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John Lafauce Jr
John Lafauce Jr
Boris FX
Hudson, Massachusetts USA
Hudson, Massachusetts USA

An experienced lead compositor, John has been a "go-to" guy for tackling difficult effects shots and producing seamless, quality results for many years. His first exposure to compositing was while he was earning his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art, where he also took a class in optical printing. He reflects, "I guess I was compositing before I knew what compositing even was." Since then, non-linear computer technology has developed greatly and so has John's experience, skills and credits.

He began his professional career in Los Angeles in 1991 moonlighting as a page and answering phones for the Video Design Group at ABC Television by day, and digitally colorizing cartoon shows like "Ren & Stimpy" at a digital ink/paint company at night. His first break on a feature film came in 1994 when Dreamquest Images hired him to rotoscope nature effects for "The Mask".

Shortly after that initiation, he moved up the vfx ranks to compositing where he has worked at such respected companies as Sony Pictures Imageworks, Rhythm and Hues, Pacific Title Digital and Cinesite. His projects include work on over thirty feature films, including: "Stuart Little 2", "Godzilla", "Dr. Dolittle", "Executive Decision", "Turbulence", "Heat" and "Titanic". Mentions of his work have appeared in Cinefex, American Cinematographer, Post and Highend magazines.

Aside from working the production grind, John has been active in other vfx capacities as well. He is a contributing writer for Highend magazine, where he has written extensively on digital effects techniques. As an active member of the Visual Effects Society, he has been selected to serve as a judge on the "Best Compositing" nomination panels for the Visual Effects Society Awards. Also, teaching “The Art of Compositing with Shake" at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects proved very rewarding as John was able to share his techniques and experiences with students.

Presently, he is working as a freelance compositor and visual effects supervisor in Massachusetts.

For fun, John enjoys spending time with his wife and parrot, and listening to classic rock and blues music.

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Articles by John Lafauce Jr

Boris FX
Using Boris Red 4 Library Browser Effect to Create Broadcast-Worthy News Stories

Using Boris Red 4 Library Browser Effect to Create Broadcast-Worthy News Stories

This tutorial by John Lafauce demonstrates how to apply and customize a new, pre-made lower third graphic from Boris extensive selection of Keyframe Library Effects.

Tutorial
John Lafauce Jr.
Boris FX
Exploring Boris Reds new Motion Path filter

Exploring Boris Reds new Motion Path filter

This tutorial by John Lafauce demonstrates how to easily animate and fly a computer generated navy jet using the Boris Red 4.0 Motion Path filter.

Tutorial
John Lafauce Jr.
AVID
Keeping Corner Pin Compositing inside Avid with the help of Boris Continuum Complete AVX 4

Keeping Corner Pin Compositing inside Avid with the help of Boris Continuum Complete AVX 4

This all-encompassing tutorial from CreativeCOW contributing editor, John Lafauce introduces you to the new Corner Pin filter in version 4.0 of Boris Continuum Complete AVX (BCC AVX4). Several of Corner Pin's powerful features will be demonstrated, and other BCC AVX filters will be used to help create an integrated, realistic composite. This compositing primer will place emphasis on workflow and techniques.

Tutorial
John Lafauce Jr.
Apple Shake
How to become a Feature Film Compositor by John Lafauce Jr.

How to become a Feature Film Compositor by John Lafauce Jr.

Have you ever wanted to contribute to building a twenty thousand man army in "Troy", make a mouse fly a plane in "Stuart Little 2", or launch a doomed luxury liner in "Titanic?" You can achieve visual feats you never dreamed possible and accomplish them all through the magic of compositing. Read this article written by John Lafauce Jr., and see... How to become a feature film compositor. A note just to clarify: this article is about high-end 2d/3d compositing for long form media such as films, where the goal is to make the work seamless, integrated and "invisible". Not to be confused with compositing for motion graphics, where the objective is to make the object or design stand out and be "visible" to the viewer.

Tutorial, Feature
John Lafauce Jr.
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