SAN FRANCISCO, July 11, 2016 — Ollie Rankin, Visual Effects Supervisor of ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass,’ formerly with Double Negative Visual Effects, has signed on to join Uncorporeal Systems as Head of VFX and VR Production.
“When I went looking for the highest fidelity performance capture on the market, I was impressed with how far ahead Uncorporeal was in that field. I went on to co-direct a VR short, `Alcatraz Island Lofts`, with their talented team. I’m passionate about exploring the potential of this company’s unique technology to create narrative VR that’s truly cinematic, featuring real actors and performances,” said Rankin.
A computer scientist with a specialization in artificial intelligence, Rankin pioneered the field of digital crowd and battle simulation at Weta Digital on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.
As one of the leading VFX Supervisors in Hollywood, Rankin has helmed more than a dozen major films, including `Transformers: Age of Extinction`, `G.I. Joe: Retaliation` and `White House Down`. This past year his credits included the films `Pelé: Birth of a Legend` and `Alice Through the Looking Glass`, with `Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children` due out in September.
“Adding one of the industry’s top visual effects supervisors, and promising VR directors, reaffirms our technical readiness and comittment to shooting cinematic quality VR. Our already solid team of industry experts just leveled up,” said Sebastian Marino, CEO and co-founder.
Kul Wadhwa, COO and co-founder, adds, “It’s an honor to have Ollie join Uncorporeal as we bring our solutions to market. He has transformed the field of VFX, and we all feel very confident he’ll help us take VR to the next level.”
Based in San Francisco and New York, Uncorporeal Systems is known for its industry leading light-field capture technology, called 10DVR™. This unique technology marks the first opportunity for VR filmmakers to tell room-scale character driven stories featuring real actors.
Ollie Rankin is a New Zealand born virtual reality storyteller and visual effects supervisor whose feature film career spans more than 16 years and 26 films. He has been involved in many of cinema’s biggest franchises, from the Lord of the Rings and Matrix trilogies, to the X-Men and Transformers series. In 2012 he founded Pansensory Interactive, a Vancouver, BC startup focused on pioneering the new forms of storytelling made possible by virtual/augmented reality and artificial intelligence.
Sebastian Marino is the CEO and co-founder of Uncorporeal Systems. Sebastian has enjoyed a diverse career, from receiving an Academy Award for his work in visual effects with Lucasfilm/ILM, to his role as Chief Software Architect at Google X’s wind power-generation startup, Makani Power. Sebastian is a film industry veteran with nearly 20 years’ experience as a technology innovator, where he’s made significant contributions to numerous Oscar and Visual Effects Society Award winning films as well as some of the most successful film franchises of all time including Avatar, Spiderman, Pirates of the Caribbean, Terminator, Harry Potter, Star Wars, The Mummy & Jurassic Park.
Kul Wadhwa is the COO and co-founder of Uncorporeal Systems, a start-up company that provides the most realistic state-of-the-art solutions for creating VR and AR experiences. Previously, Kul was Managing Director at the Wikimedia Foundation, where he led mobile and growth to make their flagship product – Wikipedia – the fifth most visited website on the planet. Kul has founded or led multiple start-ups in the fields of consumer web/mobile internet, e-commerce, enterprise software and education technology. Kul received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University.