Tanvir Hanif ran the visual effects department at ITV for a decade before redundancy gave him an opportunity to start his own effects company. Today, Hanif is owner and company director at Digital Imaging FX, where along with a talented team of artists, he prides himself on delivering innovative VFX solutions for primetime television projects.
Together with advising directors on set and artists in-house, Hanif takes a hands-on approach to each project: regularly using Fusion Studio to complete his own shots. Hanif’s recent credits as visual effects supervisor include Sky One’s Brassic, Sky Atlantic’s Gangs Of London, and BBC One’s The Little Drummer Girl. To find out more about how one man can achieve so much, 3D World recently caught up with Hanif about his typical, or not so typical, day-to-day routine.
No two days are exactly the same, but I would normally choose the morning to travel to a production meeting with my visual effects producer, Becci Blood. She’s a big part of my team and very experienced in the world of television drama. We met at ITV and have been working together for ten years. I will review my emails then run over our plan for how we can make the best impression. As a boutique, we pride ourselves on giving a personalised service, so client interactions and relationships are important.
We meet with the client – usually this will be a producer or director, who will discuss their script and where their ambitions lie when it comes to VFX. We’ll get a sense of budget, so I can advise on how we can help. By the end, I’ll be sure of client expectations, and how we can best deliver this project. This meeting also helps me understand the resourcing requirements. On a big project, I will hire up to ten freelancers to complement my team of four.
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