Joseph Francis is a freelance visual effects supervisor based in Los Angeles. He has had a long career in the 3D field. I asked him to share a little about himself as well as give our blog readers a little insight into his use of Eye Candy. The rest of this article is from him. Thanks, Joseph.
I started my career in New York City at R/Greenberg Associates. It’s an interactive agency now, but at the time it was the design firm behind many famous movie title sequences. While in New York, I had the opportunity to work with Ryszard Horowitz. He’s a noted photographer and artist that specializes in creative photo composite work. It stimulated my interest in the subject.
I moved to Los Angeles when R/GA opened a west coast office. I was the acting Creative Director. In 1996, I left to supervise computer animation for the feature film, Independence Day. Since then, I’ve remained a freelancer. I have contributed work to companies such as Pacific Title & Art Studio, yU+Co, and Imaginary Forces.
In 2005, I took up photography in a more serious way. I’m particularly interested in digital photo composite work. Rather than create the expected digital composite work that might come from someone with a background in visual effects–like robots or dinosaurs, I want to incorporate subtle digital assets into my photography. These assets could be anything such as a realistic but virtual drawing room in a French chateau, an elaborate gown, or the perfect white birch tree in the snow. I’d rather people wonder whom my seamstress is than estimate how long it took my dragon to render.
(For example, check out the image below. Hiromi Paper Dress)