Justin Israel

Justin Israel

Developer, Programmer, Visual Effects

Wellington & Wairarapa, New Zealand

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Justin Israel's Overview

  • Digital Artist at Stan Winston Digital

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Justin Israel's Summary

Developing software/services/tools for Visual Effects pipelines.
Feature Film Compositing, Visual FX, FX Supervision, Computer hardware.
Feature films: Apes 2, The Hobbit 2, Spiderman 3, I Am Legend, The Watchmen, Tropic Thunder, Fantastic Four, Eight Below...
Television: SouthPark

Justin Israel's Experience

Production Engineer

Weta Digital

Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Motion Pictures and Film industry

January 2013Present (1 year 9 months) Wellington, New Zealand

Redesigning Asset Management Pipeline
Rendering Pipeline

Sr. Pipeline Developer

SouthPark Studios

November 2008January 2013 (4 years 3 months)

Direct development and support for artist pipeline
Maya python/mel scripting and development
Nuke/Shake development
Qube! Render Queue development
Python/PyQt applications for production and general pipeline


Custom Film Effects

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Motion Pictures and Film industry

April 2008November 2008 (8 months)

Compositing, rotoscope, paint
Films: Swing Vote, Tropic Thunder, Mamma Mia, Bride Wars

Sr. Production Service Technician

Sony Pictures Imageworks

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; SNE; Motion Pictures and Film industry

January 2006April 2008 (2 years 4 months)

Feature Film: The Watchmen; I Am Legend; Spider-man 3
Disk Mgmt, Production Support, Image Processing, Vendor I/O, Render cue mgmt
Python scripting, Pipeline support / development
1. Proprietary lighting and compositing packages
2. Flame/Inferno
3. Houdini (Intro/Intermediate/FX), Maya (Intro/Paint/Animation)
4. Massive

Digital Artist

Stan Winston Digital

January 2005July 2005 (7 months) Van Nuys, California

Feature Films: Eight Below, Fantastic Four
Digital Paint, Rotoscoping, and Compositing
Matte preparation, grain removal, wire removal, dust / scratch repair / plate prep

Justin Israel's Courses

  • BA: Film and Electronic Arts, Film and Video Production

    California State University-Long Beach

    • Cinematography
    • Editing
    • Graphics and Animation
    • Film Theory
    • Film Production

Justin Israel's Publications


    • Texas A&M University
    • August 2012
    Authors: Justin Israel, Timothy Clayton Withers

    [Committe Member: Justin Israel]
    Master of Science - Visualization Thesis - Timothy Clayton Withers
    "(Developing) an e efficient and user-friendly node-based interface to be used
    in the creation of a particle system in Autodesk Maya."

Justin Israel's Projects

  • PyQt4 UI Development for Maya

    • September 2012 to October 2012
    Team Members: Justin Israel, Chris Maynard

    Learn how to wrap your custom python tools inside of a graphical user interface with PyQT4.

  • Python Introduction Vol 01 - Maya

    • September 2011 to October 2011
    Team Members: Justin Israel, Chris Maynard

    Amazing at Animation? Master of Modeling? Conquistador of Character Rigging?

    But how is your Python?

    This course brings the talented artist into the fold of the technical-side of Maya. Learn the basics of Python, and its place in your 3D workflow, with visual examples and real world problems. Get a kick-start on adding some automation into your life, and solving common problems in a fraction of the time. By the end of this video, you should have a deeper understanding of one of the languages Maya speaks under the hood, and how to start viewing your scenes in terms of glorious Python code!

  • Python For Maya Vol 02

    • October 2011 to November 2011
    Team Members: Justin Israel, Chris Maynard

    If you watched the first video, you now have a good grasp on Python. Sweet. Let's plow through some more involved concepts like python juggernauts!

    With a working knowledge of the python scripting language, and the Maya Python commands API, we can continue to learn new ways to solve more challenging problems, create complete scripts, and build user interfaces around our tools. We also introduce the Maya Python API; a lower-level interface into Maya.

    This video focuses more on breaking down full scripts, as opposed to typing out syntax. Its jam packaged with information and moves fast to deliver you as much brain food as possible. The first segment of the video transitions from beginning to intermediate level, with the majority of the video being intermediate, and finishing out by touching on advanced concepts. The included project files are abundant, complete, and full of helpful documentation so that you can take your time and learn about each piece of the tools.

  • Short Film: Lucid

    • 2004 to 2004

    A young man travels through various planes of his own mind. A dark figure tortures him at every turn. What is real and what is a dream?

Justin Israel's Skills & Expertise

  1. Pipeline Development
  2. Resource Management
  3. Compositing
  4. Scripting
  5. Maya
  6. Visual Effects
  7. Rotoscoping
  8. Python
  9. Nuke
  10. MEL
  11. Shake
  12. Django
  13. Linux
  14. MySQL
  15. JavaScript
  16. Digital Compositing
  17. Roto
  18. PyQt
  19. 3D
  20. Computer Graphics
  21. Animation
  22. Special Effects
  23. Lighting
  24. Look Development
  25. Rigging
  26. Computer Animation
  27. Feature Films
  28. Houdini
  29. Post Production
  30. Film Production
  31. Film
  32. Qt
  33. ElasticSearch
  34. Digital Asset Management
  35. Digital Fusion
  36. Abstraction
  37. User Interface Programming

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Justin Israel's Education

California State University-Long Beach

BA: Film and Electronic Arts, Film and Video Production


Studied Film Production and Theory

Activities and Societies: Bachelor of Arts Film and Electronic Arts; Film and Video Production Film / Video related production track; Visual FX Courses Directed four films; Visual FX Supervisor; Editor: 2x; Director of Photography: 2x

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