This week we spoke with Karl Poyzer, UK-based cinematographer and sci-fi concept artist. Poyzer works in both 2D and 3D, making spaceships and animations using Blender and Procreate. He has worked in the film and television industry for over a decade, releasing his own short animation Floaters in 2020.
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Can you give us an idea of what a typical day looks like for you?
I guess the great thing about being freelance and doing a few different things is that there is no typical day. Most of them start with me feeding my baby daughter and end with me trying to squeeze in an hour of Ghost of Tsushima! If there’s some art in the middle then great!
What drew you to the sci-fi genre? When and why did you first get into it?
Sci-fi has just always been there for me. I think Star Wars was probably the first thing but Star Trek followed quickly after that. Anything space related has always had a special place in my heart!
What’s your favourite aspect of creating 3D art?
I would have to say putting it out into the world. Working only in the film industry for ten years sort of starved me of the ability to make art on my own, in a day, for free, and put it out there for people to see. I love hearing what other people imagine is going on in my pictures!
Who are the artists that have inspired you?
So many. Early on though it was the work of Chris Foss, Syd Mead, John Harris, Paul Chaddieson, Simon Stalenhag, and Ian McQue that really made me feel like I was outside of a party that I really wanted to be in.
What is one of your favourite projects to have worked on and what kind of work do you enjoy doing?
I would have to say that my favourite project has been Floaters. It was my first go at animation and has been by far my most successful venture in moving image as well as art. It was a way to mix my love of comedy, filmmaking and science fiction in to one lovely project. We have three episodes made and another four written so that will be an ongoing thing in my life I think!
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