Ian Hunter is an Academy Award winning visual effects supervisor and co-founder of New Deal Studios (NDS). A renaissance man with multiple talents in many disciplines, Hunter has overseen production of many complex sequences of some of the great blockbusters of our time.
From pre-visualization to miniature build, practical effects photography, and all the way through digital effects including matte painting, 3D digital animation and compositing, Hunter has the rare gift of having a hands-on approach to directing and creating effects while keeping a solid business sense. A visionary in the field of motion picture visual effects, Hunter has worked on many feature films and commercial projects over a 20 plus year career that has garnered him recognition from the Visual Effects Society (VES).
In 2006, Hunter was nominated for a VES Award for the “Living Tree” Walgreens ad campaign. In 2008, Hunter was nominated for a VES Award for the freeway sequence for the movie “Live Free or Die Hard.” In addition, that same year, he was nominated for a VES Award for the destruction of the miniature building and crane in the movie “Spiderman 3.” In 2009, Hunter won 2 VES Awards. One for the garbage truck crash for the movie “The Dark Knight,” and the other for the “Love/Hate Anthem” New Balance ad campaign. In 2010, Hunter won another VES Award for the National Air and Space Museum escape scene from “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.” In 2011, Ian was nominated for a VES Award for the “Elastic TV Nature’s Fix” Arrowhead ad campaign. In addition, that same year Hunter won a VES Award for the hospital fortress destruction scene in “Inception.” The following year, Hunter was nominated for another VES Award for the airplane heist scene in the movie “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Looking toward the future, Hunter plans to parlay his experience in visual effects and film design into other areas of filmmaking, including writing and directing. He has completed several short films and is currently packaging a project he developed with business partner Matthew Gratzner. Hunter is a member of the Visual Effects Society and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Visual Effects branch.