David Smith is a VFX Supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks, most recently supervising THE EMOJI MOVIE for Sony Pictures Animation and STORKS for Warner Animation Group.
Previously, Smith served as digital effects supervisor on THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, directed by Marc Webb.
Smith has worked on multiple Academy Award®-nominated features including: THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE (2006 Academy Award® nominee, Achievement in Visual Effects), HOLLOW MAN (2000 Academy Award® nominee, Achievement in Visual Effects), STUART LITTLE (1999 Academy Award® nominee, Achievement in Visual Effects), STARSHIP TROOPERS (1998 Academy Award® nominee, Achievement in Visual Effects).
During his time at Imageworks, Smith has worked on many other films including: EAGLE EYE, I AM LEGEND, GREEN LANTERN, CATS AND DOGS 2, BEOWULF, HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE and GODZILLA.
Smith earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Television and Film from San Diego State University. He began his entertainment career as a runner at Boss Film Studios in 1991. While working in the Boss purchasing department, Smith offered to also work nights and mornings in the rapidly expanding CGI department. Smith quickly moved up to senior technical director working on such features as SPECIES and OUTBREAK and animating on the theme park ride "Scuba Dog." He was promoted to scene supervisor for MULTIPLICITY, creating on-set pre-visualization and leading a team of compositors to complete the effects work.
David has been a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Art and Sciences since 2013.
Name your three favorite movies:
JAWS, AMADEUS and BLADE RUNNER (original)
What is your proudest achievement while working at Imageworks?
Being asked to join the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences after working on I AM LEGEND and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN films. Also, working on STORKS - while not a huge success commercially, I am so proud of the crew and how visually stunning it looks.
What inspired you to becoming involved in making movies?
My parents were always entertained by my imaginative play as a kid, and they encouraged me to apply it in the arts. My dad worked at IBM and my mom is an artist, so I dabbled in engineering and art. Then found that I could combine the disciplines to create new worlds in storytelling.