Post house Absolute has hired VFX Supervisor, Mark Pinheiro.

Pinheiro will oversee the VFX pipeline across Absolute’s client base “while stepping into the exciting new frontiers of Virtual Production.”

Pinheiro has thirty years in the industry with stints at studios including MPC, The Mill, Goldcrest Post, Aardman Animations, Screen Scene, Molinare and most recently, Framestore.

His portfolio boasts credits including Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ and Martin Scorsese’s ‘Hugo’ that scored an Oscar and a BAFTA for VFX each, with season two of ‘The Witcher’ also achieving the latter. His work on season six of ‘Game Of Thrones’ scored a VFX EMMY, as did BBC’s miniseries, ‘Man In An Orange Shirt’. In music, Coldplay’s ‘Daddy’ won at the British Animation Awards as well as The Drum Awards, whilst Klaxons’ ‘TwinFlames’ scored best VFX at the UK MVAs.

Before VFX, he acquired a professional credit “in just about every role in front of and behind the camera”

“Everybody assumed that I’d only gotten through the door because of some equal opportunities scheme for ethnic minorities. But I’ve never quit, and I don’t wear a chip on my shoulder. It simply created this monster in me and forced me to dig my heels in until I became the guy who got to chaperone people in who were just like me,” said Pinheiro.

In 2000, he retrained at the National Film & Television School’s compositing course, ‘The Finishing School’, he later ended up teaching the course professionally. In 2004, he sidestepped to Escape Studios, where he trained a large portion of London’s VFX community.

He has also just completed an MA in screenwriting.

“Absolute are one of the last standing examples of the old school post house model and pride themselves on running a decent, fair and respectable studio. They treat staff as family and create an environment where everybody invests in putting out their best work. There’s nothing better than spending your day around kindred spirits who see the world through the same lens as yourself. I’m really excited to be joining such a fantastic legacy of artists,” said Pinheiro.

Absolute’s CEO, David Smith, comments, “Mark has an undeniably impressive portfolio and his understanding of the industry as a whole makes him a total catch. But far more than this, he really supports our vision for the future and understands our morals. I couldn’t be happier to welcome him to Absolute.”

Jon Creamer

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