Senior CG Generalist/Compositing
Benjamin DupinBenjamin Dupin was born 1989 in Charenton Le Pont, France. At a young age, Benjamin spent numerous time watching TV and film, but didn’t know he would grow up to help make them. After back surgery forced 16 year - old Benjamin into bed rest, he started to develop an interest for visual effects. This interest became passion after watching hours of the "making of" and "breakdown" videos from the Star Wars Episodes One through Three. He realized the key role visual effects artists have in creating the cinematic world the audience sees on screen .Following his high school degree, Benjamin studied communication and networks for 2 years at the University of Saint Raphael. There, he took his first steps towards his career with an apprenticeship learning 3D software.
In order to achieve his dreams to become a professional Visual effects artist, Benjamin moved to Paris, where he was awarded a full time apprentice scholarship to Isart Digital - a school which specializes in visual effects and 3D animation. During his expedited 3 years, dual program, his artistry and skills were soon recognized. Benjamin’s hard work awarded him an apprenticeship in one of France’s most popular cartoon companies, Zag Entertainment. During his intense apprenticeship, Benjamin also completed the short film “Meme pas en reve !“ which won the Special Jury prize from his alma mater. Graduating the dual program a year early, Benjamin earned his degree in both visual effects and 3d animation -completing his total studies in less than 6 years. Immediately after his graduation, Benjamin was hired by Mikros, one of the most acclaimed visual effects companies in France.
At Mikros, Benjamin worked one year in the conformation department for the acclaimed animated movie “Asterix and the Mansions of the God”. In that critical role, he ensured every detail of the animation came together seamlessly. From Mikros, Benjamin moved to CGEV where he worked under the lead of Emilien Breuiller, best known for his accomplishment as a tracking matchmover Artist on more than 70 feature films. After successfully working on the feature, “The Scent of Mandarin” - directed by acclaimed French director, Gilles Legrand - Benjamin was noticed and contacted by Eight VFX - a visual effects company based in Santa Monica. Benjamin saw the opportunity to expand his already growing career in Los Angeles. He yearned to achieve the highest level of success in a discipline and city with copious competition. Benjamin worked for Eight VFX on major commercial and feature film projects including, CES Toyota Concept car, the “Ad of the week” : Gatorade "Never lose the love" commercial, and the multi-awarded Drama I,Tonya.
After practically 3 years spend in Eight VFX Benjamin signed his 3 years contract with the prestigious agency D.A.A. His first mission was to work to the internationally known and award-winning visual effects, animation and design company Blur Studio on Love Death & Robots first season as Crowd Technical Director. After a successful wrapped up of the project Benjamin moved to Ntropic for a short mission on an Apple commercial regarding the launch of their new Ipad where he was in charge of Tracking and animation.
A new opportunity to come back to his animation root presented to him via the well known studio behind the acclaimed Ice Age sequel, Blue Sky Studios based in Greenwich Connecticut. They approached Benjamin for their last animated movie Spies in Disguise to work as Crowd Technical Director after looking at his work on Love Death & Robots. He joined the Crowd department where he was in charge of crowd shots, find solutions to complex simulation as well as the creation of set of tools to help the whole teams to achieve the goal of more than 1000 shots. This new challenge done with success, Benjamin was offered a place on another department as Digital Compositor, to help wrapped up the movie.
Benjamin moved permanently in the New York area and has now joined the Zoic studios as Senior CG Generalist and Digital compositor. He has already worked on some acclaimed TV production show such as Hunters or more recently the new season of NOS4A2 airing for this summer on AMC.