Visual Effects | Dr Stuart Bender, Brendan Seals
As visual effects technologies advance and audience engagement changes, what could movies look like in the future?
In this episode, Sarah is joined by Dr Stuart Bender and VFX Supervisor Brendan Seals, who has worked on 30 movies, including the Oscar-nominated Spider-Man: No Way Home, for VFX vendor Luma Pictures.
They discuss how visual effects are used on screen more than we realise, examine why audience reactions to visual effects have changed in the past 20 years, and predict how new technologies could transform the visual effects industry and even impact the real world.
- Brendan’s visual effects work [01:19]
- How audience attitudes to visual effects have changed [05:14]
- LED StageCraft technologies as seen in The Mandalorian [13:02]
- Shooting on camera vs. adding visual effects: the case of Top Gun: Maverick [15:13]
- Deepfakes in the industry and the real world [19:05]
- Advice for future visual effects artists [26:42]
- What’s next for Stuart and Brendan? [31:27]
- Curtin University: Screen Arts Undergraduate major
- YouTube: Spider-Man: No Way Home | VFX Breakdown | Luma Pictures
- Industrial Light & Magic: Stagecraft
- The Guardian: What are deepfakes – and how can you spot them?
Connect with our guests
Dr Stuart Bender is the Major Coordinator for the Screen Arts program at Curtin University in the new Bachelor of Creative Arts.
He has heavily researched psychological responses to high-emotion media, including cinema visual effects. In the past few years, he has frequently offered expert commentary on representations of violence, trauma and aggression in the media.
- Dr Bender’s LinkedIn profile
- Dr Bender’s staff profile
- Journal of Popular Film and Television: Blood in the Corridor
Brendan Seals is a Visual Effects Supervisor at Luma Pictures, a world-class VFX studio based in Melbourne, Australia. With a design background in FX, lighting and composition, Seals’s credentials include working on the Oscar-nominated and critically acclaimed Spider-Man: No Way Home and Jojo Rabbit.
He is a graduate of Curtin University’s Bachelor of Arts program.
- Seals’s LinkedIn profile
- Luma Pictures’s website
- YouTube: Brendan Seals, visual effects artist | Curtin Alumni
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