Kevin Yuille is a visual effects compositor in Nuke and After Effects with an MFA from the School of Animation and Visual Effects at the Academy of Art University. Maintaining his passion for traditional filmmaking techniques and practical effects, Kevin has not abandoned his filmmaking roots. Rather, he continues to shoot films, learn more about cinematography, and discover ways to manipulate images in camera, as well as in post. Kevin has a bachelor's in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and has 10 years of experience in web development and search engine optimization. He is also a small business owner in the lead-generation web marketing space.

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I was born in San Francisco at Letterman Hospital in the Presidio, which is the current site of Industrial Light and Magic. My mom is Japanese (born in the US) and my dad is white, which makes me 'hapa haole' or 'hapanese' according to Hawaiians. Though I like to say that I was born in San Francisco, my parents moved when I was 2 to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which is my true home and where I grew up. I had a fairly normal upbringing, filled with normal teenage angst and mischief. My parents pulled me out of public school when I was 9, and I attended a private preparatory school from grades 5 through 12. After graduating high school, I attended college at Washington University in St. Louis where I earned a bachelor of architecture degree in 1999. Since then, I worked in the Internet field as a web designer and small business owner. It was time for a change.

I learned at an early age that I liked to create things from my imagination. I was an incessant doodler and would draw on every square inch of available paper. In retrospect, the subject matter of my drawings was quite violent and adult. I loved space battles, tanks and explosions, ninjas, and undead warriors. There seemed nothing wrong with adding a little harmless gore to my artwork by highlighting wounds in red and adding a few body parts and skulls here and there. When I was about 10, my parents bought their first camcorder and I immediately began applying my twisted imagination to moving pictures.

Considering the morbid sense of humor in my early films, it is no surprise that my favorite genres are horror and science fiction. I have always had an interest in films that have a visual aesthetic, dabble in the fantastical, and build worlds from the imagination (such as Blade Runner, Dark City, or Pan's Labyrinth). I also appreciate films that don't take themselves too seriously (especially in horror) and exist for pure entertainment, like the Dawn of the Dead remake, RoboCop, and the underrated Big Trouble in Little China.

As an MFA graduate from the School of Animation and Visual Effects at the Academy of Art University (AAU), I began in the School of Motion Pictures and Television (MPT) with a focus in editing. Though I was happy to be making movies again, I soon realized that I wasn't learning enough about the technical aspect of filmmaking. I wanted to know more than cutting one scene into another. I wanted to cut the scene itself apart and layer different elements inside. Which is why after a year in MPT, I made the wise decision to switch into visual effects. As a VFX grad, I focused on compositing in Nuke and After Effects. Additionally, I maintained my connection to filmmaking by taking cinematography courses in 16mm and 35mm film, and reinforced my design skills by taking motion graphics courses using Cinema 4D.

My experience working with both 16mm and 35mm has enabled me to be a better digital artist, with attention to composition and lighting. Having worked on many student film productions (including my own), I have developed the skill as an onset VFX supervisor. I enjoy following a film through all phases of production and I appreciate the higher-level responsibilities of managing a film and guiding the creative process.

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