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Episode 407 – ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT’s VFX Supervisor Frank Petzold

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Episode 407 – ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT’s VFX Supervisor Frank Petzold

Frank Petzold is an internationally acclaimed Director and VFX Supervisor, and he’s been working in movie for over 25 years. Whether or not working in movie or tv, Frank creates innovative visuals.

Earlier than moving into the world of directing, this award-winning VFX Supervisor loved a profitable profession in Germany as a Director of Images, specializing in shoots with visible results elements. Within the early 90s, Frank joined the Tippett Studio in California to oversee and direct VFX work for main Hollywood movies. Beginning with the cult basic STARSHIP TROOPERS, he shortly moved from one blockbuster to the subsequent, together with ARMAGEDDON, THE MATRIX, HOLLOW MAN, THE RING, GOLDEN COMPASS and plenty of others.

Working carefully with Administrators resembling Steven Spielberg, Paul Verhoven, Frank Oz, Gore Verbinsky, Ivan Reitman, Frank realized convey story to life. With that in depth expertise, he started directing complicated commercials for the worldwide market.

When ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT Director Edward Berger referred to as Franks, with whom he labored on the AMC Sequence THE TERROR, the thought of engaged on such an iconic literary IP made Frank intimidated and impressed on the similar time. Primarily based on Erich Maria Remarque’s best-selling 1929 novel of the identical title, the movie follows an idealistic younger German soldier in WWI who quickly learns the harrowing actuality of battle. Due to the intimate perspective and to seize the verisimilitude of life within the trenches, Petzold’s purpose was to floor the visible results in photorealistic reference factors. In different phrases, on this case, much less is extra. In 2023, the movie received 4 Academy Awards.

Frank has been a member of VES since 1999.

On this Podcast, Allan McKay talks to the VFX Supervisor and Director Frank Petzold about his begin in VFX on the legendary Tippett Studio; his work on STARSHIP TROOPERS, HOLLOW MAN, ARMAGEDDON, in addition to the 2023 Academy Award Profitable movie ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT.


Frank Petzold’s Web site: http://www.doubleplusgood.data/vita.html

Frank Petzold on IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/title/nm0004182/

Frank Petzold Interview: https://www.goldderby.com/characteristic/frank-petzold-all-quiet-on-the-western-front-vfx-interview-1205228466/

Behind the VFX: ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXSAMAwR8wE


EPISODE 407- From the Trenches to the Display: Contained in the Thoughts of ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT’s VFX Supervisor Frank Petzold

Hello, everybody! 

That is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 407! I’m sitting down with Director and VFX Supervisor Frank Petzold and speaking to him about his work on the legendary Tippett Studio;  his work on STARSHIP TROOPERS, HOLLOW MAN, ARMAGEDDON, in addition to the 2023 Academy Award Profitable movie ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT.

I’m actually excited for this Episode. There’s a lot that we get into right here. We speak about cash, shoppers and distributors, in addition to the mindset of a VFX Supervisor.

Let’s dive in!



[01:16]  Have you ever ever despatched in your reel and puzzled why you didn’t get the callback or what the explanation was you didn’t get the job? Over the previous 20 years of working for studios like ILM, Blur Studio, Ubisoft, I’ve constructed lots of of groups and employed lots of of artists — and reviewed 1000’s of reels! That’s why I made a decision to jot down The Final Demo Reel Information from the attitude of somebody who truly does the hiring. You may get this guide without cost proper now at www.allanmckay.com/myreel!

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Okay, what did you suppose? I wish to thank Frank for approaching the Podcast.

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Subsequent week, I’m interviewing VFX Supervisor Marc Smith and VFX Comp Supervisor Tanner Bartlett focus on their work on Mark Mylod’s THE MENU, the best way their studio Artful Apes approaches a brand new challenge, in addition to give recommendation to artists on why it’s necessary to confess your shortcomings and the talents that make you most hireable.

Till then – 

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