Hamish Schumacher is a VFX Supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks, with almost two decades of extensive visual effects experience working on live-action features.
Previously, Schumacher served as visual effects supervisor at Method Studios supervising multiple live-action features including: A BABYSITTER’S GUIDE TO MONSTER HUNTING, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL, and THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES.
While at Method Studios, Schumacher also held positions as associate visual effects supervisor, DFX supervisor, and composting supervisor. His additional live-action credits include: THOR: RAGNAROK, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, SAN ANDREAS, TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, and WHITE HOUSE DOWN.
Early in his career, Schumacher held compositing roles at Weta Digital, Image Engine, and MPC. His numerous credits include: the Academy Award®-winning LIFE OF PI (compositing supervisor) and THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING, DISTRICT 9, MALEFICENT, ELYSIUM, X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, KING KONG, I, ROBOT, and VAN HELSING.
Name your three favorite movies:
CASINO (classic gangster movie), GRANDMA'S BOY (when I want to laugh at something silly with the wife), THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (first VFX movie I ever worked on and thought it was a great way to round out the trilogy).
What inspired you to becoming involved in making movies?
Since I was a kid, I always enjoyed toying around with video cameras and making stop motion movies with potato characters :) Eventually that progressed into making a snowboarding movie following some of New Zealand’s best riders for a winter. After that, I was lucky enough to have a good buddy of mine working at Weta and he helped me get in on the ground floor for my first gig as a roto artist on LOTR. From then on, I was hooked on VFX!!!