ERIK NASH, Visual Effects Supervisor, Digital Domain

Erik Nash

Erik Nash’s career spans three decades years and dozens of films. He was nominated for an Academy Award® for his work on I, Robot, and his visual effect supervisor credits also include Real Steel, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Armageddon, Rules of Engagement, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Red Planet and My Super Ex-Girlfriend.

Previously, Erik was visual effects director of photography on Apollo 13, Chain Reaction, Star Trek: Nemesis, xXx, Stealth and Titanic. For Titanic he designed a real-time motion control rig that was employed for many of the film’s Academy Award®-winning visual effects shots. Earlier in his career Erik was a visual effects camera operator on Star Trek: The Motion Picture and spent eight seasons as lead visual effects cameraman on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. His work on the Star Trek shows earned him two Emmy Awards. Erik holds a B.A. in Visual Communication from Occidental College and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.


Real Steel: Bringing Virtual Production Into the Real World

28 October 17.30 – 18.30

The visceral robot boxing matches in Shawn Levy’s Real Steel were conceived, planned and executed using an innovative process that gave the filmmakers unprecedented creative freedom and efficiency – by taking virtual production out of the studio and bringing it into real world settings.  Visual effects supervisor Erik Nash and his team at Digital Domain designed a virtual production workflow that allowed Levy to direct CG characters as if they were actually present on set – in the boxing rings where background plates were shot – just like he would shoot any other scene with human actors. Using performance capture technology and the Simul-Cam system made famous on Avatar, the process enabled Levy to “see” fighting robots through the camera during principal photography in Detroit, even though to everyone else on set it appeared they were filming an empty boxing ring.  Nash will talk about the details of this groundbreaking project, specifically the ways in which technology was used in service of a story that resonates on an emotional level.