Clara Chan is a VFX Supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks with over two decades of industry experience.
In 2001, Clara joined Imageworks as a technical director in the lighting department. Her credits include the recent Academy Award®-nominated animated features SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE and OVER THE MOON, the first three HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA movies, STORKS, THE EMOJI MOVIE, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, CATS & DOGS 2, G-FORCE, BEOWULF, the Academy Award®-nominated MONSTER HOUSE, POLAR EXPRESS, and STUART LITTLE 2.
Earlier in her career, Clara worked as a software engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab.
Clara earned a B.S. in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master’s degree in visualization sciences from Texas A&M University. In her spare time, Clara is also directing and producing an animated short film, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.
Name your three favorite movies:
IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, CASTLE IN THE SKY, and DEAD POETS SOCIETY
What is your proudest achievement while working at Imageworks?
Watching the beautiful imagery our team made for OVER THE MOON on the big screen with my family was one of my proudest moments. The story, which is based on one of my favorite Chinese legends, is so close to my heart. It is a rare opportunity to work on a movie with so much Asian representation on and off screen. It was also super inspiring to work closely with Glen Keane to bring his vision to life. Our hard work paid off and the movie is recognized with an Oscar nomination!
What inspired you to become involved in making movies?
I have always been interested in both art and science. Watching movies is one of my favorite things to do. When I learned about the field of animation and visual effects, it fit perfectly with my interests and skill set. Also, making movies is such a collaborative and creative process which I truly enjoy.