Dreamworks/Walmart “Little Viking”

Dreamworks hired us to integrate existing animation into new live action scenes for this and two other spots. VFX supervised and shoot supervised by Les Ekker, he was responsible for ensuring the cinematography, elements shoot and animation all meshed seamlessly.. He sculpted a greenscreen head form that matched the animation character’s head to support the […]

Dreamworks hired us to integrate existing animation into new live action scenes for this and two other spots. VFX supervised and shoot supervised by Les Ekker, he was responsible for ensuring the cinematography, elements shoot and animation all meshed seamlessly.. He sculpted a greenscreen head form that matched the animation character’s head to support the towel element shoot, and puppeteered it to match the animation’s motions as closely as possible.

About Leslie Ekker

Les Ekker is a Visual Effects Supervisor, Commercial Director and Creative Director with 13 years experience in supervision, but over 32 years experience in Visual Effects. He started as a VFX designer, and animator in 1979 on "Star Trek: The Motion Picture", then began working as a Model Maker on Bladerunner, and subsequently on dozens of other films, commercials and special venue projects. Ghost Busters, Poltergeist 2, Close Encounters, 2010, Buckaroo Banzai and many more. In 1993 he joined Digital Domain, and worked on True Lies, The 5th Element (uncredited Model Supervisor), Titanic (Model Supervisor), Apollo 13 (Model Crew Chief, nominated for the OSCAR, won the BAFTA), and Dante's Peak (uncredited Model Supervisor). He began supervising commercials at DD and worked as a VFX Sup' for 10 years, leaving to become the Creative Director of Zoic Studios. He is now freelancing in Visual Effects, Commercial Direction and Creative Direction, with an emphasis in 3D Stereoscopy and forward thinking projects.

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