With expertise in cloth and hair simulation, RnD/Programming, and pipeline development, Cristian Hinz Welkens brings a wealth of experience to his role as CFX supervisor at Image Engine.
Starting in motion graphics at PES Motion Studio in Buenos Aires, Cristian was a GC Generalist before he joined MPC London as a Creature FX TD. During this time, Cristian developed many tools and workflows for the Creature FX Department (TechAnim) and built cloth and hair rigs. Cristian was promoted to Lead Creature FX TD where he managed a team of artists on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. In total, Cristian spent over four years at MPC London working on high-profile films, including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part 2, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Man Of Steel, Maleficent, World War Z, X-Men, and others. For The Jungle Book, Cristian integrated Houdini Engine into MPC’s proprietary hair pipeline and developed procedural hair styling and shading systems that allowed hair interaction with fluids, objects, etc. He also developed plugins to model and simulate foliage such as trees and grass.
At Prime Focus London, Cristian created their cloth department and developed the pipeline for hero and crowd assets simulation. These tools were used on Hercules and Kingsman: The Secret Service.
For the next three years, Cristian moved to Vancouver and joined Sony Imageworks as Senior Technical Director (Cloth/Hair) working on animated movies such as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Hotel Transylvania 3, and Smurfs: The Lost Village and Storks.
Before coming back to Vancouver, Cristian spent over two years in New York City as Senior Character Simulation Technical Director at Blue Sky Studios and worked on the animated feature Spies in Disguise.
Currently, Cristian Hinz Welkens is CFX Supervisor at Image Engine where he manages a team of CFX artists, shapes workflows for the department, and collaborates with other supervisors to ensure the delivery of the best, high-quality content possible. Cristian has recently contributed to titles such as Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, The Book of Boba Fett, Snowpiercer Season 3, Moon Knight, and School for Good and Evil.