In a career spanning 17 years, James Atkinson has created visual effects for over 30 feature films, including The Sum of All Fears, Superman Returns, The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons, Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, and Black Sky.James joined Digital Domain as a digital artist in 2008, where his first commercial with VFX Supervisor Jay Barton, Bacardi “Sundance”, won the V.E.S. Award for ‘Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial’.
Since then, he’s served as Visual Effects Supervisor on 22 commercials including United Airlines “Departures” and “Network” with director Carl Rinsch, Infiniti “Winter”, “Competitive”, and “Snowball”, UFC “Evolution”, Pam “Haunted”, NBA2K13 “Enter the New Dynasty”, and Omega “Planet Ocean”. James has also created unique and innovative imagery as a digital artist and CG Supervisor for commercials such as Halo 4 “Neuron”, Lincoln MKS “Cleaner, Faster, Smarter”, and Mazda 3 “Red & White”. His recent commercial, Liberty “Answer”, is nominated for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial and Outstanding Created Environment in a commercial for the 2013 Visual Effects Society Awards.
James graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Computer Science before earning his M.F.A. in Cinema-Television at USC, where he received the Edward Small Memorial Award for Excellence in Directing.
His first industry job was an internship at Rhythm & Hues Studios, which led to a 10-year position including FX, lighting, and sequence supervisory roles. Before joining Digital Domain, he also served as an FX supervisor and digital artist at Framestore CFC London.
James is currently a member of the Visual Effects Society.