The Visual Effects Process Behind Big Budget Television

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February 02, 2024

About The Event

Governors Mary Lou Belli and Anya Adams, along with their Peer Group Executive Committee, invite members of the Art Directors/Set Decorators, Cinematographers, Directors, Lighting/Camera/Technical Arts, Emerging Media Programming, Picture Editors, and Special Visual Effects Peer Groups to

The Visual Effects Process Behind Big Budget Television

Join the Emmy-nominated Visual Effects Supervisor and 2nd Unit Director Chris MacLean for a virtual presentation to discuss workflows on visual effects-heavy projects. Special focus paid to the VFX work behind Apple TV's Foundation series, winner of multiple Visual Effects Society Awards.

During this presentation, we will explore VFX as a creative tool for directors, interdepartmental relations, prepping and previs, VFX in production, VFX in post and all of the glue in between. We will dive into some of the more challenging scenarios a production can face and how visual effects can be used in those situations. We will also look at how to make the most of your visual effects and how to avoid surprises.


  • Chris MacLean, Visual Effects Supervisor and 2nd Unit Director

 Some of Chris' supervisory credits include Digital Effects Supervisor on Guillermo Del Toro's Crimson Peak. He was the VFX Supervisor on Scott Frank's Godless with John Swallow. John and Chris became fast friends and managed one last project together, John Lee Hancock's The Highwaymen. Chris' next project was as the Overall VFX Supervisor on season 2 of American Gods. He is currently the Overall Visual Effects Supervisor for Isaac Asimov's Foundation.

Chris is a member of the Television Academy, the Visual Effects Society, the Directors Guild of Canada and the Directors Guild of America.

For his work on Foundation, Chris won the Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal episode and was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Season or Movie as well as a Hollywood Professional Association Award for Outstanding Visual Effects in an Episode or Series Season. Chris also won a Canadian Screen Award for Achievement in Visual Effects for Pompeii.


  • Jennifer Phang, Director, Foundation on Apple TV+

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Can't make the event? No problem! This event will be recorded and you can watch on the week following the event.

Produced By

This event is presented and hosted
by the Directors Peer Group Executive Committee
and the Television Academy.

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February 02, 2024
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10:00 am to 11:30 am PST



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