Ollie Rankin is an established Visual Effects Supervisor at Method Studios in Vancouver and in 2014 was nominated for a VES award for his work on the Roland Emmerich thriller White House Down, for which Method served as lead VFX vendor. He has worked on some of the biggest science fiction and fantasy franchises of all time, but is equally adept at helping independent filmmakers and directors of historic and dramatic movies tell their stories. Since finishing up work on the latest Transformers sequel he has turned his attention to the biopic Pele.
Rankin's specialties include bringing to the screen the intricacies of simulated dynamic and destructive effects, crowd scenes and battles. In fact, he was an early pioneer of crowd simulation, helping to establish the Massive department at Weta for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. He went on from there to champion the development of a new generation of crowd technology at MPC in London for Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven. He has also had the honor of working with notable director Clint Eastwood, first on Invictus and then again on J. Edgar.
A native of Auckland, New Zealand, Rankin graduated with first class honors from the University of Auckland, with a major in Computer Science and AI. His talents have since enabled him to work at visual effects facilities in Wellington, Tokyo, San Francisco, London, and now Vancouver.
Feature Film Credits
Pele - 2014
The Maze Runner - 2014
Transformers: Age of Extinction – 2014
X-Men: Days of Future Past - 2014
Elysium - 2013
White House Down - 2013
G.I. Joe: Retaliation - 2013
Riddick - 2013
Red Dawn - 2012
J. Edgar - 2011
Invictus - 2009
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - 2009
Watchmen - 2009
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - 2008
10,000 BC - 2008
The Other Boleyn Girl – 2008
Kingdom of Heaven - 2005
Troy - 2004 The Matrix Revolutions - 2003
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - 2002
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - 2001