Cody Amos discusses VFX, directing and getting into the business

Using visual effects sparingly to tell a story


MediaCat Magazine Podcast
MediaCat Magazine Podcast
Cody Amos discusses VFX, directing and getting into the business

For this podcast our Editor Mike Piggott spoke to Cody Amos, Creative Director at Heckler HQ. Cody has around a decade of experience in film visual effects, working at places such as Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and Weta Digital. They discuss Cody’s way into the business and the many hats he now wears as a Creative Director, overseeing VFX and sometimes directing himself.

At Heckler HQ Cody now does a lot of work for brands, creating adverts and so on. They discuss how this differs from his work on Hollywood movies (such as Spider-Man: Far From Home) and his thoughts on the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike in the US and how the VFX community doesn’t have a union in the way that actors and writers do. They also touch on some work Cody did for Worksafe Victoria, a campaign around gendered violence, and talk about the trend in film and TV to just ‘fix everything in post’, putting pressure on VFX artists. We hope you enjoy this fascinating conversation.

Useful links

Worksafe Victoria – campaign on gendered violence

Cody’s FX showreel from the movie world (including work on Spider-Man, Star Wars and The Hunger Games)

Featured image: Unlimited Motion Ltd / Unsplash

Mike Piggott, Executive Editor at MediaCat Magazine

Mike is Exec. Editor at MediaCat Magazine. He joined in 2021, launched a podcast and began creating interesting marketing industry related content, with monthly themes such as 'Utopias and Dystopias', 'Hope and Kindness' and 'Side Quests'. Before that he was Editor at The Marketing Society (2013-2021), where he created and launched a bi-monthly publication and a podcast. He is also a street photographer, screenwriter, and film and TV blogger. He also once came second in a Creative Review competition to rewrite Trainspotting's famous 'choose life' speech.

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