

2013 Lead Compositor, HehFX
Compositing work on a music video using art work by Tatiana Plakhova.  Compositing 3D elements into live action plates and grading to final look and adding 3D/2D effects. The work was based on a concept artist Tatiana Plakhova, www.complexitygraphics.com.

2012 – 2013 Lead Compositor and Pipeline Development, Digipost
Compositing work on Spartacus: War of the Damned. Blue/Green screen keying, intergrating 3D elements into live action plate, 3D tracking and match moving.  Creating BG environments using projection set ups and compositing.  Responsible for leading compositing team and working with VFX supervisor and art director for review sessions and feedbacks from clients. Also worked on a commercial project – DISCOVER A WORLD THAT’S ALWAYS NEW.

2011 – 2012 Nuke Compositor, Digipost
Compositing work on Spartacus: Vengence.  Look development/layout of sequences, blue/Green screen keying, intergrating 3D elements into live action plate, 3D tracking and match moving.  Creating BG environments using projection set ups and compositing.

2011 Nuke Compositor, SauceFX
Compositing work on Spartacus: Vengence.  Blue/Green screen keying, intergrating 3D elements into live action plate, 3D tracking and match moving.  Creating BG environments using projection set ups and compositing.

2011 Nuke Compositor, Weta Digital
Responsible for bringing assigned shots to be composited with all the assets and elements for the following feature films:

  • Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
  • X-Men: First Class
  • The Adventures Of Tintin

2007 – 2010 Shake Artist, Park Road Post Production
Roto/Paint and rig removals as well as compositing in various projects and commercials.  Beta testing various softwares and developing VFX pipeline from the ground up.  2D to 3D conversion work for cinema commercials.

Films:

  • District 9
  • The Lovely Bones
  • Knowing (2009)
  • Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
  • Red Cliff
  • Boy
  • Show of Hands
  • Eagle vs Shark
  • Separation City
  • Rain of the Children
  • Water Horse
  • 30 Days of Night

Commercials:

    • Crown Casino(3D)
    • 100% New Zealand TVC – Youngest Country New Zealand
    • Val Morgan cinema commercials
    • Mini Soho 11(3D)
    • Volkswagen King Kong TVC

Other Projects:

SOFTWARE KNOWLEDGE

 

  • Photoshop: 6 years – Expert
  • AfterEffects: 5 years – Expert
  • Nuke: 7 year – Expert
  • Shake: 3 year – Advance
  • Maya: 2 years – Proficient
  • Final Cut Pro: Advance
SCRIPTING

 

  • Python Script – Advance
  • Nuke Python API – Advance
  • Maya Python API – Novice
EXTRAS

 

  • Visual Effects Society Award – Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Visual Effects Society Award – Outstanding Animated Character in Live Action Feature Motion Picture
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Critics Choice Movie Awards – Best Visual Effects
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Saturn Award – Best Special Effects
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Qantas NZ Television and Film Award Nomination – Best Visual Effects
    Russian Snark
  • Technical Excellence & Creativity Award NominationOutstanding Creative Achievement District 9
  • The short film “Working Day” was selected by New Zealand film legend Sir Peter Jackson as the winner of Tourism New Zealand’s 100% Pure ‘Your Big Break‘ film competition.
EDUCATION

 

  • 2006 – 2007 National College of Design Technology – Diploma in Video Post Production
  • 2005 New Zealand Film Academy – Certificate in Film Making
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