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S1 E10: Will Foulser – CG Environment Supervisor

Will Foulser - CG Environment Supervisor

Will Foulser is a CG Environment Generalist Supervisor.

This may seem like a bit of a mouthful to those outside the visual effects industry, but fundamentally Will’s work involves creating beautiful and believable environments for feature film and television at DNEG, one of the world’s leading VFX and animation studios.

Growing up in South London, Will drew inspiration from a wide range of TV and film, and particularly from his mother’s talents as an accomplished artist. Never settling on one format, he spent his youth experimenting with model-making, photography, film and sketching, enjoying a wide range of ways to express his creativity instincts.

After studying Computer Animation at Bournemouth University Will established his career at DNEG working on night shoots to capturing camera data for Joe Cornish’s 2011 hit, ‘Attack the Block’. Since then, he has worked on a wide range of Hollywood blockbusters including ‘Interstellar’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘Les Misérables’.

Most recently, he has been involved in Christopher Nolan’s 2020 espionage thriller ‘Tenet’. The film, starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, follows an unnamed CIA agent as he embarks on a dangerous time-bending mission to prevent the start of World War III.

Chernobyl
‘Chernobyl’ (HBO/Sky)

Beyond the world of film, Will was Environment Supervisor for ‘Chernobyl’, the five-part miniseries co-production from HBO and Sky that dramatises the events of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, vividly retelling the story of the sacrifices made to save Europe and its people from unimaginable disaster.

The efforts by Will and the DNEG team were recognised at the 71st Creative Arts Emmy Awards with the award for ‘Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role’ for their work on the critically acclaimed series.

DNEG’s TV VFX team delivered around 550 visual effects shots for the series that included creating the RBMK-type nuclear reactor building inside and out, developing complex destruction and smoke simulations, and researching and designing never-before-seen shots, including peering into the burning reactor core.

Our conversation covers his formative years growing up in Dulwich, the often complicated relationship between Hollywood and the VFX industry, and resisting the temptation to express love to inspirational film makers.

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S1 E9: Lauren McCormack – Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist

Lauren McCormack is a makeup artist and hair stylist living in London.

After a career in TV production, Lauren made the executive decision to retrain in a personal passion of hers to become a full time hair and make up artist. Filled with a replenished spirit, switching paths resulted in a successful career working across multiple disciplines to bring makeup and hair to models, broadcasters and brides.

Makeup by Lauren McCormack

​Starting her makeup career in fashion and beauty, Lauren has assisted leading artists for publications including US Vogue, Glamour, Twin and Porter magazine. Her own portfolio includes work for brands such as Ted Baker, Matches Fashion and LK Bennett.

Makeup by Lauren McCormack

Through Bridal Beauty by Lauren, she brings her premium skills and expertise from the world of fashion into the wedding industry. With a cool, calm and collected approach, she works with brides and their wedding parties to create memorable and timeless looks.

Outside of fashion and editorial work, Lauren provides hair and makeup styling for pundits and presenters across a variety of sports broadcasting, and in 2019 was part of the ITV Sport team that brought coverage of the memorable Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Lauren McCormack behind the scenes on ITV Sport (Photo by Paul Grover)
Lauren McCormack behind the scenes on ITV Sport (Photo by Paul Grover)

Our discussion covers Lauren’s work across broadcast, editorial and bridal hair and makeup, as well as what it is really like to powder the broken noses of rugby legends.

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S1 E7: Damion Burrows – Architect/TV Presenter

Damion Burrows is an architect and TV presenter.

With a critical focus on design, Damion Burrows is known for his inventive approach to architecture, often looking outside the given parameters of a project brief to present creative interventions and expressive architectural concepts.

Damion Burrows: Work in Progress
Damion Burrows

Damion started out studying Interior Design at Manchester University before continuing on to complete his formal Architectural training. This gave him a great understanding of both the interior and exterior of buildings and homes.

Ampersand - Darling Associates
The Ampersand Building, Soho

Over his career he has delivered a number of award winning new-build and refurbishment projects within the commercial and residential sectors.

5 Seaforth Place, Westminster
5 Seaforth Place, Westminster

After 11 years at Darling Associates Architects, he made the decision to launch his own studio Damion Marcus Burrows Architects. Born out of decades of experience, DMBA has been established with a clear mission to create a fair, sustainable and equitable practice.

Axtell Soho, London (Photography: Peter Landers)

Drawing on his extensive industry knowledge and passion for architecture and design, Damion can be seen on TV presenting the architect’s perspective for property programmes, such as Grand Designs: House of the Year, How to Live Mortgage Free with Sarah Beeny and Your Home Made Perfect. He has also been a judge on the RIBA South West Regional Awards and currently sits on the Lambeth design review panel.

In August 2020, in-between recording episodes of the latest series of BBC’s Your Home Made Perfect, Damion and I spoke remotely about all aspects of his work, from his early life growing up in Sheffield, to what its really like to establish a brand new architecture practice during a global pandemic.