Derek Spears

Derek Spears currently serves as a VFX Supervisor and Creative Director at Pixomondo.

Derek Spears currently serves as a VFX Supervisor and Creative Director at Pixomondo.

His career has straddled both Art and Technology. He began working for Silicon Graphics where he helped develop the Cineon Digital Compositing System, which received an AMPAS Technical Achievement Award. From there, Derek moved to Cinesite where he helped found its 3D Computer Graphics department. He has worked on Feature Films, Commercials and Television at VIFX, Digital Domain and Rhythm & Hues.

His work at Digital Domain won a Silver Clio for the spot Virtual Andre. While at Rhythm & Hues as a Visual Effects Supervisor, he won a VES award for the Feature Film The Sum of All Fears and a Bake-Off appearance for the third film in the Mummy franchise.

Derek has been involved in the resurgent era of Television, working on Visual Effects for such shows as The Walking Dead, Black Sails, The Orville and Watchmen. He has won three Emmys and a VES award for Game of Thrones.

Derek is a member of both the Television and Motion Picture Academies and has served on the Special Visual Effects Peer Group Executive Committee. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and is an Instrument-rated pilot.

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Awards & Nominations

3 Nominations | 3 Emmys
Outstanding Special Visual Effects - 2018
  • Winner
  • Derek Spears, Lead CG Supervisor
  • Game Of Thrones
  • "Beyond The Wall"
  • HBO
  • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; 360 Television/Startling Television
Outstanding Special Visual Effects - 2016
  • Winner
  • Derek Spears, Lead CG Supervisor
  • Game Of Thrones
  • "Battle Of The Bastards"
  • HBO
  • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360/Startling Television
Outstanding Special Visual Effects - 2015
  • Winner
  • Derek Spears, Lead CG Supervisor
  • Game Of Thrones
  • "The Dance Of Dragons"
  • HBO
  • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360 and Startling Television
2018 Special Visual Effects Nominee Reception
2018 Special Visual Effects Nominee Reception
Joe Bauer, Stuart Brisdon, Steve Kullback, Derek Spears, Matthew Rouleau, Adam Chazen, Jabbar Raisani and James Kinnings backstage at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmys.
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2018 Special Visual Effects Nominee Reception
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Tim Jacobsen, Derek Spears, and Terron Pratt at the 2018 Special Visual Effects Nominee Reception at the Television Academy on Monday, August 27, 2018 in North Hollywood, California.

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2018 Special Visual Effects Nominee Reception
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Michelle Pak and Derek Spears at the 2018 Special Visual Effects Nominee Reception at the Television Academy on Monday, August 27, 2018 in North Hollywood, California.

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Joe Bauer, Stuart Brisdon, Steve Kullback, Derek Spears, Matthew Rouleau, Adam Chazen, Jabbar Raisani and James Kinnings backstage at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmys.
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Joe Bauer, Stuart Brisdon, Steve Kullback, Derek Spears, Matthew Rouleau, Adam Chazen, Jabbar Raisani and James Kinnings backstage at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmys.

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