About

About

Ben is an environment artist and matte painter currently working at Weta Digital, Wellington. He has previously worked at Animal Logic Sydney and MPC London.

His more recent film credits include The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017), The Lego Batman Movie (2017), Alien: Covenant (2017), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 (2017), Unbroken (2014), Prometheus (2012), Skyfall (2012) and Man of Steel (2012). In 2010 he was part of the matte painting team that was the recipient of the VES award for best matte paintings in commercial or broadcast in the Animal Logic TVC 'Emerald Cities' (2009)

He has a strong artistic abilities combined with a technical background focusing on matte painting projections and photogrametery techniques. With a strong understanding of compositing workflows, recently he has been looking to extend that skill set exploring the possibilities provided by software such as Houdini.

Credit List

Rampage (digital matte painter) 2018

The LEGO NINJAGO Movie (digital matte painter) 2017

Alien: Covenant (digital matte painter) 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 (digital matte painter) 2017

The LEGO Batman Movie (digital matte painter) 2017

Allegiant (digital matte painter) 2016

Monk Comes Down the Mountain (digital matte painter) 2016

Unbroken (senior matte painter) 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy (digital artist) 2014

The Counsellor (digital artist: MPC) 2013

RED 2 (lead environment artist) 2013

Man of Steel (digital artist: MPC) 2013

Skyfall (digital artist: MPC) 2012

Prometheus (digital artist: MPC) 2012

Happy Feet 2 (digital matte painter) 2011

Sucker Punch (digital matte painter) 2011

Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace (TV Movie) (digital matte painter) 2011

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (digital matte painter) 2010

Knowing (digital matte painter) 2009

Australia (matte painter: Animal Logic) 2008

Plastic (Short) (visual effects assistant) 2008

 

Recommendations

My team and I had the pleasure to work with Ben for two years on a number of different projects.

He quickly felt comfortable and integrated with the rest of the team and he established him self as a solid and multi-talented artist, able to work on a range of tasks from 2.5D Matte Paintings to Digital Environments.

The respect he earned often made him a great candidate for tricky tasks and he never disappointed anyone, achieving good quality output well within the (often tight) schedule constraints.

Moreover, he always kept a good attitude and a positive spirit and this together with his communication skills convinced me to give him a chance as one of my leads and once again, I he didn’t disappoint.

All in all Ben is a star and I really hope he will decide to move back to Europe or Canada to work as one of the diamonds of our global team.
— Marco Genovese, Head of 3D Digital Matte Painting at MPC
Ben is one of the core Snr DMP/Environment artists at Animal Logic. He has a fabulous photographic eye, a creative ability that produces quality every time and the technical chops to back it all up.

Ben is steadfast and reliable. He is your go to guy when you absolutely positively need to get a job done to the best standard possible. Professional to a fault, he will approach any task calmly and methodically, taking responsibility for all aspects of a shot with no need for supervision and little direction.

Bens all round ability means he can model, surface, light, render, composite and final any shot.

Any production would be lucky to have him on board.
— Dudley Birch, Lead Mattepainter at Animal Logic