Bio

JEFFREY A. OKUN has recently completed work on Warner Brothers’ RED RIDING HOOD, directed by Catherine Hardwicke – a gothic take on the 700 year old fable that includes Werewolves and a plethora of invisible visual effects that enabled the story to be told on a large canvas with heightened mystery.

 
Okun, known for creating visual effects that blend seamlessly into the storytelling aspect of the project, has won the VES AWARD for OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING  VISUAL EFFECTS for his work on THE LAST SAMURAI.  He has been nominated several other times for the VES Award and numerous other awards. 
Jeff has also delivered wide-ranging effects in such award winning films as BLOOD DIAMOND, STARGATE, SPHERE, RED PLANET, DEEP BLUE SEA, LOLITA, and THE LAST STARFIGHTER. Additionally he oversaw the 3D conversion of CLASH OF THE TITIANs for Warner. 
Okun, with colleague Susan Zwereman, edited the VES HANDBOOK OF VISUAL EFFECTS - A 980 page reference book covering all aspects of visual effects technique and practices.  The book won the PROSE award in 2010. 
His background also includes editing and visual effects work on award winning music videos and long form projects from such varied artists as Sting, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Janet Jackson, Wayne Newton, Bryan Adams, Amy Grant, Dolly Parton, Prince, Michael Jackson, the Neville Brothers and Rod Stewart.
Okun also created the revolutionary visual effects techniques dubbed the "PeriWinkle Effect" (an underwater blue screen technique) and the "Pencil Effect (accurately predicts the final visual effects count and budget). 
Jeff is currently serving his 4th term as Chair of the Visual Effects Society, and was the Founding Chair of the VES Awards. 
He is a respected member of the Visual Effects Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (currently serving on the VFX steering committee), the Academy of Television Arts and Science, British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).

 

Jeffrey A. Okun
VFX Supervisor
United States
Role with the VES:

Current Chair of the VES (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).  "Step up.  Be heard.  Make a Difference."
Co-Edited VES Handbook of VFX
Chair or Co-Chair: Leadership Initiative Committee,  Town Hall Committtee, Production Summit Committee, Handbook Committee
Vice-Chair of the VES ( 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006) 
Founding Chair of the VES Awards Committee and Program (2003 ~ 2009)