Special Effects Developer
By: Skylar Baker
What is a Special Effects Developer?
A special effects developer creates realistic and imaginative scenes for theater, television, movies and the internet. They use CGI, make-up, environments, mechanics and other tools in their craft.
A Day in the life of a Special Effects Developer
A special effects artist works with a group of people to make a project come together. There are several special effects artists working on different components of the exact same scene and they must work together to create one image. Artists make their images work with backgrounds, live actors, directors and other special effects artists who may be working on other characters or image types.
Special effects artists rarely work regular schedules. Long hours and weekends are normal rather than the exception for these artists. Special effects artists work for large companies, such as Industrial Light & Magic, Pixar, Disney and Dreamworks, or for independent filmmakers.