Maria Giannakouros

Maria Giannakouros

Senior FX TD / 19 yrs


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Matchmove Supervisor

Amundsen (2019)


Thor: Ragnarok (2017)


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Effects Technical Director

Pan (2015)

Effect Lead

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

Effects Lead

Hercules (2014)

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X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Effects TD

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

FX Animation Artist

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013)

FX Animation TD

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

Sr Effects TD

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

FX Animation Artist

The Amazing Spiderman (2012)

Effects Animator

Green Lantern (2011)

Lighting & FX TD

The Lovely Bones (2010)

3D Lighting TD

District 9 (2009)

Visual Effects Technical Director

Wanted (2008)

Lighting And FX Team

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

Digital Artist

10,000 BC (2008)

Software Developer

Surf's Up (2007)


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

Technical Director

Open Season (2006)

Effects Technical Director

Monster House (2006)

Effects Animation

Monster House (2006)

Effects TD

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Technical Director

The Polar Express (2004)

Lead Software Engineer

The Haunted Mansion (2003)

Software Engineer

Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)

Work History
  • Sr Technical Director

    Freelance, Self-Employed

    November 2017 - Present

    TV and commercials

  • Sr. FX TD


    January 2019 - November 2019
    Los Angeles, CA
  • FX TD

    Goodbye Kansas

    June 2018 - December 2018
    Stockholm, SE
  • Houdini FX TD

    Goodbye Kansas

    February 2018 - June 2018
  • Sr Technical Director


    January 2017 - September 2017
    London, United Kingdom

    Effects TD

  • sr fx technical director

    Rising Sun Pictures

    February 2015 - October 2015
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Pipeline and Effects Lead

    Dwarf Labs

    August 2014 - December 2014
    Montpellier Area, France

    Dwarf Labs is a progressive new Animation group based in the South of France.

  • Effects Lead


    March 2014 - July 2014
    London, United Kingdom

    Effects Lead on Hercules, and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Effects TD on XMex trailer.

  • Sr. Effects Technical Director

    Sony Pictures Imageworks

    November 2013 - February 2014
    Vancouver, Canada Area

    Sr. Effects TD on The Amazing Spiderman-2.

  • Sr Effects Technical Director

    Sony Pictures Imageworks

    November 2011 - August 2013
    Culver City

    Sr. Effects TD on The Amazing Spiderman, Oz The Great and Powerful, Partly Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs II.

  • Effects and Pipeline TD

    Sony Pictures Imageworks

    September 2010 - May 2011
    Culver City

    Worked on The Green Lantern initially as a Look Dev and Pipeline TD to automate the Massive Pipeline then moved to working on shots for the Parallax sequence using the Massive Pipeline.

  • Entrepreneur

    Free Lancer ( Self Employed)

    May 2009 - September 2010

    I spent this year finding my way in Greece. I worked on a commercial for a Greek TV Series called : H ZOH THS ALLHS, or The Life of Another
    Later, I started a small magazine called Telalis. I am still working on this magazine on and off.

  • Effects Technical Director

    Weta Digital

    May 2008 - May 2009

    Maya Particles, lighting, pipeline.

  • Effects Technical Director


    February 2008 - April 2008

    Houdini particles : Look development for spark sprite elements.

  • Effects Technical Director

    Realise Studio

    August 2007 - November 2007

    Effects Technical Director and Animator

  • Sequence Lead, Effects Technical Director

    Double Negative

    January 2007 - August 2007
  • Effects Technical Director

    Sony Pictures Imageworks

    November 2002 - December 2006
  • Software Engineer

    Digital Domain

    August 2000 - November 2002
  • Iowa State University

    1994 - 1996