Pascal Chappuis has joined Image Engine as Head of Technical Production, supervising the efforts of R&D, Pipeline, TDs and CG Supervisors to form a cohesive technical strategy for the studio.
Pascal’s vast experience has accumulated from 16 years in the film and visual effects industry in the USA, India and Europe, overseeing large teams and complex visual effects workflows on some of the industry’s most ambitious VFX-driven feature films.
Pascal was a long-serving employee of Rhythm & Hues Studios in California, where he spent 13 years as a CG sequence supervisor, working on projects including The A-team, The Wolfman, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, The Golden Compass, Happy Feet, Superman Returns, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe all the way back to Babe 2. During this time, he also spent a formative year in Mumbai, overseeing films including The Incredible Hulk. Pascal developed a strong reputation for his management and mentorship skills at Rhythm & Hues, where he led teams of 25-30 artists, and was a member of the Leadership 101 Committee, responsible for the creation of a course in basic leadership skills for newly appointed crew.
Pascal returned to his Swiss homeland in 2010, where he spent the following years as a Freelance VFX Supervisor and Senior Nuke Compositor for Swiss clients including Elefant Studios, Kompost, and Ramon&Pedro; and on various architecture visualization projects.
Pascal’s passion for VFX is matched by his artistic flair and love of photography and film making. Since completing his degree and post-graduate education in computer science and arts in Switzerland, he has continued his studies in the areas of photography and cinematography at the New York Institute of Photography and UCLA. This led to the creation of his co-owned independent feature film, Interstate (2007) as Cinematographer, Associate Producer and Executive Producer.
Pascal also engages in wider industry events and educational initiatives. He has served as a Judge on a panel of 8 for the Siggraph 2010 Electronic Theater Best in Show selection, a Moderator for the Imaging the Future Symposium (NIFF Switzerland) for two years running, and as a past interviewer for the Art of VFX blog podcast. Recently, he has founded an educational non-profit organization to gather high-quality data-visualization representations of the world for teachers, which he presented at TEDx Martigny/Switzerland in 2013.
Since joining Image Engine in 2014, Pascal has overseen the software development and technical decision-making at the facility for films including Chappie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Child 44, and Jurassic World.