After debuting its season premiere on December 30th, we are now already three episodes into Season Two of "The Orville," Fox's sci-fi "dramedy" on which I have been working as Visualization Lead for over seven months. It has been my longest stretch on a project in a leadership capacity, and I have immense pride in the work the team at Pixomondo has been able to accomplish this season. Episodes air every Thursday at 9PM PST on Fox, and my first episode of the season is coming up on January 17th! I hope you will tune in and share your thoughts online. You can view the project page for it on my website here.
I am a Visualization Supervisor and Senior Animator in Los Angeles with over eighteen years of experience crafting powerful, cinematic moments for the entertainment industry. Clients include Disney, Marvel Studios, 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios. Before my career in the film and advertising industry, I worked at Rockstar Games, where I was a Senior Animator on Red Dead Redemption. I also illustrate and create visual art in my spare time.
WHAT IS VISUALIZATION?
Visualization is a process that allows a complicated production to be imagined in advance, usually with the use of computer animation. It is commonly used to help plan out sections of entertainment projects like films, television shows, commercials, VR experiences, and theme park rides.
An example of visualization in action is "previsualization" artists using 3D software to animate an early version of a feature film sequence that will rely on complicated visual effects. The extra amount of detail provided by this first pass of the sequence is a crucial blueprint for the director, cast, and crew once production begins.
After the film is shot, "postvis artists" use software to finish a rough pass of incomplete shots that feature bluescreens and other stand-in material. These updated shots become clear enough for editors and test audiences to follow the action of the film, so studios can get a sense of what is working as a film evolves in post-production. By the time the final VFX are finished, the previs and postvis work is fully replaced, with no trace left for audiences other than the guide for compositions and timing that only a team of skilled visualization artists can quickly provide.