SIGGRAPH Spotlight: Episode 53 – Swen Gillberg on the VFX of ‘Free Guy’

by | 4 March 2022 | Conferences, Film, Production, Visual Effects

From left to right: Swen Gillberg and Darin Grant

SIGGRAPH Spotlight goes to the Oscars … sort of. Catch the latest podcast episode to hear SIGGRAPH 2022 Electronic Theater Director Darin Grant (Animal Logic) talk with VFX Supervisor Swen Gillberg. The two discuss the Oscar-nominated visual effects of “Free Guy”, as well as Gillberg’s career to date, how production continues to evolve amid the pandemic, and what’s next on Gillberg’s impressive roster of projects.

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About Our Guest

Swen Gillberg is a visual effects (VFX) supervisor known for his work on projects with Digital Domain, Marvel, and more. Nominated for an Academy Award® for his work on “Real Steel” and “Free Guy”, Swen has focused on the integration of live elements and CGI for more than two decades. He began his career in 1997 and has been a CG supervisor on features like “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”, “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief”, “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”, and “Letters from Iwo Jima”. His 3D integration credits include “A Beautiful Mind”, “The Day After Tomorrow”, “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”, and more. Swen was the on-set VFX supervisor for “Jack the Giant Slayer”, and has supervised plate photography on set for “xXx”, “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”, “Stealth”, “Flags of Our Fathers”, “Red Planet”, and “Ender’s Game”. He was VFX supervisor on “Night at the Museum”, “Fast and the Furious 7”, and “Captain America Civil War”, and, recently, was an additional VFX supervisor on “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame”.  He is currently the VFX supervisor for Netflix’s “The Gray Man”. Swen holds a B.S. in structural engineering from UCLA.

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