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Welcome

Welcome to the official website of digital artist Dark Hoffman. Matte Painter, Production and Concept artist. For over 10 years I have created 2D and 3D environmental digital paintings, set extensions, projections and production art for live action films, animated features, television, games and commercials.

I have also been in the VFX industry for over 20 years creating miniatures and props before the digital age. My tools of the trade are Photoshop, Vue, C4D, Nuke and my own camera, in which I can provide my own plates and elements if needed.

Please contact me for my availability or check my Linked In page for updates. Enjoy!
323-632-2567 darkhoffman@aol.com

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film

television

Video Games

commercials

Concept Art

Digital Art

about

Given my start in the film industry at the age of 17 after film school, I started working on films like "Dreamscape" and "Splash" and was doing special effects like wind, rain, snow, and pyrotechnics. After 5 years of floor effects, I moved on to props and miniatures, working in such industry houses as Wonderworks, Neotech, The Hand Prop Room, New Deal Studios and Landmark Entertainment as builder and designer for film and television.

I then moved onto the hit cult TV show "Babylon 5" as prop builder, designer and Propmaster for 5 years. From there I designed all the props on the computer using Photoshop, Painter and Lightwave.

Designing and creating my own art on the computer, I ventured into digital matte painting and concept art. Starting at Digital Domain and working for many other visual effects companies, I was building up my portfolio to continue working in film, television and commercials up to this day.

My passion in film production and visual effects have sent me to places such as Japan, London and Australia and I look forward to traveling to other countries and learning more of the tricks of the digital trade to this day but keeping my old school history in my curriculum.

Freelance information

I am available for freelance related work as a Concept Artist and Matte Painter. Feel free to contact me here

software

Photoshop, Vue, Cinema 4D, Z brush, Poser, Painter

resume


Click to download the resume.

features

2015

  • "Furious 7"
    Senior matte painter
    Dir: David Ayer Prod: Grisbi
    VFX Co: Digital Domain

2014

  • "Fury"
    Senior/Lead matte painter
    Dir: David Ayer Prod: Grisbi
    VFX Co: Hammerhead Prod.
  • "As Above So Below"
    Senior/Lead matte painter
    Dir: John Erick Dowdle Prod: Legendary
    VFX Co: Hammerhead Prod.
  • "Untitled Cameron Crowe Project"
    Senior/Lead matte painter
    Dir: Cameron Crowe Prod: Columbia
    VFX Co: Hammerhead Prod.

2013

  • "Noah"
    Environmental Concept Artist
    Dir: Darren Aronofsky Prod: Paramount
    VFX Co: Look FX
  • "Riddick"
    Senior matte painter
    Dir: David Twohy Prod: One Race Prod
    VFX Co: Entity FX
  • "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2"
    Senior matte painter
    Dir: Genndy Tartakovsky Prod: Sony Pictures
    VFX Co: Sony Imageworks

2012

  • "Hotel Transylvania"
    Senior matte painter
    Dir: Genndy Tartakovsky Prod: Sony Pictures
    VFX Co: Sony Imageworks

2011

  • "Arthur Christmas"
    Senior matte painter
    Dir: Sarah Smith Prod: Aardman
    VFX Co: Sony Imageworks
  • "Thor"
    2D concept artist/senior matte painter
    Dir: Kenneth Braunagh Prod: Marvel
    VFX Co: Digital Domain

2010

  • "The Wolf Man"
    2D concept artist/senior matte painter
    Dir: Joe Johnston Prod: Universal
    VFX Co: MPC, London
  • "Prince Of Persia"
    2D/3D senior matte painter
    Dir: Mike Newell Prod: Bruckheimer Films
    VFX Co: MPC, London
  • "Robin Hood"
    2D/3D senior matte painter
    Dir: Ridley Scott Prod: Imagine Ent.
    VFX Co: MPC, London

2009

  • "2012"
    2D/3D digital concept/senior matte painter
    Dir: Roland Emmerich Prod: Sony/Columbia
    VFX Co: Uncharted Territory

2008

  • "Australia"
    2D/3D senior matte painter
    Dir: Baz Lurhmann Prod: 20th Cent. Fox
    VFX Co: Animal Logic, AU
  • "The Mummy:
    Tomb of the Dragon Emperor"

    2D/3D digital matte painter/concept artist
    Dir: Rob Cohen Prod: Alphaville Films
    VFX Co: Rhythm & Hues
  • "Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
    2D/3D digital matte painter/concept artist
    Dir: David Fincher Prod: Kennedy/Marshall
    VFX Co: The Asylum VFX

2007

  • "The Golden Compass"
    2D/3D digital matte painter
    Dir: Chris Weitz Prod: New Line
    VFX Co: Framestore UK
  • "Dark is Rising"
    2D/3D Production Artist
    Dir: David L. Cunningham
    Prod: 20th Cent. Fox VFX Co: Hydraulx VFX
  • "Shooter"
    2D/3D Lead digital matte painter/
    concept artist

    Dir: Antoine Fuqua Prod: Paramount Pict.
    VFX Co: Hydraulx VFX
  • "Alien vs Predator: Requiem"
    2D/3D digital matte painter/concept artist
    Dir: Strauss Bros. Prod: 20th Cent. Fox
    VFX Co: Hydraulx VFX
  • "300"
    2D/3D digital matte painter/concept artist
    Dir: Zack Snyder Prod: Warner Bros.
    VFX Co: Hydraulx VFX
  • "Fantastic Four 2"
    2D/3D digital matte painter/concept artist
    Dir: Tim Story Prod: 20th Cent. Fox
    VFX Co: Hydraulx VFX
  • "The Invasion"
    2D/3D digital matte painter/concept artist
    Dir: Oliver Hirschbiegel Prod: Warner Bros.
    VFX Co: Hydraulx VFX

2005

  • "X Men 3"
    2D/3D digital matte painter
    Dir: Brett Ratner Prod: 20th Cent. Fox
    VFX Co: New Deal Studios
  • "Chronicles of Narnia"
    2D/3D Lead digital matte painter
    Dir: Andrew Adamson Prod: Disney Films
    VFX Co: Studio C VFX
  • "Minotaur"
    2D/3D Lead digital matte painter
    Dir: Jonathan English Prod: Lions Gate
    VFX Co: E=MC2 VFX
  • "Ask the Dust"
    2D/3D Lead digital matte painter
    Dir: Robert Towne Prod: 20th Century Fox
    VFX Co: E=MC2 VFX

2004

  • "Idiocracy"
    2D/3D digital matte painter/concept artist
    Dir: Mike Judge Prod: 20th Century Fox
    VFX Co: Stargate Digital
  • "The Chronicles of Riddick"
    2D/3D digital matte painter/concept artist
    Dir: David Twohy Prod: Universal
    VFX Co: Hammerhead Prod.
  • "Spiderman 2"
    2D/3D digital matte painter
    Dir: Sam Raimi Prod:Marvel Ent.,
    Sony Pictures Ent.
    VFX Co: Ring of Fire

2003

  • "Looney Tunes: Back In Action"
    2D/3D digital matte painter & concept artist
    Dir: Joe Dante Prod: Warner Bros.
    VFX Co: Digital Domain

Commercials

2016

  • Lexus-Performance
    Lead Concept Environment Artist
    Senior Lead Matte Painter
    VFX Co: a52
  • Playstation-VUE
    Lead Concept Environment Artist
    Senior Lead Matte Painter
    VFX Co: a52

2015

  • Xifaxan SuperBowl spot
    Senior Matte Painter
    VFX Co: The Mill New York
  • Cineplex
    Senior Matte Painter
    VFX Co: Hornet VFX New York
  • Liberty Mutual
    Senior Matte Painter
    VFX Co: The Mill New York
  • Dragonvale
    Senior Matte Painter
    VFX Co: The Mill New York
  • Playstation-Star Wars Battlefront
    Senior Matte Painter
    VFX Co: The Mill New York
  • Northrop-Print ad
    Senior Matte Painter
    VFX Co: The Mill New York

2014

  • Playstation-Greatness
    Lead Concept Environment Artist
    VFX Co: The Mill New York
  • Fiat-P Diddy
    Lead Matte Painter
    VFX Co: The Mill

2013

  • Call of Duty-Ghosts
    VFX Co: The Mill
    Lead Digital Environment Concept Artist
  • Treachery-Game Cinematic
    VFX Co: Prologue VFX
    Lead Digital Environment Matte Painter
  • Strife-Game Cinematic
    VFX Co: Imaginary Forces
    Lead Digital Environment Matte Painter

2012

  • Nike "Hyper"
    VFX Co: Digital Domain
    Lead Digital Matte Painter
  • Linkin Park "Castle of Glass"
    VFX Co: Digital Domain
    Lead Digital Matte Painter
  • Infinity "Winter 2"
    VFX Co: Digital Domain
    Lead Digital Matte Painter
  • Disney Cruise Lines
    VFX Co: Public FX Lead
    Digital Matte Painter

2011

  • Honda "Spaces"
    VFX Co: Public FX
    Lead Digital Matte Painter
  • "Resistance 3"
    Video game trailer VFX Co: Prologue FX
    Lead Digital Matte Painter

2010

  • Allstate-360
    VFX Co: Psyop
    Lead Concept Environment Artist
  • Corona
    VFX Co: The Mill
    Lead Digital Matte Painter
  • "Green Lantern"
    Comic-con trailer VFX Co: Method Studios
    Lead Digital Matte Painter
  • ESPN "2010 Brazil"
    VFX Co: Prologue FX
    Lead Digital Matte Painter

2009

  • Burger King "Transformers"
    VFX Co: Digital Domain
    Digital Matte Painter

2008

  • Snapple "Bubble Wrap"
    VFX Co: Asylum VFX
    Digital Matte Painter

2007

  • The Limited Too "Girls World"
    VFX Co: Ring of Fire
    Lead Digital Matte Painter
  • Acura "Dance"
    VFX Co: Digital Domain
    Digital Matte Painter
  • Bayer Crop Science "Giant Returns"
    VFX Co: Klasky/Csupo
    Digital Matte Painter
  • Blue Collar Comedy Tour
    VFX Co: E=MC2 VFX
    Digital Matte Painter
  • SBC "Eclipse"
    VFX Co: Digital Domain
    Digital Matte Painter
  • Nike "Book of Dimes"
    VFX Co: Ring of Fire
    Digital Matte Painter
  • NFL Superbowl "Tomorrow"
    VFX Co: Ring of Fire
    Digital Matte Painter
  • Coke "World of Warcraft"
    VFX Co: Hydraulx
    Digital Matte Painter
  • Coke "Ronaldo Scores"
    VFX Co: Hydraulx
    Digital Matte Painter

Episodic

2003-2013

  • "Vampire Diaries"
    VFX Co: Entity FX
    Lead Digital Matte Painter
  • "Smallville"
    VFX Co: Entity FX
    Lead Digital Matte Painter
  • "Burn Notice"
    VFX Co: Entity FX
    Lead Digital Matte Painter
  • 2005-03
  • "Dr. Vegas"
    VFX Co: Stargate Digital
    Digital Matte Painter
  • "Crossing Jordan"
    VFX Co: Stargate Digital
    Digital Matte Painter
  • "The Posiedon Adventure"
    VFX Co: Reality Check 2D/3D
    Digital Matte Painter
  • Discovery Channel "Waterloo"
    VFX Co: E=MC2 VFX
    Digital Matte Painter
  • Discovery Channel "Gettysburg"
    VFX Co: Look FX
    Digital Matte Painter
  • History Channel "Life Without People"
    VFX Co: Look FX
    Digital Matte Painter

Professional Teaching

2008

  • Gnomon School
    Matte Painting Instructor
    2 semesters Spring and Summer classes

Professional Publication

  • 3D Artist Magazine #63
    Matte Painting with e-on software Vue
  • e-on Software interview using Vue and
    matte painting for film and commercial

contact

Please feel free to get in touch with me to find out more about my rates and availability.
Phone: 323-632-2567 Email: darkhoffman@aol.com