Sydney Australia resident Greg McKee works as a Visual effects supervisor,
compositor and Maya Animator/Generalist, a senior Special effects technicial,
an animatronic creature
supervisor, prop maker, concept designer and illustrator. Greg has an ecclectic
background history of zoology and industrial design/engineering, remote
control, marine technology,
illustration, creature performance and historic research. He sculpts, does
carpentry, Tig, Mig and gas welds, uses metal lathes and Mills, airbrushes
artwork, uses composites, does
electronics, and is expert in computer illustration, Digital animation, modelling, texturing,
rigging and compositing. Dr George Miller calls Greg a “polymath renaissance man”
Greg’s family produced the world’s first production wakeboard, and pioneered planing step-hull sailing craft in
the late 1970s and early 80s. Greg also studied the biomechanics of
animal flight at university. He constructed mechanical birds which could fly and
maneuvre using natural wing movements rather than flaps and ailerons .
As a qualified industrial designer Greg developed head-up display computerised
scuba diving equipment in the mid 1980s displayed around the world at dive
expos by the Tabata-
He designed popular exhibitions for Australian bicentenial projects such as Expo
88 and FS88, wrote and co-illustrated a children’s book “Echidna Airways, the Great Wungle Bungle
Aerial Expedition”, developed hundreds of animatronic creatures and special effects for theme
parks such as Warner Bros Movie World and projects such as the Visual effects oscar
winning Babe 1 and 2, The Matrix, Farscape, Peter Pan, numerous TV adverts, StarWars Episode lll Revenge of the Sith, Nim’s Island and Killers in Eden.
Greg has developed computer based systems for controlling and programming
robotic facial animation and playback of lip synch dialog on animatronic
character heads. Greg’s 3D
computer animation featured in the ABC documentary “Killers in Eden”, a true story of Killer Whales in 19th century Australia which he has
researched in detail for over 15 years. He
structured crowds and conceived, storyboarded and developed the Killer whale -
Orca action sequence for “Happy Feet” .
With partner Al Ferguson and their Wildthingscreative enterprise , he VFX supervised and animated great white sharks, makos and
bottlenose dolphins for the BBC/Bigwave
documentary “Saved by Dophins”.
Greg supervised creature vfx for two major marine themed documentary features
including Disney Nature - Galatee’s “Oceans” and a feature film documentary “Turtle, the incredible
Journey” for Bigwave Productions, about the life of a Loggerhead Turtle and Wildthings created VFX for the UAE
Dubai govt’s World Expo 2015 and 2012 films.
Please click on images below to see more VFXs behind the scenes for Disney
Galatee “ Oceans ” and “Turtle, the incredible journey”
After developing winged angel animation/ motion concepts for Alex Proyas’ biblical epic of Lucifer’s fall “Paradise Lost” project using Maya, Greg and colleague David James
developed astonishing real world electro/mechanical special vehicle effects for
Mad Max 4 Fury Road to allow complete stunt safety, and Greg drove vehicles in major explosive stunts
for the film. Notably Greg drove the “people eater’s” mercedes fuel truck as it exploded and flipped, as featured in all of the film’s trailers as well as Buzzard cars and the War Rig’s
careering fuel pod trailer. He also designed hero guns, guages, gigahorse
compass, war rig superchager suction fans and even compact high velocity fans
for close up shots. Greg’s
expertise in aircraft design allows him to design and build high speed winged
flying camera rigs and multicopters. He has a full C.A.S.A. UAV drone pilots license.
At a slightly more leisurely pace, Greg designed and built the electronic remote
control-drive system for the 4wheel drive, 4wheel steering Qantas “curiosity” Mars rover. Greg has also
designed creature effects of a self swimming Blueshark and fully articulated
albatros and Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” wartime epic.
He has recently completed VFX supervision with Al Ferguson for the UAE Govt
world Expo film “Family Tree” and worked with Sir Ridley Scott on Alien Covenant building Alien horrors.
Presently he is working on a feature film development of the true story of the
Killers of Eden and consulting on other feature, TV and documentary projects.
Greg welcomes all enquiries, Please don’t assume he is too busy or expensive for your project.
A Sample of the Film and Television projects Greg is known for
Please Click on images below to see more on linked pages
VFX supervisor • Special Effects • Animatronics • Maya Animator/Generalist • Concept designer/ illustrator.
C.A.S.A. licensed UAV drone pilot