Conrad Olson – Compositor
Canadian, UK and Australian citizen, currently working in Vancouver, BC.
I am a compositor with nearly 10 years of feature film and high end TV experience. I enjoy being part of a team that creates high quality work and I love having the responsibility of being the last person to work on a shot before it is finalled.
I also teach compositing and enjoy training other artists, and working with other departments to plan projects and improve pipelines.
The Meg, Skyscraper, The Gifted, Game Over Man, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Fast & Furious 8
Compositor at Umedia, Vancouver, 2017 – 2018
I was one of the first artists hired at Umedia’s new Vancouver facility. I worked as part of a small team establishing the new VFX office, working closely with supervisors and pipeline.
Projects included The Meg, Skyscraper, The Gifted (TV), Game Over Man and a Telus TV commercial.
Compositing Instructor at Think Tank, North Vancouver
2017 – Present
I teach the compositing class at Think Tank Training Centre one evening a week. This involves teaching in front of a group of 14 students. I am responsible for writing and preparing all materials for the course.
Compositor at Digital Domain, Vancouver, 2015 – 2017
Deadpool, Independence Day: Resurgence and Beauty And The Beast, Fast & Furious 8, Spider-Man: Homecoming (including stereo shots).
Compositor at MPC, Vancouver, 2015
The Finest Hours, which included delivering some shots in stereo.
Compositor at Image Engine, Vancouver, 2014 – 2015
Chappie and Jurassic World.
Compositor at Sony Imageworks, Vancouver, 2013
Edge Of Tomorrow.
Compositor at Gener8, Vancouver, 2013
I worked on the stereo conversion for 300: Rise Of An Empire
Compositor at Image Engine, Vancouver, 2012 – 2013
Elysium, R.I.P.D. and Lone Survivor.
Compositor at MPC, Vancouver, 2011 – 2012
Jack The Giant Slayer, a native stereo project.
Compositor at Framestore, London, 2009 – 2011
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Parts 1 & 2, Sherlock Holmes 2 and Nanny McPhee & The Big Bang.
During The Deathly Hallows Part 2, I was in charge of the stereo workflow.
Paint and Roto Artist at Framestore, London, 2008 – 2009
I was the head of the department for three months.
Lead roto artist for Avatar.
As well as my teaching experience at Think Tank, I have also written and recorded an online Nuke class for Pluralsight and several personal video tutorials. I have also hosted group training sessions at Framestore and UMedia.
I enjoy personal mentoring and have run one-on-one mentor sessions at Think Tank. I also often spend time helping junior artists improve their compositing skills at work.
Nuke, Ocula, Silhouette, Mocha, building gizmos and writing expressions.
I have a very good understanding of the principles of photography and regularly shoot with my DSLR.
Other Computer Skills
Linux, Mac and Windows experience.
Video editing and encoding.
I have been head of department and a lead artist and have experience with Shotgun project management software.
Complete Compositing Course, Escape Studios, London
A comprehensive, intensive compositing course, covering the full range of compositing skills.
I was trained in Shake, Nuke, Toxik, Boujou, PF Track, and Silhouette.
BSc Multimedia Production – 1st Class, Nottingham Trent University, 2001 – 2004
Modules included Video Production, Audio Production, 3D Animation, Project Management and Multimedia Law.
I received the second highest degree in the year and was the elected student representative.