Tracey Landau

VFX Artist Seattle, WA

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PRODUCTION EXPERIENCE:

    Hardsuit Labs
    August 2019 – Present
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Made AAA VFX for Bloodlines 2, starting from concept design and storyboarding, texture creation, and fluid simulations, to creating particle systems, material/shader building, modelling, content programming, environment dressing, and setting up VFX in sequences/timelines. Identified VFX needs, tracked tasks, set up pipelines, and optimized VFX performance. Highlights would be all the fantastic and unique Vampire ability VFX I was able to create, allowing me the opportunity to create complex, more AAA-quality effects than ever before.

    Harebrained Schemes
    August 2018 – June 2019
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Created particle systems and fluid simulations, flipbooks, concept designs, and materials/shaders. Built fx libraries, managed VFX technological needs, and updated fx and art across different projects. I also helped with some creative preproduction tasks such as research and documentation. Highlights would include fx for building destruction, designing holograms and video ads for environments, and explosions. Titles worked on include:

~ BattleTech: Urban Warfare
~ BattleTech: Flashpoint
~ BattleTech

    Wargaming Seattle
    January 2018 – August 2018
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Created photorealistic effects and connected them in game with proper logic, created fluid sims, did environment fx dressing, fixed bugs and performance problems, and built materials/shaders for Wargaming’s unreleased title. Highlights include realistic smoke and fire, flimsy destruction, and subtle environmental fx (sand, falling ash, blowing newspaper, etc).

    Telltale Games
    May 2015 – January 2018
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Created particle systems and sprites, implemented fx in timelines, did environment fx dressing,
managed JIRA and assigned work across the team, and built shaders for games shipped across all
platforms on a compressed schedule. Highlights include various mystical sci-fi fx in Guardians of the Galaxy, explosions in Batman, and fire, smoke, and ash in The Walking Dead: Michonne. Titles I've worked on are:

Releasing in 2017:

~ Minecraft Story Mode: Above and Beyond
~ Batman Enemy Within: Fractured Mask
~ Minecraft Story Mode: Below the Bedrock
~ Guardians of the Galaxy: Don't Stop Believin
~ Batman Enemy Within: The Pact
~ Minecraft Story Mode: Jailhouse Block
~ Guardians of the Galaxy: Who Needs You
~ Batman Enemy Within: The Enigma
~ Minecraft Story Mode: Giant Consequences
~ Guardians of the Galaxy: More Than a Feeling
~ Minecraft Story Mode: Hero in Residence
~ Guardians of the Galaxy: Under Pressure
~ Walking Dead Ep. 305
~ Walking Dead Ep. 304
~ Walking Dead Ep. 303
~ Guardians of the Galaxy: Tangled Up in Blue

Released in 2016:

~ Walking Dead Ep. 302
~ Walking Dead Ep. 301
~ Batman: City of Light
~ Batman: Guardians of Gotham
~ Batman: New World Order
~ Batman: Children of Arkham
~ Minecraft Story Mode: A Journey's End
~ Batman: Realm of Shadows
~ Minecraft Story Mode: Access Denied
~ Minecraft Story Mode: A Portal to Mystery
~ Walking Dead: Michonne Ep. 3
~ Walking Dead: Michonne Ep. 2
~ Minecraft: Story Mode Ep. 105
~ Walking Dead: Michonne Ep. 1

Released in 2015:

~ Minecraft: Story Mode Ep. 104
~ Minecraft: Story Mode Ep. 103
~ Game of Thrones Ep. 106
~ Minecraft: Story Mode Ep. 102
~ Tales from the Borderlands Ep. 5
~ Minecraft: Story Mode Ep. 101
~ Tales from the Borderlands Ep. 4
~ Game of Thrones Ep. 105
~ Tales from the Borderlands Ep. 3

    Tristar Products, Inc.
    November 2011 – April 2015
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• September 2012 – April 2015
On-set VFX supervisor and logo/product animation artist for Tristar’s television commercials and other spots. Created concept designs and did modeling & texturing, animation, and compositing. Projects include commercials for the Dancing Jewel collection, Genie brand items, Clear TV Antenna, Health Master Elite, Perfecter, Little Yello Steamer, Flex-able Hose, Power Grater, and others.

• November 2011 – September 2012
Created motion graphics and did graphic design, compositing, and other post FX. Worked on sales videos and television commercials for products including Silly Slippeez, Iron Maid, Flex-Able Hose, MagicLite Pillow, QTech Pots & Pans, and Great Value Vacations packages to Ireland

    Stray (feature film)
    December 2014 – March 2015
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“Stray” is an independent dramatic feature.
• Replaced backgrounds and added steam, smoke, and fire in key scenes of the film, which
included green screening and compositing
• Worked closely with the cinematographer while performing color correction and color grading
for the entire film

    Kollins Communications
    March 2014 – December 2014
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Created concept designs, did video & photo compositing, 3D modeling, and animation for advertisements & demo videos for Samsung and Sharp product commercials and spots.

    Dark Tarot (feature film)
    June 2012 – December 2012
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“Dark Tarot” is a made-for-TV feature thriller.
• Worked closely with the director on set as VFX Supervisor
• Created 3D sequences, added fog, green screening, compositing, and color correction
• Designed and animated the film's opening title sequence

    Freelance 3D Artist, Motion Graphics/Graphic Design Artist
    November 2011 – April 2012
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    Clients Include:

• Northrop Grumman Corp: Fire effects for promo video (FumeFX, 3D Studio Max)
• IBM: 3D Artist & compositor for print sales materials for iFortress (Maya, Photoshop)
• Black Noise Media: 3D Logo and animation artist (Maya, After Effects, Photoshop)
• GrammyBoy Entertainment: On-Set VFX Supervisor for "Girlfriend" vampire-themed music video
• MCA-I NJ: Motion graphics for group’s promotional video (After Effects)
• Merrill Lynch, NYC: Motion graphics for in-house training videos (After Effects)
• ZGC Inc: Graphic design for digital flyer (Photoshop)
• Caterwaul of Sound (Musical Group): Album cover/booklet design for “Stabby Road” (Photoshop)
• MTG Inc: Graphic design for Séance DVD Game (Photoshop)

    The Cold Equations (festival film) by Ellipsis Films
    September 2011 – November 2011
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• VFX Supervisor in charge of concept design, modeling, and texturing of the “Stardust”, the mother ship in the film, designed in 3D Studio Max
• Drafted preliminary designs for the computer and mainframe’s interface (GUI)
• Designed the textures for the planet “Woden” using Photoshop

SKILLS:

  • Unreal (including Blueprint)
  • Unity
  • 3D Studio Max (including particle flow)
  • Maya
  • FumeFX
  • Houdini
  • Substance Painter
  • After Effects (including Element 3D, Particular, Form)
  • Photoshop

Other Skills: Compositing (VFX for film, set extensions, color correction, tracking, etc), on-set VFX supervising, motion graphics, animation, modeling, writing

EDUCATION:

BA Computer Animation, Fairleigh Dickinson University 2010, magna cum laude
Study Abroad (Semester) Wroxton College, Oxfordshire, England 2010

AWARDS & HONORS:

Gold 2013 Pixie Award – An Introduction to Special Effects
Winning entry of the 2012 MCA-I Shameless Self Promotion Video Competition
Honorable Mention, 2011 Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival – An Introduction to Special Effects
Best Animation Award, 2009 FDU Film Festival – Words, Words, Words