Derek is a three-time Emmy Award winner for his work as a facility Visual Effects Supervisor of the HBO series Game of Thrones. This led to him being the VFX supervisor for all the dragon and fire work on behalf of Pixomondo for the HBO/Bud Light Clio-winning “Joust” Super Bowl 2019 ad. Other recent Pixomondo work including serving as Production VFX Supervisor on Goosebumps 2 and Roland Emmerich’s upcoming WWII film, Midway.
Prior to Pixomondo, Derek was part of the artists behind the resurgence of high-end television drama, working on such shows as Black Sails,The Walking Dead, Midnight Texas and the aforementioned GOT, all of which bring film-quality work to broadcasting and streaming platforms on compressed schedules.
His career in Visual Effects started with the founding of Cinesite’s 3D department where he was involved with the production of Kevin Costner’s Waterworld and helped develop Cinesite’s 3D tracking system. Over the years, Spears served as the Digital Effects Supervisor on Face/Off and The X Files movie, the VFX supervisor for The Sum of All Fears (which won him the inaugural VES Award), facility supervisor for Superman Returns, The Wolfman, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and as production supervisor of The Mummy 3 and Around the World in 80 Days. Derek won a silver Clio for the Nike spot “Virtual Andre” starring tennis pro Andre Agassi.
Derek has a background in Electrical Engineering and brings a deep understanding of the fusion of Art and Technology which is today’s state of the art Visual Effects. Prior to working in the film industry, Derek worked at Silicon Graphics and was a key developer on the Academy Award-recognized Cineon compositing system. Today Derek is a member of the both the Film and Television Academies, serving on the executive committee for the later. He has a passion for both art and technology. He is also a private pilot holding an instrument rating.