Meet Drew More


July 4th, 2010 - While working on the teaser trailer, Clayton Spinney went looking for feedback from experienced effects artists. He got more than he bargained for when Drew volunteered his services for the team. Clayton asked him what kind of duties he was most interested in.

Talking about the problem-solving inherent in any art, Drew becomes extremely animated.

"If the director wants a hologram tracked onto a thingy on the table, but didn't really plan that in advance: that's a puzzle.  How to make an ordinary night city-scape look star-warsy?  puzzle.  We didn't notice that the lead actor left his script in the forground under that tree; I bet I can get that out of there.  We need one quick look at a sword "really" piercing an orc, but all we shot were standard old-school swordfight angles to sell it; done.  The pub we filmed in was historic and no open flames were allowed, but we have to have a fireplace: got that too.  What if I were to do the most simple saber-fight choreography imaginable, but complicate it by making it a fight between me, myself and I?"

He's referencing his work on the Australian fanfilm "Star Wars: Knighthood," currently in post, and the award-winning British fanfilm "Lord of the Rings: The Hunt for Gollum." For Clayton, that kind of experience and attention to detail makes Drew the perfect candidate to be the Visual Effects Supervisor for Oz. As if his resume weren't impressive enough already, More has been at this in one form or another for a whopping eighteen years.

"I started doing CG for corporate presentations my first summer in college, '92.  My fraternity (nerds, we were) did a movie spoof every semester to upstage the new class of pledges who put on a drunken, impromptu skit.  Then there was me trying to get Saul Zaentz to let me do some Tolkien.  Failing that, I followed my engineering degree into the real world, and it's a living.  Then one of my movie-spoof co-producers got a job in the same town-- we started doing lunch, and we decided we would do Star Wars.  So I got my hands on the Adobe CS2 suite, and have not put it down in about 5 years."

So what attracted a man like this to Oz?

"I read Oz as a text file at Project Gutenberg.org and I was amazed at how much it differed from the Hollywood version.  When I saw your early concept work and teaser, I was blown away: you totally used 'my' idea; which I would never have had the resources to pull off, of course: to bring the book to life."

High praise from a man who specializes in the impossible.

"I was meant to work on this project, is what I'm trying to say."

Who could argue with that?