Visual Effects Supervisor

Rich McBride first joined Industrial Light & Magic in 2009 as a digital compositor on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.  Prior to ILM, he worked as an in-house visual effects supervisor for Bay Area effects studios, Giant Killer Robots and The Orphanage on projects such as Fantastic Four, World Trade Center, The Spirit, and Red Cliff II.  His love for movies and working in visual effects stems from a creative background in painting and playing music in San Francisco.

McBride received his BA from San Francisco State University where he studied film and animation. He learned his computer skills while working for bay area game company Rocket Science Games. Working on games led him to working in the advertising world with a small visual effects team based in San Francisco called Western Images.  There he worked as a generalist and refined his industry skills in all disciplines of computer graphics.

McBride spent two years at Framestore London working as the visual effects supervisor on Alfonso Cuarón’s Academy Award® winning film, Gravity.  After, he returned stateside to rejoin the ILM team, working as a digital compositor on films such as Pacific Rim, The Lone Ranger, and Lucy. His first role as the studio visual effects supervisor and as an ILM visual effects supervisor came on Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 2015 epic, The Revenant.  McBride was honored with two Visual Effects Society (VES) awards for his work on Gravity and a VES Award for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects for The Revenant.


Feature Films:

2015          THE REVENANT – Visual Effects Supervisor

                     Academy Award Nomination – Outstanding Visual Effects

                     Visual Effects Society Award – Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

2014          TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES – Digital Artist

2014          LUCY – Digital Artist

2013          GRAVITY – Visual Effects Supervisor

                  Visual Effects Society Award – Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature

                   Visual Effects Society Award – Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Live Action Feature

2013          THE LONE RANGER– Digital Artist

2013          PACIFIC RIM – Digital Artist

2009          TRANSFORMERS REVENGE OF THE FALLEN – Digital Artist

2009          RED CLIFF II – Visual Effects Supervisor

2009          AVATAR – Digital Artist

2009          A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Digital Artist

2007          FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER – Visual Effects Supervisor

2006          HAPPY FEET – Digital Artist

2006          WORLD TRADE CENTER – Visual Effects Supervisor

2006          POSEIDON – Senior Technical Director

2005          THE PRODUCERS – Digital Artist

2005          FANTASTIC FOUR – Visual Effects Supervisor

2004          BLADE: TRINITY – Technical Supervisor

2003          THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS – Digital Artist

2003          TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES – Visual Effects Supervisor

2003          THE MATRIX RELOADED – Digital Artist

2002          THE SPIRIT – Visual Effects Supervisor

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