I worked as the lead cameraman and colorist for Custom Film Effects founded by Mark Dornfeld. Mark and the artists at his company turned out excellent work for a large number of high profile feature films.
A cute stop motion spot directed by Lisha Tan. I was the cinematographer and VFX supervisor.
I was the on set VFX supervisor for this charming spot directed by Lawrence Guterman and starring Sean Hayes. Larry also thought I looked the part and cast me as "God". I had great fun.
Filmed all by my lonesome in the depths of the Pandemic (hence the hair) an example of breaking social distancing safely.
Here is a proof of concept of the techniques outlined in our new book. Read it, if you dare.
I taught my class how to create a "Sin City" style public service spot. The technique demonstrated how to use Red Green and Blue colors to create the effect.
Here I taught the class how to integrate miniatures and scale effects to create an amusing spot on a very small stage. The prop coin was a photo glued to a film can.
This was another scale project using several plastic parts from a garbage can, a tool box, and a dish rack to create the miniature space station and placing the camera atop a 20 foot ladder to get the proper scale for the alien.
Check out this excerpt from an interview with Mark about the new book. Watch the full interview on
Mark Sawicki entered the visual effects field as an effects cameraman, animator and compositor in the late 70s. As a co supervisor for Area 51 on Tom Hanks special From the Earth to the Moon Sawicki was part of the combined use of models, motion control and CGI as a pivotal transition point between the traditional and digital eras. Mark went on to become visual effects supervisor and lead cameraman for Custom Film effects working on such films as Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Returns. At the start of the 21st century Mark took a hiatus from VFX production to write books, create video programs for the Stan Winston School of Character Arts, Act and teach at a variety of film schools. He has now re-entered the field as a consultant and corporate trainer.
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