Ian Hunter is the creative director, award-winning visual effects supervisor and co-founder of New Deal Studios (NDS). A renaissance man with multiple talents in many disciplines, Hunter has overseen production of many complex sequences of some of the biggest blockbusters of our time.
From pre-visualization to miniature build, practical effects photography and all the way through digital effects including, matte painting, 3D digital animation and compositing, Hunter has the rare gift of having a hands-on approach to directing and creating effects while keeping a solid business sense. A visionary in the field of motion picture visual effects, Hunter has worked on many feature films and commercial projects over a 25 year plus career that has garnered him recognition in the entertainment industry.
Hunter has won 4 Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards including for sequences in Inception, The Dark Knight, and New Balance Love/Hate Anthem. He then entered into an emerging entertainment media form by writing and directing the cinematic Virtual Reality tim Kaiju Fury, which went on to being featured in the Sundance Festival’s New Frontiers Program.
Hunter supervised New Deal Studios contribution to Christopher Nolan’s Science fiction film Interstellar. This work garnered Hunter nominations from the BAFTAS and Academy Awards for Outstanding Visual Effects. He would later go on to receive both awards.
Recently Hunter worked on director Damien Chapelle’s science fact film First Man which chronicles the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong. Again Hunter’s work received recognition from the VFX and film community with First Man earning Hunter a VES Award for Supporting Visual Effects, and his second Academy Award for Outstanding Visual Effects.
Looking toward the future, Hunter plans to parley his experience in visual effects and film design into other areas of film making, including writing and directing.
Hunter is a member of the Visual ?Effects Society and the Visual Effects Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.