From script to screen, Rocket Science VFX has been captivating international audiences with elegant, award winning visual effects since 2003.
Founded by Tom Turnbull and Anthony Paterson, Rocket Science has produced outstanding visual effects for ambitious studio films and television shows.
Celebrating our 15th year, Rocket Science VFX is proud to have independently grown to be among the largest VFX studios in Ontario. Leveraging our talented artists and a strong management team, Rocket Science promotes collaboration and communication across all departments. This ethos is paramount to conceptualizing and delivering outstanding visual effects. Leading the team are industry veterans who have honed their respective crafts for decades toward multiple award nominations and wins.
Tom is a versatile VFX Supervisor with extensive experience directing VFX around the world. His 30 years of experience span the gamut of digital effects - he’s tackled everything from miniatures to bigatures and historical pieces to futuristic landscapes. He has specialized knowledge in Motion Control, Motion Capture, Miniatures, VFX element photography and second unit directing. A two-time BAFTA recipient for Best Visual Effects for ITV’s mini-series Titanic (2013) and BBC’s The Day of the Triffids (2010), Tom is also a three-time Gemini Award winner in Visual Effects for his work on CTV’s Terry (2006) and CBC’s productions (2004) Shattered City: the Halifax Explosion, and (1998) The Arrow. Tom holds two Canadian Screen Awards nominations for (2012) Titanic and Copper (2012), as well as three Prime-Time Emmy Award nominations for Fox’s (2009) Fringe, Haven and The Path to 9/11 (2007). Tom co-founded Rocket Science VFX in 2003.
Anthony co-founded Rocket Science and is an Emmy nominated VFX Producer and Supervisor. Leveraging 30 years of passion for visual effects, Anthony expertly designs and delivers photo-real effects for live action, digital matte paintings and 3D environments. As the former founder of Nerve VFX, Anthony grew the company and sold it to Alliance Atlantis. He continues to build on his 61 credits for film and television by pursuing endeavours that challenge his creative and technical expertise. In addition to his four Gemini nominations, Anthony has been nominated for two Prime Time Emmy Awards for Hannibal (NBC, 2016) and The Path to 9/11 (ABC miniseries, 2007), and two Canadian Screen Awards for Killjoys (SyFy, 2016-17). Anthony is currently supervising October Faction (Netflix, 2019).
As Rocket Science VFX’s Head of Production, Chris is a key member of the team. He is responsible for ensuring each production is delivered on-time and on-budget, managing multiple production schedules, complex VFX production workflows and client communications. His recent credits include The Expanse, Polar and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Lara is a 20 year industry veteran and a senior VFX producer for Rocket Science VFX. Prior to joining RSVFX, Lara launched Toronto’s chapter of the Visual Effects Society in 2013 where she served on the Board of Directors for 2 years. She also amassed an impressive list of credits on notable projects including Tron: Legacy, The Three Musketeers, Pacific Rim, Resident Evil: Retribution and Mama. Since then, Lara’s vast industry knowledge has played a significant role in landing and producing visual effects for shows like Killjoys, Alias Grace, Hannibal and Cardinal. Her expertise and passion has been recognized with a nomination in Visual Effects from the Canadian Screen Awards.
Tom began working at Rocket Science as an Intern in 2013 and has excelled at every position since, rapidly working his way up to becoming a VFX Supervisor. With experience as an on-set Data Wrangler and Coordinator, Tom’s success is informed by his studies in multimedia production and broadcasting. He has worked on numerous shows at Rocket Science including Hannibal, Murdoch Mysteries and Into the Badlands. His talents were acknowledged with a Prime-Time Emmy nomination on Hannibal, the first of his career. He is a passionate gamer and gains inspiration from the many storytelling techniques found therein. Tom also revels in any new technology in which the studio invests. He avidly utilizes motion capture, Lidar and photogrammetry gear to explore new avenues for production.
Shoban joined Rocket Science three years ago and immediately offered a blend of technical ability and on-set production experience. Initially trained as a 3D artist, Shoban rounded out his experience as a Set Supervisor, Compositor and VFX Supervisor on numerous television and film productions. With a passion for visual effects inspired by such films as Contact, Twister and Star Wars, Shoban has worked in Malaysia, Dubai, Australia and India before settling in Canada in 2010. As a Compositing Supervisor, Shoban has worked on films such as Spiderman 3, I am Legend, Valkyrie, Alice in Wonderland, Legend of Tarzan and Gods of Egypt. A proficient photographer, Shoban also pursues screenwriting and enjoys producing short films of his own conception.
As Senior Compositor, Ian brings many years of production experience to Rocket Science. A Gemini-award winner for Best Visual Effects for his work on Terry (2005), Ian also holds an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Special Effects for The Path to 9/11 (2006). Additional recognition includes a VES nomination for The Man Who Saved Christmas (2002), two Canadian Screen Award nominations for Titanic (TV miniseries 2012) and Wet Bum (2014), and a Gemini nomination for Best Visual Effects on Everest (2007).
Matt started his career as an animator, modeler and effects artist. He joined Rocket Science five years ago as a 3D generalist. Matt appreciates working with people who love what they do, and savors seeing the final result of everyone's hard work coming together to make a great show. Matt has evolved into a talented CG Supervisor, whose work includes shows such as Greta, Hannibal, Killjoys, The Expanse, Dolphin Tale 2, The Strain, Vikings, Into the Badlands, Rupture, Alias Grace and Resident Evil: Final Chapter. His filmmaking and artistic influences are numerous, but can be distilled to include Feng Zhu, Sparth, Simon Stalenhag, Tom Thomson and Erin Hanson.
John joined Rocket Science 7 years ago and brings 30 years of industry experience as a senior 3D animator, compositor and VFX Supervisor. John is passionately focused on how to best visually express a story. His apex of job satisfaction occurs when he creates invisible effects, ones that are subtle enough to appear as though they were caught in-camera, on the day. He has worked on Bye Bye Man, Copper, Dolphin Tale 2, The Expanse, Fargo, Hannibal, Hemlock Grove, Killjoys, Rupture, The Strain and The Mortal Instruments among others. John has been nominated for a Prime-Time Emmy for his work on Hannibal. He has also received a Canadian Screen Awards nomination for Copper and won a Gemini for Best Visual Effects on The Arrow. A film fan since childhood, John’s influences include Hitchcock, Kubrick, Coppola, Spielberg and Frankenheimer as his preferred cinematic auteurs.
Tony became a part of the Rocket Science team in early 2010 as a compositor after graduating top of his college class. He began his studies in computer science, but shifted from that field to pursue a career with greater creative freedom. Since 2010, Tony has sought further challenges and accepted roles such as Lead Compositor and Comp Supervisor on select projects. He enjoys leveraging his creative freedom towards developing a visual effect that really sells the shot. His body of work at Rocket Science includes Rupture, Dolphin Tale 2, Hannibal, Devil’s Knot, Resident Evil: Retribution, Titanic and Take this Waltz. Tony has also earned five Canadian Screen Award nominations for his work on Murdoch Mysteries, Killjoys, Edwin Boyd and Copper.