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

For eight years (2013 to 2020) Mike shaped and led The Marketing Society’s editorial, digital and content strategy, working with CMOs, marketing directors, CEOs, authors, and heads of strategy to produce culturally relevant content that resonates with business leaders worldwide. Near the end of 2021 he joined MediaCat Magazine. He launched their podcast channel in early 2022, and set about creating thematic content that writers could dig into each month, themes such as 'utopias and dystopias' and 'age and wisdom'. On the side he's a screenwriter, spoken word poet, film and TV blogger and music critic. He also once came second in a Creative Review competition to rewrite Trainspotting's famous 'choose life' speech.

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