Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Thursdays Guest

Thomas Bittikoffer is from Dallas, Texas where he got his start in post production and visual effects.  In 1996 he began work with an eclectic studio Intelecon, He began with Alias' Power Animator until the introduction of Maya in 1998.  While at Intelecon, Thomas helped pioneer stereoscopic 3D production by making the world's first stereoscopic music video which was the largest stereoscopic projected image in the world for the rock band KISS.  After the success of that project, Thomas started a small boutique visual effects studio in Dallas called Tribe FX where they served corporate and commercial clients  In the fall of 2001, Thomas took leave from his studio to pursue a bachelor's degree in English, all the while freelancing to help pay expenses for school.  In 2005, Thomas continued freelancing but expanded his clients to include west coast production agencies.  In 2007 he and his family moved to Los Angeles where he freelanced at some of the best regarded studios in the commercial visual effects industry.  In 2008, he took a staff position at Interlace Media where he built a production pipeline for streamlining the rendering of CG elements used by a team of compositors to build final picture.  In 2012 Thomas resumed freelancing, landing at Stardust Studios where he currently is a VFX generalist.  Thomas's research interests include generating a volumetric, tiered lookup table for the addressing of full-parallax 3d content and the display of such material using MEMS and piezoelectric optical elements.

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