Ian Ward is a CG specialist with a history of working on VFX heavy feature films.  His technical craft was honed on projects including King Arthur (Guy Ritchie), Cloud Atlas (The Wachowskis), Hunger Games, – Catching Fire (Francis Lawrence) and the Harry Potter franchise.


Ian is an accomplished tutor for Autodesk’s 3D software Maya – the central tool to animation and visual effects production. At LightForge Academy, Ian combines his expert knowledge of Maya with his passion for teaching, drawing on his own real-world experience gained on a back catalogue of award-winning feature projects.


Ian started his career with a degree in graphic design and has moved through the visual effects ranks in roles across the pipeline, including lead lighting TD, sequence lead and CG Supervisor.  His career has spanned time at visual effects giants including, MPC, Framestore, Cinesite, Method Studios and Lipsync Post.