Pinoy behind Hollywood’s stunning visual effects
If you loved the eye-popping visual effects in big Hollywood-made movies since the late 1980s, chances are they are the handiwork of a Filipino. Filipino-American Ariel Velasco Shaw is considered a pioneer of sorts in visual effects, being at the industryâ€™s forefront for more than 25 years.
â€œBefore that, I dabbled into still photography, which was my first love,” the Manila-born Shaw told the Asian Journal in a recent interview. But he said his world opened when he discovered the wonders of filmmaking. He has since become a leader in the digital production community.
To date, he continues to widen his reach as he ventures into 3-D filmmaking. Shaw started his career in 1984 when he joined the New York Institute of Technology, one of the premier computer graphics facilities in the world.
â€œHis early research in digital imaging set the foundation for todayâ€™s digital imaging production process,” the Asian Journal said.