Ethan Helms

Longmont, Colorado

About Me

Experienced artist and project lead with a successful history of working in the motion pictures, television and advertising industries. I worked as a freelance motion graphic designer for a number of years before, during and after my graduation from The Art Institute of Colorado. Shortly after finishing my bachelors degree, I moved to Toronto, Ontario where I took a position with Deluxe Creative Services and contributed work to the 2D / 3D portfolio of companies such as Industrial Light and Magic, Method Studios, Deluxe VFX and Marvel Studios. My work can be seen in over 50 Feature Films and T.V shows including "Star Wars Episode IX", "Avengers: Endgame" and "Umbrella Academy". I have also had the privilege of leading multiple teams of 30 talented artists for both stereoscopic conversion and 2D visual effects.

o Rig removal and plate prep
o 2D/3D Tracking
o Compositing multi-pass CG renders and 2D elements into live action footage
o Projection mapping
o Green screen / Blue screen extractions
o Image based keying
o Production management
o Strong knowledge of the stereo and visual effects pipeline

Software Knowledge:
o Adobe After Effects
o Adobe Photoshop
o Adobe Premier
o Adobe Creative Cloud
o Shotgun, Flux, Google Suite
o Nuke, NukeX
o Silhouette
o Mocha
o Cinema 4D, Maya
o Syntheyes, PFTrack
o Nuke Python, TCL and Expressions
o MS Excel
o MS Word

I have been in the industry since 2010.

Compositing Show Reel 2020
Added on 9/24/2020
This showcase includes work from the years of 2019 and 2020. It includes work from projects like Umbrella Academy Season 2, The Mandalorian Season 1, Ready or Not and more.Each shot in the cut demonstrates understanding of key compositing fundamentals and knowledge of the visual effects pipeline.


VFX Compositor – Umbrella Academy Season 2

February, 2020 — May, 2020
Television – Deluxe VFX

VFX Roto/Paint and Project Lead – Bloodshot

November, 2019 — January, 2020
Feature – Stereo D VFX

VFX Roto/Paint and Project Lead – Harley Quin: Birds of Prey

November, 2019 — December, 2019
Feature – Stereo D VFX

Motion Designer – Notepad

August, 2014 — August, 2014
Corporate – RMO Films

Motion Graphics Artist – Children of the Light

June, 2013 — June, 2013
Corporate – Peace Jam inc.

Work with Ethan Helms

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