George Murphy is an American photographer and visual effects supervisor currently working in London. He brings to the visual arts community over three decades of both traditional and digital creative experience in still and motion imagery. It is a passion that has carried him up icy mountains, out to the launch pads of NASA's Kennedy Space Center and onto the studio sets of many Hollywood motion pictures. His work behind a camera has been the creative foundation in a career that has crossed the bounds between still photography and motion pictures, journalistic reality and digital fantasy. For Murphy, ultimately it is all about respecting context and creating imagery that is true to the integrity of the intended media.
Murphy's work in motion-picture and commercial effects has earned him an Oscar, an Emmy, multiple Clios and recognition as one of the leading digital effects artists in the industry. It is a role that has relied heavily on his photographic roots, creating opportunities to collaborate with and learn from some of the world's best image makers, lighters, artists and storytellers. By its nature, it has kept him behind a camera at every turn, whether shooting stills or motion footage, often guiding crews and talent through complex studio and location shoots around the world.
In the digital realm, Murphy cut his teeth on the bleeding edge of computer graphics and digital effects at studios like George Lucas' world renowned- Industrial Light & Magic, Warner Bros'ESC Entertainment and Peter Jackson's Weta Digital; working on some of the most challenging and notable films of our time. Murphy's work as the Sr. Visual Effects Supervisor for director Robert Zemeckis' and The Walt Disney Co.'s Northern California feature film studio, ImageMovers Digital, focused on helping to pioneer new approaches to performance capture filmmaking and 3-D digital feature production.
More recently Murphy's work in visual effects has brought him to London, where he has collaborated as the 'client-side VFX Supervisor' with some of London's powerhouse studios: including Framestore, MPC and now Double Negative. Most recently, he completed work as the Fox VFX Supervsior for Kenneth Branagh's Murder on the Orient Express - a film that deceptively hides its complex vfx challenges.
In parallel with his work in film, Murphy continues to focus on the pursuit of photographically rich multimedia projects under the FirstHand Pictures banner. FirstHand Pictures is a cross-media company whose goal is to leverage emerging technologies to create more visceral storytelling experiences. In addition, Murphy continues his ongoing personal work on several editorial, documentary and photo-centric fine art media projects.