Our guest this week on The Random Sample is Luke Emrose, Technical Lead for Rendering at Animal Logic, a company that's been involved in some very big movies in recent years. It's his job to help make amazing things come alive on the big screen.
To make that movie magic happen, though, he needs tools from the mathematical sciences. In this episode, Luke describes how maths and stats is critical to filmmaking.
Luke also hopes that this discussion may inspire students to study mathematics, statistics, physics, and computer science, and to convince some students in those subject areas to consider a career in computer graphics or film.
Luke's advice for others considering a career like his, and he also talks about a chance meeting:
Luke Emrose is the Technical Lead for Rendering at Animal Logic. He is a member of the team that develops the proprietary in-house Animal Logic 3D renderer Glimpse: https://www.fxguide.com/fxfeatured/a-glimpse-at-animal-logic/
- Animal Logic, with offices in Sydney and Vancouver, is recognised as one of the world’s leading independent creative digital studios, producing award winning design, visual effects and animation for 30 years: https://animallogic.com/
- Positions, Internships, and many other opportunities are available here for people interested in a career at Animal Logic: https://animallogic.com/careers/jobs/
- Details about Animal Logic's VFX and Animation Trainee program: https://animallogic.com/animal-logic/news/screen-nsw-animation-and-vfx-pilot-program-trainees-announced/
- Videos and stories from Animal Logic employees: https://animallogic.com/careers/animal-stories/
- Open source production-quality data from Animal Logic for you to download, inspect, learn from, and contribute back to. https://animallogic.com/animal-logic/news/usd-alab/
- VFX specific training by industry professionals: https://animallogicacademy.uts.edu.au/
- Raytracing and path-tracing are the core algorithms used to generate images for films: