robert chapin
visual effects artist / supervisor

Maya generalist / dynamics / Nuke comp lead
resume   IMDB   Linked In   Contact

 

vfx demo reel - Quicktime / Youtube
NOTE: Reel hasn't been updated for some time due to consistent work and numerous NDAs, which make it impossible to cut a proper "before and after." I'm also literally never allowed to say what I worked on for "Force Awakens."

 

Robert "Bob" Chapin has been working in the VFX industry for over 25 years. Originally from Miami, he has a BS degree in Computer Science specializing in Programming and Systems, and his first job in LA was with the legendary Pacific Data Images. Since then he has worked with a number of major VFX studios including Cinesite, Computer Film Company, Manex, Zoic, and New Deal Studios on numerous commercials, episodics, and classic films such as "Big Lebowski," "X-Men," "Avengers," and "Star Wars: Force Awakens."

Bob has worked extensively as a Nuke Compositor and Maya Generalist specializing in Dynamics, but he has also served as a VFX Supervisor on multiple feature films, commercials and TV shows. As the in-house Supervisor for New Deal Studios, he received a VES award for his work on "Night at the Museum."

As an on-set VFX Supervisor, Bob has extensive production experience. With his background as an actor, stunt coordinator and filmmaker, his many credits also include work as a First and Second Unit Action Director. You can find his full list of credits on IMDB along with references and recommendations on LinkedIn

 

feature films
Star Wars - The Force Awakens
Birds of Prey

Batman vs Superman
Avengers - Age of Ultron
Purge 2
Cure for Wellness
The Grey

Inception
Shutter Island
Watchmen
Iron Man
Cloverfield
Sinister
Night at the Museum 1 & 2
Fast and Furious 3
Fantastic Four 1 & 2
X-Men 2 & 3
Chronicles of Riddick
Crouching Tiger

The Hunted
Deep Burial

100 Feet
Manure
Nutty Professor
Armageddon
Devil's Advocate
American Beauty
Swordfish
Con Air
Dante's Peak
Almost Famous
The Big Lebowski
Star Trek Nemesis
Queen Of The Damned
The Animal
Muppets In Space
Independence Day
Mighty Joe Young
Six Days Seven Nights
Matilda
The Arrival
Love Of The Game
White Squall
Alaska
Before And After
Steal Big Steal Little
Extreme Measures
Fellow Americans
Trojan Wars
Ground Zero
Pleasantville
The Bachelor
My Favorite Martian
A Simple Plan
The Babe
Mo Money
Sleepwalkers
Robocop II
Cool World
Batman II
Star Trek IV
Phone Booth
Red Trousers

television
Star Trek: Picard
Legends of Tomorrow
Perry Mason
Westworld
Legion
The Good Place
New Warriors
Mission Control
Exorcist
Ironfist
Once Upon a Time
True Blood
The Flash
Black Sails
Banshee
Fringe
Chuck
Jericho
Claws
The 100
In the Dark
Wonderland
Chance
Shooter
Beyond
Good Behavior

Reverie
Behind Enemy Lines
Salvage
Revolution
Jane the Novella
"V"
Criminal Minds
Sarah Conner Chronicles
CSI Las Vegas / Miami
Invasion
There and Back (MTV Series)
Omarion (MTV Pilot)
Tempest (TV Movie)

commercials
Tacoma "Blowing off Steam"
Hasbro Star Wars
Playstation "Friendly Competition"
5 Gum Parkour
LEGO Star Wars
LeBron Nike
Hot Wheels
Trexima
Duracell "Bees"
Mountain Dew "UFO"
Pollo Tropical
Cadillac "Snow"
Mortal Kombat Armageddon
AT&T "Raising the Bar"

studios
ZOIC STUDIOS

MIRADA / MOTION THEORY
NEW DEAL STUDIOS
CARBON VFX
SHADE VFX

PIXEL PIRATES
ARSENAL
LEGION

TIMBER

HAMMERHEAD VFX, LA
HYDRAULX
LOLA VFX

BAKED FX
CINESITE LA, CA
MANEX VISUAL EFFECTS LA, CA

THE COMPUTER FILM COMPANY / FRAMESTORE LA
PDI - PACIFIC DATA IMAGES LA, CA

METHOD STUDIOS, LA CA
MOCEAN STUDIOS, LA CA
T-SIGN STUDIOS
JANIMATION
COBALT FX
TRAILER PARK / 1741 FILMS
MACGUFF LA

BRAND NEW SCHOOL
THE CORE VFX
LOGAN

visual effects supervisor
Shutter Island
(New Deal Studios)
Night at the Museum 2 (New Deal Studios)
There and Back (MTV)
100 Feet
Paraiso Travel
Santa Stole our Dog
There and Back (MTV Series)
Omarion (MTV Pilot)
Saving Santa
Red Chalk (Feature)
Lavender Williams
Light Years Away (Feature)
Soldier of God (Feature)
Miss Cast Away (Feature)
Deadlock (Feature)
Dragon Fury II (Feature)
Lancelot - Guardian of Time (Feature)
Privateers (TV Pilot)
The Convent (Feature)
The Hunted (Feature/Series)
Ring of Steel (Feature)
Mighty Wire Flying Hero (Short)
Allure (Short)

software
Maya
Nuke
Mocha
Phoenix

FractureFX
Premiere
Photoshop
Syntheyes
Renderman
Final Cut
After Effects
Dreamweaver
C-Shell/Unix programming

education
BS in Computer Science from UCF
Alias / Wavefront training in Maya
Santa Cruz Operation:
unix and systems administration
Miami Dade Community College:
Associate in Arts / Computer Science

other interests
Actor, Writer, Director, Stuntman, Fight/Swordplay Choreographer, Musician


 

"I have had the opportunity to work with Bob on multiple projects, both commercial and feature, and cannot extoll his talents as an artist and creative supervisor enough. As an artist, Bob combines a seasoned creative eye, both aesthetic and detailed, with high technical proficiency. He is a master at crafting the most effective solutions to almost any creative task. While this affords him to be completely self-managed as an artist, it truly compliments his ability as a creative supervisor. When leading a team, Bob possesses an open egalitarian style that solicits mutual respect and cooperation from his fellow artists. His personality is warm and approachable, maintaining a calm and manageable atmosphere even on the most difficult of projects. As a extraordinarily well balanced artist and digital supervisor, I highly recommend Bob." - M Theurer, Producer, New Deal Studios

"Bob and I have collaborated on many projects at different capacities. He is the very definition of a renaissance man; his directorial skills are as well-honed as his visual effects abilities - whether he is supervising a show, generating 3D assets, or final scene integration. Bob knows how to bring visual fidelity to the forefront of any project he tackles - making him a reliable person of action that understands the full scope of film and television and continuously pushes the boundaries of what is possible in media and visual arts at a capacity that sets the bar for Hollywood content creation." - Nicholas Daniels, Flame Artist & Nuke Supervisor

"Bob is a great artist and wonderfully talented. Dedicated, hard working and easy to get a long with. If you have anything that needs done in the VFX world, he can do it or gather around him the people who can." - Matt Dean, Owner, Matt Dean Films Inc.

"I've had the pleasure of working with Bob in multiple venues. He's an outstanding communicator that is passionate about his work and the ability of other people to excel in their performances as well. In his time with us, he made several suggestions about focusing the team and getting more people on the same page more quickly. He's accomplished in so many fields, he's a bit of a Renaissance Man, but that lends credibility to whatever he sets his mind to. Sword fighting to simulations, he's been there and done that. Would love to work with him again." James Hattin, Creative Director at Legion Studios

"I have worked with Robert on many projects on major feature films and Bob has always been the most dedicated and easy to work with artist and supervisor. He is extremely hands on and has a keen eye for problem solving and getting the work done on time and most importantly done well. Bob is unique in that he has been on both sides of the camera as both a performer and managing on set production and also handling post. As such he has a huge wealth of knowledge and experience that is invaluable no matter the project or the task. Biggest thing for me is Bob is super cool under pressure and just a lovely person to work with that brings a lot of joy to the team." - Jeffrey Jasper, Comp Supervisor at New Deal Studio

"I first worked with Robert Chapin when he joined our team at Hammerhead Productions for "Tokyo Drift: The Fast and The Furious 3" Although I was the Digital Effects Supervisor for that project, Bob required absolutely NO supervision whatsoever... He figured out what needed to be done, interfaced directly with the other artists, and created perfect elements for all of the shots that required his artistic touch. I would not hesitate to work with Bob again on any future project... not for a second. He is really THAT good." - Thomas Dadras, Motion Pictures and Film Consultant and Professional

"Robert has a rare combination of talents - Great eye, always listening, and never loses his cool. You can count on Bob to have a well conceived solution to just about any problem. His calm yet focused demeanor makes him a fantastic leader and his ability to create lean manageable methodology is invaluable to a crew. Bob is a pleasure to work with. I would not hesitate to recommend him." - Dan Levitan, Visual Effects Supervisor

"Robert is a VFX veteran who brings valuable experience to each project. Having been in front of as well as behind the camera, Bob has a unique perspective that allows him to see how effects are going to work in the entire pipeline." - Lochlon Johnston, Visual Effects Professional

"Robert is a brilliant vfx artist with years of experience that continues to teach me new tricks and techniques every time I have the chance to work with him. He is a great asset to any company." - Justin Jones, VFX Supervisor at Tau Films

"Bob Chapin has worked for Hammerhead on several projects, including The Chronicles of Riddick, Fast and Furious 3, and Fantastic 4. He has the rare ability to ask just the right questions to find out what needs to be done, then make all the right decisions on his own on his way to making high-quality visual effects elements and shots, that are right the first time. He has a good command of a variety of difficult-to-master tools, and a judicious artistic eye. His wide experience in filmmaking outside of visual effects give him valuable perspective. This background, along with his intelligence and easy-going personality, make him a natural leader in any situation he finds himself in." - Thad Beier, Director of Image Platform Workflow at Dolby Laboratories

"Bob Chapin was an invaluable member of our CG team on a package of three very involved AT+T spots. He was instrumental in helping develop an approach to the various spots that was cost and time effective. He's a team player as well, and a pleasure to work with." - Scott Siegal, VFX Producer

"Robert is a very talented CGI Artist who I had the good fortune to work with on many projects. Two of my favourites: Devil's Advocate and American Beauty!" - Fortunato Frattasio, Compositing Instructor | Visual Effects Artist

"I've had the pleasure of working with Bob at Cinesite, Hammerhead, and New Deal Studios where he was helping to start up their VFX division. He has an incredible aptitude for creating stunning Visual Effects and a sharp eye for details. In addition to his wealth of knowledge in film production, Bob is also great guy to work with and I have an enormous amount of respect for the things he has accomplished in his career." - Jeff Benoit, Previs/VFX Artist