Todd Vaziri
http://www.vfxhq.com/tvaziri/
e-mail: tvaziri@gmail.com
Twitter: @tvaziri
Professional

I am a visual effects artist and supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic, a division of Lucasfilm, in San Francisco, California. My past projects include the feature films THE AVENGERS, AVATAR, both J.J. Abrams' STAR TREK films, three TRANSFORMERS films, and three STAR WARS films including THE FORCE AWAKENS.


Industrial Light + Magic



Pixel Magic



Flat Earth Productions



Banned From The Ranch


While working with visual effects house Banned From The Ranch, I served as 2D Supervisor and Lead Digital Artist. Under the direction of VFX supervisor Van Ling, we created effects for INSPECTOR GADGET, DR. DOLITTLE and much more. I moved on to Flat Earth Productions--for VFX Supervisor Doug Beswick, I was a compositor for the fifth season "Xena: Warrior Princess," and lead feature film compositor. At Pixel Magic, I was compositing supervisor for Renny Harlin's DRIVEN and the Bruce Willis film, HART'S WAR.

Today, I'm an artist and supervisor at Industrial Light + Magic in San Francisco, California, where I completed work on films like AVATAR, two of the STAR WARS prequels, WAR OF THE WORLDS, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN and more. Visit my IMDb page for more credits.

Recent highlights: For TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, I was compositing sequence supervisor on the Chicago sequences, including the skyscraper collapse. For Brad Bird's MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL, I served as compositing supervisor under visual effects supervisor John Knoll. I was sequence supervisor for both J.J. Abrams' STAR TREK films, as well as THE FORCE AWAKENS, AVATAR and ROGUE ONE.

I share a VES Award for Outstanding Compositing for our work on TRANSFORMERS, and was also nominated for a VES Award for our compositing work on AVATAR as well as for IRON MAN 2.



Internet Movie Database Listing


yearfeature films
 2017 STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
Lucasfilm
sequence supervisor

 2014 ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

Lucasfilm
lead artist
  • Academy Award Nomination for Best Visual Effects (John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel, Neil Corobould)
  • Seven Visual Effects Society Award Nominations for Visual Effects, Created Environment, Virtual Cinematography, Model (Paul Giacoppo, Gareth Jensen, Todd Vaziri, James Tooley), Model, Effects Simulations, Animated Performance

    TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS Trailer
    Nickelodeon/Platinum Dunes
    digital artist

     

  •  2015 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

    Lucasfilm/Bad Robot
    sequence supervisor
  • Academy Award Nomination for Best Visual Effects (Roger Guyett, Pat Tubach, Neal Scanlan, Chris Corbould)
  • Winner British Academy Award for Best Visual Effects (Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan)
  • Visual Effects Society Award Winner for Outstanding Visual Effects
  • Visual Effects Society Award Winner for Outstanding Created Environment (Falcon Chase/Graveyard)
  • Visual Effects Society Award Winner for Outstanding Virtual Cinematography (Falcon Chase/Graveyard)
  • Visual Effects Society Award Nominee for Outstanding Compositing

    TERMINATOR GENISYS

    Paramount/Skydance
    compositing supervisor

    TOMORROWLAND

    Disney
    sequence supervisor

  • Visual Effects Society Award Nominee for Outstanding Compositing (Francois Lambert, Jean Lapointe, Peter Demarest, Conny Fauser)
  • Visual Effects Society Award Nominee for Outstanding Created Environment (Barry Williams, Greg Kegel, Quentin Marmier, Thang Le)

    ABOVE AND BEYOND
    Playmount
    compositing supervisor

    STRANGE MAGIC
    Lucasfilm
    digital artist


  •  2014 CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

    Marvel
    digital artist
  • Academy Award Nomination for Best Visual Effects (Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick)

    THE BIG BANG THEORY, "The Proton Transmogrification"
    Warner Bros./CBS
    compositing supervisor

     

  •  2013 STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

    Bad Robot/Paramount
    sequence supervisor
  • Academy Award Nomination for Best Visual Effects (Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton)
  • Two VES Awards nominations

    THE LONE RANGER

    Bruckheimer/Disney
    digital artist

  • Academy Award Nomination for Best Visual Effects (Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier)
  • Two VES Awards nominations

  •  2012 THE AVENGERS
    Marvel
    digital artist

     2011 MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL
    Bad Robot/Paramount
    compositing supervisor
  • VES Award Nominee for Outstanding Models in a Motion Picture (John Goodson, Russell Paul, Kristian Pedlow, Vick Schutz)

    TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON
    Paramount/Dreamworks
    sequence supervisor

  • Academy Award Nomination for Best Visual Effects (Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier)
  • VES Award Winner for Outstanding Created Environment, Tilted Building Sequence (Giles Hancock, John Hanson, Tom Martinek, Scott Younkin)

    RANGO
    Paramount
    sequence supervisor

  • Academy Award Winner, Animated Feature (Gore Verbinski)



  • Mission: Impossible
    Ghost Protocol



    Transformers 3



    Rango

     2010 IRON MAN 2
    Marvel/Paramount
    sequence supervisor
  • VES Award Nominee for Best Created Environment (Giles Hancock, Richard Bluff, Todd Vaziri, Aaron McBride)

    SUPER 8 "TEASER"
    Bad Robot/Paramount
    digital artist



  • Iron Man 2



    Super 8 (teaser)


     2009 STAR TREK
    Paramount/Bad Robot
    sequence supervisor
  • Academy Award Nomination for Best Visual Effects (Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh, Burt Dalton)

    TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN
    Paramount/Dreamworks
    digital artist

    AVATAR
    Fox/Lightstorm
    lead digital artist

  • VES Award Nominee for Best Compositing (Jay Cooper, Beth D'Amato, Eddie Pasquarello, Todd Vaziri)



  • Star Trek



    Avatar

     2008 INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL
    Lucasfilm/Paramount
    digital artist

    SPEED RACER
    Warner Bros.
    digital artist



    Indiana Jones and the
    Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

     2007 TRANSFORMERS
    Paramount/DreamWorks
    sequence supervisor
  • VES Award Winner for Best Compositing (Pat Tubach, Beth D'Amato, Todd Vaziri, Mike Conte), plus three other wins. more info
  • Academy Award Nomination for Best Visual Effects (Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Russell Earl and John Frazier)

    LIONS FOR LAMBS
    United Artists
    digital artist

    "Transformers" Burger King Commercial
    digital artist



  • Transformers

     2006 MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III
    Paramount/Cruise Wagner
    sequence supervisor

    PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST
    Walt Disney Pictures
    digital artist

    "The Colbert Report"
    Green Screen Challenge

    Lucasfilm/Comedy Central
    visual effects supervisor



    Mission: Impossible III

     2005 STAR WARS: EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH
    Lucasfilm/Fox
    compositor

    WAR OF THE WORLDS
    Paramount/Dreamworks
    compositor

  • Academy Award Nomination for Best Visual Effects (Dennis Muren, Pablo Helman, Randal Dutra, Daniel Sudick)

    HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE
    Warner Bros.
    compositor

    CHICKEN LITTLE 3D
    Walt Disney Pictures
    digital artist



  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith



    War of the Worlds



    Harry Potter
    and the Goblet of Fire

     2004 VAN HELSING
    Universal
    lead compositor

    SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW
    Paramount
    compositor

    HELLBOY
    Sony
    visual effects consultant



    Van Helsing



    Sky Captain and the
    World of Tomorrow

     2003 HULK
    Universal
    compositor

    PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL
    Walt Disney Pictures
    compositor



    Hulk

     2002 STAR WARS:
    EPISODE II -
    ATTACK OF THE CLONES

    Lucasfilm/Fox
    compositor
  • Academy Award Nomination for Best Visual Effects (Rob Coleman, Pablo Helman, John Knoll, Ben Snow)

    HART'S WAR
    MGM
    compositing supervisor

    SIGNS
    Touchstone Pictures
    compositor



  • Star Wars: Episode II
    Attack of the Clones


    Hart's War

     2001 DRIVEN, Warner Bros.
    compositing supervisor

    3000 MILES TO GRACELAND,
    Warner Bros.
    compositor

    SCARY MOVIE 2, Dimension Films
    compositor

    BONES, New Line Cinema
    lead compositor

    BEHIND ENEMY LINES, Fox
    digital camera shake specialist

    HEARTBREAKERS, MGM
    compositor

    ORIGINAL SIN, MGM
    compositor

    RACE TO SPACE, Columbia Pictures
    compositor

    THE LEGEND OF ZU, Miramax
    visual effects consultant


    Driven

     2000 RED PLANET, Warner Bros.
    compositor

    LITTLE NICKY, New Line Cinema
    compositor

    DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS,
    New Line Cinema
    lead composite artist

    SPIDERS, Nu Image Films
    2D supervisor / lead composite artist

    CROCODILE, Nu Image Films
    2D supervisor / lead composite artist


    Red Planet

     1999 STIR OF ECHOES, Artisan Entertainment
    2D supervisor / lead digital artist

    INSPECTOR GADGET, Walt Disney Pictures
    2D supervisor / lead digital artist

    DRIVE ME CRAZY, Fox
    2D supervisor / lead digital artist

    A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Fox
    digital artist

    VENDETTA, HBO Films
    2D supervisor / lead digital artist

    DESERT HEAT, Columbia Pictures
    2D supervisor / lead digital artist


    Stir of Echoes

     1998 DR. DOLITTLE, Fox
    compositor

    SOLDIER, Warner Bros.
    2D supervisor / lead digital artist

    PAULIE, Dreamworks
    digital artist

    WINCHELL, HBO Films
    2D supervisor


    Dr. Dolittle

    yeartelevision and broadcast
     1999 "Xena: Warrior Princess,", Studios USA
    compositor

    "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," Studios USA
    compositor

    "Charmed,", Warner Bros.
    compositor

    1999 MTV Movie Awards, MTV/Tenth Planet
    2D supervisor / lead digital artist

     1998 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV/Tenth Planet
    visual effects supervisor

    Toyota, "Everyday",
    visual effects supervisor

    In addition to my visual effects work, I also have produced computer graphics for on-set playback. For Universal's AMERICAN PIE, I supervised and created graphics for all the streaming video and computer sequences. I produced graphics for Paul Verhoeven's new film, HOLLOW MAN, and supervised the on-screen graphics for the Jennifer Lopez video, "If You Had My Love," directed by Paul Hunter.

    yearcomputer graphics
     2000 HOLLOW MAN, Columbia Pictures
    computer graphics animator

     1999

    American Pie
    AMERICAN PIE, Univeral Pictures
    computer graphics supervisor

    Jennifer Lopez, "If You Had My Love"
    computer graphics supervisor

    FORCES OF NATURE, Dreamworks
    computer graphics supervisor

    Supreme Beings of Leisure, "Strange Love Addiction"
    computer graphics designer

     
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    One of the major projects I've tackled over the years is VFX HQ: Visual Effects Headquarters, a web site I developed and produced between 1995 and 1999.

    The VFX HQ is the home for news and information on the feature film visual effects industry, and contains hundreds of pages of reviews, commentary and information on Hollywood's biggest special effects films and producers.

    Visit the archived site at http://www.vfxhq.com.