Rob Garfinkel

Rob Garfinkel

United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Visual Effects Artist, Compositor, Camera Operator, Photographer (Still), Videographer, Boom Operator, Graphic Designer, Teleprompter, Model Maker and Animator

Martinsburg, West Virginia

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About Rob

Originally from Loveland, Ohio, I attended and graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, where I majored in Radio and Television, specifically video production. I received a minor in Information Technology, with a specification in web site design and maintenance. My credits from my college experience include being an on screen actor in an episode of alt.news 26:46; videographer, editor and sports commentator on SPC-TV's Saluki Sports Show; the production crew for InFocus, Scholastic Hi-Q, basketball remote productions, and River Region Evening Edition, all for WSIU/WUSI-TV. After graduating, I was an Audiovisual Technician, Operations Technician, and an Audiovisual Manager; while performing these roles, I aided in providing audiovisual services to clients within several hotel and conference center locations. I was also a production crew volunteer for WKRP-TV in Cincinnati on Friday Night Fu, Lincoln Ware Live, and SciZone.

Aside from Southern Illinois University, ​I returned to school in June 2012 at The Digital Animation and Visual Effects School—known better as The DAVE School—in Orlando, Florida, where I studied and applied the skills and techniques I learned over the course of the year to begin a new career. The project we worked on and submitted for graduation was Code Red: Intergalactic Trauma Unit, on which I primarily composited and camera tracked most of the bridge scenes, as well as creating some pre-visualizations of the space scenes. Following graduation, I assisted in making this project better for a few months until I got my first professional start in visual effects through The DAVE School on the movie, Frank vs. God. The second movie I worked on was The Legend of Hercules, by Millenium Studios/Worldwide FX, and returned there to work on The Expendables 3. Afterward, I returned to Orlando, where I worked on King's Gambit and Sharknado 3. Afterward, I became a teachers assistant at The DAVE School, assisting visual effects and gaming students between June 2014 and June 2015 on a total of 8 student produced projects, including 4 short films, 4 video games, one of each was a collaboration between the short film and video game courses.

As of December 2015, I work for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service as an Audio/Visual Systems Customer Service Representative, Photo/Graphics Specialist, and IT Support.

Unique traits: After Effects, Avid, Blender, Deko 500, Dreamweaver, DVD Studio Pro, Encore, Final Cut Pro, Fireworks, Flash, Fusion, Illustrator, Inscriber Studio, Lightwave, Mari, Maya, Mocha Pro, MODO, MotionBuilder, Natron, NUKE, PFTrack, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Presentation Prompter, RealFlow, Shotgun Studio, Thinkbox Deadline, ZBrush

Videos

Credits

  • King's Gambit

    King's Gambit (2016)
    Film (Action, Adventure, Drama and Fantasy) Visual effects Bryce Wheeler, a newfound "Herald", whose job in life is to control the balance of the world by manipulating events using a mystic journal. Bryce inherited the journal from his recently deceased father and comes to find that the power he has been trained for his whole life is harder to control than expected. Written by Joseph Sayer

  • Inhumanwich!

    Inhumanwich! (2016)
    Film (Sci-Fi) Visual effects Following a radioactive accident in outer space, an astronaut is transformed into a sentient blob of meat who devours everything and everyone in its path.

  • Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!

    Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015)
    TV Movie (Horror and Sci-Fi) Art department When Fin and April go to Florida for the summer vacation, strong winds and lots of rain comes to Florida and a Sharknado comes and destroyes Florida. The Sharknado goes to Washington D.C. and sharks falling from the sky. It's up to Fin and April to stop the Sharknado the third time.

  • The Legend of Hercules

    The Legend of Hercules (2014)
    Film (Action, Adventure and Fantasy) Visual effects In Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king and restore peace to a land in hardship. But this prince, Hercules, knows nothing of his real identity or his destiny. He desires only one thing: the love of Hebe, Princess of Crete, who has been promised to his own brother. When Hercules learns of his greater purpose, he must choose: to flee with his true love or to fulfill his destiny and become the true hero of his time. The story behind one of the greatest myths is revealed in this action-packed epic - a tale of love, sacrifice and the strength of the human spirit. Written by Millennium Entertainment

  • The Expendables 3

    The Expendables 3 (2014)
    Film (Action, Adventure and Thriller) Visual effects Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill... or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables -- but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables' most personal battle yet. Written by Liongates

  • Frank vs. God

    Frank vs. God (2014)
    Film (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Visual effects When we meet David Frank he is a mess. His spirit shattered by the death of his wife, this formerly successful corporate attorney spends days in his bathrobe with his only real companion, his beloved bulldog, Brutus. While David's away a tornado hits and despite his heroic efforts, he watches helplessly as the dark funnel of destruction sucks up the house, and Brutus, like some Wizard of Oz nightmare - the punishing finger of God. Then, adding insult to injury, the Insurance Company tells him they won't pay because the damage falls under the 'Act of God' clause in his policy. David is livid. But then he gets the bright idea to sue God and His representatives as co-defendants. After a farcical yet poignant series of depositions, the trial commences. Fueled by a megalomaniac and opportunistic judge, a beautiful but damaged defense attorney, and David Frank's own sharply-honed legal gymnastics, the "God Trial" stirs up a frenzy of passions. What starts as a crazy, radical stunt ... Written by Anonymous

  • 40 Days and Nights

    40 Days and Nights (2012)
    Film (Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Visual effects When a colossal tectonic shift causes the sea level to start rising, a microbiologist gathers the DNA of as many species as she can, while the military creates an "ark" in a desperate attempt to preserve life on Earth.

Education

  • The Digital Animation and Visual Effects School
    (2012-2013)

  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale (Carbondale, IL)
    (2002-2006)

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