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Reuben Montgomery

New Zealand,  Auckland Media Design School,  3D Animation and Visual Effects,  November 25, 2014
As a Compositor currently pathing the way for a bright future, Reuben Montgomery has been described as "...the Will Smith of VFX Compositors; handsome, cool and composed but knows how to kick arse."

Most recently, Reuben graduated from the Media Design School of Auckland, where he obtained outstanding results and was part of many successful productions such as The Hunting Party, Shelved Stunts and Fawn.

Reuben has been voted 'Best VFX Artist' for five consecutive years by his mother and has also had his work featured on his grandmothers fridge for more than 20 consecutive years. He was voted 'most likely to change the world as a Compositor' by some guy he met at the shops recently.

When he’s not answering the question “why?” to the crash report for the millionth time, you will find him either skiing in the Swiss alps, bike-riding the length of New Zealand or hiking through the Himalayas to the base camp of Mount Everest. You know... the usual stuff. His interests include semi-dangerous sports, travelling, quoting Shrek (but not the sequels) and winning the CG Student of the Year Award.

His latest short film "Leshy" is due to hit screen shortly after he finishes it, which should be soon. Maybe. Like, a few weeks. Give or take.

Take a sec to throw a vote his way and look at all the hard work below and long hours he has put into it.
  • Compositing
  • Design
  • FX/Simulations
  • Look Development
  • Pre-visualisation
  • Rotoscoping
  • Story Development
  • Texture Painting
  • Mari
  • Maya
  • Nuke
  • Photoshop
  • Student of the Year
  • 2880 Page Views
  • 7 Images
  • April 15, 2015
0.06 - 0.10
Shelved Stunts - Web Series (2014)
Environment Build
- on-site HDRI spherical capture
- surveying
- modelling
- Mari texturing
Compositing, environment integration, cg lights, custom built lens distortion, sky elements and haze.

0.10 - 0.21
Hunting Party - Short Film (2014)
Compositing, wire removal, clean plating, makeup correction,
demon effects, fire effects.
The film crew were also unable to do a pickup shot of the
character’s death. I haven’t included the shot in my reel, although
I was able to create a similar shot that shows his death. To do this
I used camera parallax and my clean plate along with some other

0.22 - 0.28
Fawn - Short Film (2014)
Compositing, macro time-lapse photography, filming, texture
image capture, Adobe Recap geometry, clean plating, light and
dust effects.

0.28 - 0.45
Shelved Stunts - Web Series (2014)
Compositing, environment integration. roto painting, CG lighting,
camera projecting, match moving.
Environment Build
- onsite HDRI spherical capture
- surveying
- modelling
- Mari texturing

0.46 - 0.57
Hunting Party - Short Film (2014)
Wire removal and clean plating for two shots.
- falling leaves removal
- keeping branches still
- rotoscoping
- rebuilding clothing (harness and wires)
- removing distracting rainforest elements

0.58 - 1.08
Fawn - Short Film (2014)
Compositing, filming and imagery, camera projection mapping,
creating Recap geometry, producing holdout mattes, grade, matte
for moth transition to next shot.

1.09 - 1.19
Fawn - Short Film (2014)
Compositing, light FX, various glow mattes, camera movement to
accomodate the particle simulation.

1.20 - 1.30
Shelved Stunts - Web Series (2014)
Compositing, environment elements and build, UV distortion map
created from camera lens, sky and hase domes.

1.31 - 1.39
Fawn - Short Film (2014)
Compositing, time-lapse photography, sky replacement, nuke
particle leaves for the branch, subtle ocean movements.

The other scenes used at the end of my reel are not broken down but are from the same productions.

People's Choice Awards

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