fxpodcast #305: Facing those Turtles

We talk to Pablo Helman, ILM vfx supervisor for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, about their face pipeline for Paramount Pictures.

Director: David  Green

Cinematographer: Lula Carvalho

As Shredder joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman and some converted henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady to take over the world, the Turtles must confront an even greater nemesis: the notorious Krang.

Pablo talking to Mike back in 2008 !
Pablo talking to Mike back in 2008

We explore the vfx facial pipeline so critical to the movie with Pablo Helman. Pablo is a great friend to fxguide having been on numerous fxguide podcasts and in many stories since he joined ILM. Helman was born in 1959 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In addition to the 2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, he was vfx supervisor on the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film.

He has twice been nominated for an Oscar (War of the Worlds (2005), shared with Dennis Muren, Randy Dutra, Daniel Sudick and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), shared with Rob Coleman, John Knoll, Ben Snow). He made his mark early as a compositor at Digital Domain (Apollo13) before moving to ILM in the mid to late 90s.

ILM was the lead VFX facility.

ILM Vfx supervisor  : PABLO HELMAN
ILM co-vfx supervisor : ROBERT WEAVER
ILM Animation Supervisor : KEVIN MARTEL
ILM Associate animation supervisor : SHAWN KELLY
ILM vfx producer : SUSAN GREENHOW
ILM Assoc. vfx producer : MARISSA GOMES
ILM Studios worldwide : San Francisco , Singapore, Vancouver and London.

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