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Allan McKay is an award winning Visual Effects Supervisor and Director, originating from the Gold Coast of Australia, now living and working in California in the United States.

Allan has worked for many Hollywood studios including Warner Bro’s, Prime Focus Company – Frantic Films, Emmy award winning Digital Dimension and Oscar nominated Blur Studio, as well as George Lucas’s Emmy award winning company Industrial Light + Magic, amongst dozens of others all around the world.

Allan is one of the busiest people in the industry, speaking all over the world at Events, Universities and Conference Master Classes. He is a regular writer on industry topics and also writes for various popular lifestyle web sites and magazines.

Allan is also the owner of visual effects studio, Catastrophic FX. While also expanding his ultra-successful product line on Hollywood film training, primarily aimed at advanced audiences and senior studio staff to grasp many of the latest methods and techniques, utilized throughout dozens of studios including Blizzard Cinematics, Ubisoft, Blur Studio and Nintendo..

In more recent years he has directed several large profile game cinematics, commercials and music videos in New York and Sydney.

Allan has personally been awarded and recognized as an Autodesk Master, receiving his Autodesk Masters award at SIGGRAPH conference in San Diego 2007. He has also worked on major film projects including Superman Returns, Day Breakers, Warhammer: Dawn of War, Super bowl XXXIX and hundreds of others, many of which have been nominated or won various awards including Oscar and Emmy awards.

Some of Allan McKay's credentials include:

  • SIGGRAPH Master class speaker six years in a row at all events in Los Angeles, San Diego and other locations and panelist for audiences up to 3,000 people alongside other speakers from ILM, Pixar, Sony Imageworks, Blur and Digital Domain

  • Guest speaker at more than 50 events world wide as one of the leaders in his field of Hollywood visual effects

  • Key instructor for CG Society’s CG online workshop on multiple subjects, with nearly every class of 35 selling out instantly

  • Autodesk Max Master, as well as receiving or working on projects nominated for various Academy Awards, Promax and Emmy awards

  • Privately held workshops for many industry leading companies world wide on advanced visual effects topics for games and film, designed for their senior teams for studios including Ubisoft and Frantic Films

  • Established business and career motivational speaker

  • Established Director, Script Writer and Producer for several TV Commercials, Music Videos and Game Cinematics

  • A key contributor to the Bachelor of interactive entertainment’s curriculum for Queensland College of Art

  • Long time contribute to popular mechanics and 3d world magazine, recognized as a leader in his industry

"As a sign of true leadership, Allan has given me the opportunity to learn how to focus myself further in spite of external pressure and inspire others in their time of need. Not to mention the vast technical expertise he possesses…" Dennis Mejillones, Tronic Studio

"Allan was such an inspiration to work for. He was one of the most professional company directors, and that is in addition to his immense knowledge and crazy talent. He solves major problems and handles crazy schedules all without breaking stride...." DJ Nicke, Animation Salvation

"Allan is one of the best visual effects TD/artist in the industry” ..”he always delivered jaw dropping work, at lightning fast speed..." Carlos Anguiano, Industrial Light and Magic

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