Olaf Wendt is a visual effects supervisor, designer and director spanning work in film, TV, design, music videos and computer games.
In 2016 Olaf was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Black Sails, contributed to seasons 5 and 6 of Game of Thrones and has recently supervised Alan Taylor’s pilot Roadside Picnic as well as Gus Van Sant’s Sea of Trees.
He’s supervised features such as Dead of Night and Paul Verhoeven’s Black Book, and worked on Star Trek Into Darkness, Real Steel and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
He started out in video games, co-founding a pioneering London-based developer that produced Burn:Cycle, an award-winning tech noir action-adventure and he directed the MTV-meets-interactivity title Virtual Nightclub featuring many Polygram artists.
His short film â€˜Performerâ€™ was selected for over a dozen film festivals around the world and won several awards.
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2017 vfx supervisor, Mr X, Roadside Picnic pilot, dir Alan Taylor, Sony
2016 vfx supervisor, Digital Symphony, Game of Thrones Season 6, HBO
2015 vfx supervisor, CHE, The Sea of Trees, dir Gus Van Sant
2014/5 vfx supervisor, CHE, Black Sails Seasons 2 & 3, Starz
2015 dfx supervisor, CHE, Game of Thrones Season 5, HBO
2015 vfx supervisor, CHE, True Detective Season 2, HBO
2013 vfx supervisor, Mercy, dir Peter Cornwell, Blumhouse Productions
2012-13 senior compositor, Star Trek Into Darkness, dir JJ Abrams
2013 compositor GMC, Fox Cosmos opening @ BigBlock LA
2012-13 lead compositor, Star Trek Into Darkness, dir JJ Abrams
2012 on-set vfx for end sequence, The Double, dir Richard Ayoade.
2011 vfx supervisor at DNA for Real Steel dir Shawn Levy.
2011 compositor, Act of Valor, dir Scott Waugh / Mouse McCoy, Bandito Bros.
2011 visual effects supervisor, 3 commercials for Dell Computers through SuperAlright, LA
2011 associate producer, to.get.her, dir Erica Dunton, won “Best of Next” award at the Sundance Film Festival
2010 vfx consultant – initial script breakdown & budgeting and bidding, Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance, dir Neveldine & Taylor, Hyde Park Entertainment
2010 visual effects supervisor Dylan Dog, dir. Kevin Munroe, OmnilabMedia / Platinum Studios / Hyde Park Entertainment.
2010 produced and directed trailer for Stephen King’s new book Full Dark No Stars
2009 on-set previs, Gulliver’s Travels, dir Rob Letterman
2009 compositor, Harry Potter Experience, Warner Bros
2008 on-set visual effects supervisor, limousine sequence, How to lose Friends and Alienate People, dir Robert Weide
2007 visual effects supervisor, car sequence & plate shoot Miss Pettigrew lives for a Day, dir Bharat Nallouri
2007 visual effects, motorway sequence, Mr Bean’s Holiday, dir. Steve Bendelack
2006 visual effects supervisor, Seamless FX, Black Book, dir. Paul Verhoeven
2006 produced and directed short film Performer. This film was selected for more than 20 festivals and won several prizes.
2006 on-set previs, The Golden Compass, dir Chris Weisz
2005 designed and built innovative on-set previsualtisation system used on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, dir David Yates.
2005 visual effects supervisor – train sequence Derailed dir Mikael Hafstrom, also main title design
2004 cybersex sequence, Closer, dir Mike Nichols
1998-present: founded design and visual effects boutique United Image Systems in London www.unitedimagesystems.com
2002-2004 founding tutor at Escape Studios, London. developed a comprehensive visual effects and design programme
1996 designed and directed ‘Virtual Nighlcub’, one of the first interactive music titles featuring Herbie Hancock, Def Jam Records and others produced by Philips Media
1991-1997 founding partner at Tripmedia Ltd
designed and produced award winning computer game ‘Burn:Cycle’, one of the first ‘interactive movies’ This title won an International EMMA (European Multi-Media Award) entered the UK all-formats game chart at No 1
2013 one of his works was sold at the Forbes Millionaires Club in Warsaw for $11,000 2012 group show, Hellada Art Centre, Long Beach, CA
2012 solo show, Unit24 Gallery, London
awards & nominations
‘Direction’ magazine showcase
International EMMA award for ‘Burn:Cycle’
Electronic Gaming Monthly – Editor’s Choice award for ‘Burn:Cycle’
Short Film ‘Performer’ selected for the British Council Short Film Festival Programme
Australian International Film Festival, 35mm Transfer Award for ‘Performer’, 2006
Sopot Film Institute Award for ‘Performer’ at Sopot Film Fesival, Poland, 2006
Meribel Adfest, Meribel, France – selected for the Young Directors showcase 2006
Nuke, Maya, XSI, Max, FumeFx, Naiad, Motionbuilder, After Effects, Avid, FCP.
fluent scripting and programming experience in C++, Python, Mel.
budgeting / scheduling; 5thkind, shotgun.
BA & MA Maths & Computing, Oriel College, Oxford, UK
German citizen, US Green Card holder.