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CGI Fridays

Industrial Light and Magic Alum Ed Kramer (Star Wars, Stargate, The Mummy) catches up with pioneers and innovators to learn about the coolest VFX in our favorite films and shows. A must-listen for any ‘Making of’ fan. 


From Pepsiman to Iron Man, Will Anielewicz Made Superheroes Shine

Episode 08 | September 16, 2022 | 53 Minutes

Will Anielewicz is an artist. Others have at various times used engineer or developer or sequence supervisor to describe what he does, but the Polish-born Canadian is motivated by a purer force. For all the credits on his IMDb, his proudest achievement is undeniably having his work exhibited in SIGGRAPH’s first-ever exhibition of computer art back in 1981. 

Adam Howard on Playing Palpatine and the Secret CG of Birdman

Episode 07 | September 02, 2022 | 38 Minutes

In part two of his interview, digital painter and animator Adam Howard tells Ed Kramer about Star Wars and Birdman in CGI Fridays Episode 7.

Adam Howard Made Phasers Pop on Star Trek: The Next Generation

Episode 06 | August 19, 2022 | 49 Minutes

From a firefighter’s mosaic to phasers and photon torpedoes, digital painter and animator Adam Howard reveals a passion for pyro in CGI Fridays Episode 6

Matchmove Master Alia Agha Touched The Abyss

Episode 05 | August 05, 2022 | 57 Minutes

From answering the phones at ILM to pre vis on The Phantom Menace, Alia Agha tells Ed Kramer how she became a “matchmove master”.

Henry LaBounta Turned Down Star Wars for Steven Spielberg

Episode 04 | July 22, 2022 | 58 Minutes

Probably the only person at ILM to prefer Star Trek over Star Wars, Henry LaBounta shares his incredible career from Nexus ribbons to

Frank Vitz Wanted the Stargate CGI to Melt Your Mind

Episode 03 | July 01, 2022 | 99 Minutes

From pitching Tron to opening the Stargate, Frank Vitz discusses his career in visual effects in the new episode of Ed Kramer’s CGI Fridays.

Jeff Kleiser’s Strange Journey from Super-8 to Stargate

Episode 02 | June 17, 2022 | 53 Minutes

From Tron and Tide to Stragate’s breathtaking transformations, Jeff Kleiser shares his story with Ed Kramer in the second episode of CGI Fridays.

How ‘Monster Kid’ Mark Siegel Made it at ILM

Episode 01 | June 03, 2022 | 69 Minutes

From clown college to CGI, Mark Siegel talks GhostbustersStar WarsET, and getting into the industry in the first episode of Ed Kramer’s CGI Fridays podcast

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