Port Orchard visual effects guru is building exciting new worlds on his computer
Ian Hubert has developed a national reputation for his lightning-fast skills. # k5soiree
PORT ORCHARD, Washington – It’s an industrial city you won’t find on any map. But every tower, every airship, every bird and every detail was built in an old church in Port Orchard by Jean-Hubert, using green screens, a camera and open source computer programs like Blender and Adobe Side effects.
âA lot of times on set someone asks me if something is possible,â says Hubert, âand the answer is, with the visual effects, almost always yesâ.
Hubert started building worlds as a schoolboy who filled out sketchbooks. Now, at lightning speed, he is building worlds on his computer.
âI think it’s fun spending a lot of time creating something and letting someone else in that space,â he says.
Hubert was hired to create full effects for music videos, like “Arrows” by Fences, with Macklemore. It has been viewed on YouTube by 14 million people.
âWe weren’t even going for realism,â he says. “We were sort of going through this illustrative, flattened look.”
The car chase at Ed Sheeran’s house “South of the border” video? It was also Hubert.
âWe got 3D models of these cars and we just animated them digitally, trying to match the lighting so that everything fits together,â he says.
The concert work was great, Hubert says, but he never wanted to join an army of visual effects animators on big budget movies. And this despite a flood of tempting offers that have been pouring in since Hubert posted a twenty-minute film he made called “Dynamo Dream”.
âIt was shot exactly where we are sitting right now,â says Hubert inside the old church sanctuary. “I just used green screens and a few softboxes to turn it on.”
Hubert admits he has irregular hours.
âI’m absolutely a night owl,â he says, âwhich means most of the time I don’t really get into that hyper-focused headspace until midnight and I know everyone’s gone to bed. . “
Hubert has developed a national reputation for sharing everything he has learned about Blender and After Effects in quick tutorials. He has five thousand followers subscribed to his Patreon account, where they pay a monthly fee to get his tips and videos.
He agreed to use “Evening” host’s son, Saint Bryan, Cooper, as a model to show off one of the ways he builds characters for his worlds.
âWe’re going to do a process called photo scanning where you take a lot of photos of your subject and then the computer triangulates all the points and gives you a template at the end,â he says. “I can take this model and assemble it and I can marry it, so it’s a really quick way to get some pretty photo-real characters.”
The end product, built in 15 minutes, freaked out Cooper a bit.
These are the worlds of Ian Hubert. We are just lucky to visit them.