Ernie Smith is a Digital Effects Artist based in the Tulsa area with over 20 years experience in the industry whose work has been featured in film, television, music videos and national commercials.
He is well versed in the tasks associated with both the compositing and the finishing process, including matte extraction, rotoscoping, color grading, painting, grain management, 2D and 3D tracking, image stabilization, rig removal, beauty work, EDL conform and delivery. He is comfortable working on basic tasks, working on complex composites and working closely with clients in fast-paced, high volume sessions conforming, titling and versioning commercial spots.
While he has focused primarily on visual effects, he has broad experience in many aspects of production and post-production, including creative and technical direction, on-set supervision, editing, motion graphic design and producing.
His career began in 1990 when, after graduating from Oklahoma State University, he moved to Los Angeles where he began working as a production assistant on commercial shoots. He went on to work in a variety positions including stints as post-production supervisor, post-production producer, editor and motion graphics designer before migrating into the world of visual effects in 2000. Since then he has had the good fortune to work with some of the highest regarded talent in the industry honing his own abilities, gaining extensive experience and developing excellent client skills.
Ernie’s credits range from national commercials for clients including Lexus, Toyota, Chevy, Kia, VISA, HP and Samsung, to collaborating with high profile directors such as Michael Bay on feature film work, to music videos, for artist including James Blunt, Muse and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, to episodic television shows including Bones, Up All Night, Parenthood, Nashville, Mob Doctor, Covert Affairs and Underemployed.
Ernie recently relocated from Los Angeles to his home town of Tulsa and is available to bring his experience and expertise to area projects.