VFX Art Director
Daniel Cox is VFX Art Director at Sony Pictures Imageworks, responsible for setting the art direction on various shows and designing visual effects solutions in collaboration with Visual Effects Supervisors.
He joins the company with substantial creative experience as Visual Effects Art Director on THE GREAT GATSBY (Warner Bros.) and SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA (Starz), conceptual illustrator on GODS OF EGYPT (Lionsgate) and HACKSAW RIDGE (Summit Entertainment), and storyboard artist on PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES (Disney) and THE WOLVERINE (Fox).
Previously, Cox was a senior matte painter and conceptual illustrator at Weta Digital in New Zealand, working on FANTASTIC 4: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER (Fox) and ERAGON (Fox), and spent the last decade working in various creative roles for leading film and television production companies in Australia, including Bazmark Films, Emu Creek Pictures and Animal Logic.
He completed a Bachelor of Design, Visual Communications from the University of Technology, Sydney and graduated with honors in 1994.
Cox is a member of the Visual Effects Society.
Name your three favorite movies:
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK - amazing cinematography, miniature work, drama and one of the best one-liners in the history of cinema!
THE GODFATHER - a classic. Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes!
TANGO & CASH - Best (worst) movie ever!
What is your proudest achievement while working at Imageworks?
I'm still only relatively new here, but I think how proactive I've been in trying to generate work and helping guide marketing and other miscellaneous creative tasks that I do outside of the shows. But show wise, it has to be SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING. As the VFX Art Director, I feel I was able to add a lot of creative visual solutions to the show, such as the look of the skies in the third act and the look of the damaged Vulture wings, including all the electrical sparks, which the director loved. Very proud of that work and glad the film was a big hit!
What inspired you to become involved in making movies?
Many things - the animation work of Walt Disney, reading Marvel and DC comics as a kid, the STAR WARS 'Art of' books, my junior high teacher, Ron Leishman, who really took an interest in opening up my visual palette, visionary films such as BLADE RUNNER, the STAR WARS films, ALIEN and ALIENS and reading about the talented artists that made these films become reality, in magazines such as CINEFEX, CINEFATASTIQUE, STARLOG and FANGORIA. Also, any one of the multitude of trips to an art gallery, an interest in storytelling from an early age, the excitement of sitting in a darkened theater - just a culmination of all these things made me want to be a filmmaker.