Meet John Lafauce Jr.
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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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