NAME: Peter Hunt
CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COMPANY?
Zoic Studios is a visual effects company, based in Culver City, California, and Vancouver, British Columbia, that creates VFX for films, TV, commercials, games and digital experiences.
WHAT’S YOUR JOB TITLE?
WHAT DOES THAT ENTAIL?
It means I have two sets of bosses and responsibilities.
1. Supporting the creative vision of our client through the VFX supervisor.
2. Making sure my team and departments have the technical and artistic means to bring that vision to the screen.
WHAT WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE THE MOST ABOUT WHAT FALLS UNDER THAT TITLE?
That I’m surrounded by wizards and warlocks! Even with all the fangled-dangled futuristic computers we have these days, it takes a team of skilled and talented people to make the “movie magic” of VFX happen.
WHAT TOOLS DO YOU USE?
Several industry standard tools, including Maya, V-Ray, Nuke, Mari and Photoshop with a healthy serving of Zoic custom life-saving proprietary tools on the side!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB?
When the first proof-of-concept visual effects shots come together, and the team gets excited to see the plan in motion. Every rewarding project starts with the fear of: “How are we going to do this?” And that leads to the excitement of: “This is going to be fantastic!”
WHAT’S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
I love my job and every part of it… Oh, I had no idea my boss would be reading this! The real answer would be you never have enough time to take a shot as far you’d like to. There’s a saying that art is never finished, you just run out of time. This is certainly true in VFX.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TIME OF THE DAY?
Not mornings. I will never be that guy in a Folger’s Coffee commercial singing about the best part of waking up…
IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE THIS JOB, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING INSTEAD?
Well since none of the professional procrastinator companies are hiring, I’ll go with something in the architect and design field.
HOW EARLY ON DID YOU KNOW THIS WOULD BE YOUR PATH?
I’m thinking pretty early on, since all the things I collected and played with as a kid were space-themed Lego and Star Wars toys, reenacting movie scenes. Lego speaks a lot to visual effects, which is a hybrid of art and engineering. Do you think if I mention Lego enough they’ll send me some freebies? I still regret selling all of mine as a teen at our garage sale.
CAN YOU NAME SOME RECENT PROJECTS YOU HAVE WORKED ON?
The 100 Season 2 (woot-woot!), and ramping up on the final season of Falling Skies.
WHAT IS THE PROJECT THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?
I’m always proud of my current love, in this case, The 100. How many other shows have the characters battling a gorilla one week and on an emergency space walk the next?
NAME THREE PIECES OF TECHNOLOGY YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT.
Fun socks, hot showers and my bicycle.
DO YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE YOU WORK?
When I started my career I used to listen to music at work all the time, as you can never get enough of Hootie & the Blowfish (am I right or am I right people?!). However, these days I spend more time at other artists’ desks mentoring and supervising than at my own listening to ‘90s heartland rock music.
WHAT DO YOU DO TO DE-STRESS FROM IT ALL?
My wonderfully lovely wife and funny looking dog have the power to ease my daily burdens. Beyond that I’m an avid traveler and am lucky enough to have seen much of the world, and that has been a real gift. My travels have certainly influenced and inspired my work creating a visual rolodex of amazing sites, art and reference. Get a passport people, and create the opportunity to see this amazing world we share.