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Ben Cowell-Thomas

Ben Cowell-Thomas

Senior CG Supervisor / Senior VFX Supervisor / 17 yrs

London, UK

  • Generalist / Lighting Artist

    Star Trek Beyond (2016)

I’m a highly experienced freelance CG & VFX Artist. In the Commercials world I’ve led many award winning projects; both as an onset VFX Supervisor and as CG Supervisor. I’ve been lucky to work around the world, and I have lived and worked in Singapore, Australia and India.

I’m now branching out into Film VFX and am currently at Double Negative as a Sequence Supervisor.

I enjoy creative and technical problem solving, building departments, leading teams of artists and experimenting with almost every form of creative media. I’m very fortunate to have merged my career and hobbies, so this site is a mix of my professional and personal work.
Work History
  • January 2017 - December 2017

    Sequence Supervisor

    Double Negative

  • April 2016 - February 2017

    3D Generalist

    Double Negative

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  • August 2014 - May 2015

    CG / VFX Supervisor

    Nexus Productions

  • February 2014 - April 2014

    Visiting Lecturer

    National Film & Television School

    Teaching Computer Graphics to the students of the Games Design course at the NFTS.
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  • March 2012 - September 2013

    VFX Supervisor

    Prime Focus World

    I was recruited to head up the Commercials VFX Studio in Mumbai, India. My focus was on building relationships with production companies and directors, strengthening the talent in the VFX studio and supervising projects.
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  • August 2005 - March 2012

    Head of Studio

    Nexus Productions

    I grew the 3D department from a small studio to a 70+ seat facility able to handle VFX, stop motion, live action and animation with a proprietary character pipeline.

    As Head of Studio I oversaw all creative and technical aspects of pitches and projects, whilst guiding pipeline development, R&D projects and IT infrastructure and managing the hiring and career development of permanent staff members and freelancers.

    I was also CG / VFX Supervisor on many award winning projects for Honda, Sony, Intel and Coca Cola.
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  • December 2003 - August 2005

    Senior 3D artist

    Condor Post

    I returned to the UK and worked as a CG / VFX artist at Condor, often liaising between London and Amsterdam studios on key projects.
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  • October 2000 - December 2003

    3D artist

    Ambience Entertainment

    I led projects such as re-branding Channel Nine and Attik’s Toyota Scion campaign. I also took time out to co-create the multi award winning ‘Show & Tell’ animated short.
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  • January 1998 - October 2000

    Lecturer in 3D animation and visual effects.

    Temasek Polytechnic

    Recruited by the Polytechnic to design and teach the 3D animation course at Temasek.
    During my time in Singapore I was also programming director for the Singapore Animation Festival, inviting distinguished animators and film makers from around the world.
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Education
  • Bournemouth University

    1994 - 1997
  • West Cheshire College (Blacon arts centre)

    1993 - 1994
  • Whitby High School

    1986 - 1992