Erik graduated from Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School in 1990 and then earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Film Production from Simon Fraser University in 1998. Erik is an industry leading creator of visual effects with more than 15 years experience working on major feature films. He started out in the entertainment industry making music videos. Erik’s career in the motion pictures began as a commercial Inferno artist working at Toybox, a Canadian Visual Effects company with studios in Toronto and Vancouver. He quickly moved into compositing feature films, working his way through the ranks as Lead Compositor and Compositing Supervisor, eventually joining the Visual Effects division of Technicolor as Visual Effects Supervisor.
In 2006 he moved to his current role as Visual Effects Supervisor based at the Moving Picture Company (MPC) where he supervised the teams working on movies including The A-Team, Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, Source Code, Elysium and Fast & Furious 6, as well as bringing Electro to life in The Amazing Spiderman 2 in 2013.
Erik accepted his first role as Production VFX Supervisor in 2014 for the movie Goosebumps, leading the team on a scope of work ranging from CG environments to magical effects and frightening monsters. Erik prepped and posted the movie in Los Angeles and shot principal photography in Atlanta, Georgia.
Erik’s next project was the sci-fi love story Passengers working alongside Director Morten Tyldum as Production VFX Supervisor, overseeing a variety of work including space environments of vehicles, digital characters and some stunning FX. This production involved supervision of a team of about 800 visual effect people.
Awards and Recognition:
- Awarded Membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - 2018
- Shortlisted in the Bakeoff for the - 2017 Academy Awards in the category of Best VFX
- Best Cinematography in a Short Film (nominated) – The 2002 Leo Awards
- Best Cinematography in a Student Film - The 1997 Canadian Society of Cinematographer Awards
- Best Student Film - Northwest Film and Video Festival - Portland Oregon
- People’s Choice Award - Best Film - Cascadia Film Festival