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 industry’s forefront for more than 25 years.
“Before 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.
“His early research in digital imaging set the foundation for today’s digital imaging production process,” the Asian Journal said.