- Name: Roger Kupelian
- Gender: Male
- Location: Glendale
Professional for 18 years, 3 months
Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Flags of Our Fathers, Final Fantasy: The Spirit Within, Alice in Wonderland, Oblivion, Cloverfield, X-men First Class, Shutter Island, Hugo, Aeon Flux, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Jerry Maguire, Space Jam, Cloud Atlas, Constantine, Men in Black 3, many others
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- Join date: Jul 16th 2013
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- Last online: Feb 5th, 15:16
Painting. Reading. Filmmaking. Emoting. Meditating. Watching.
Any Kubrick or Kurosawa film. Miyasaki films too. Usually love stuff by Ridley Scott. Gibson's flicks are awesome. But then again I get into all the older 70's depressing sci fi.
John Martin, Turner, Constable, Wyeth, Ayvazovsky, Bierstadt, Church, Berkey, Foss, Lee, Howe, All the British illustrators that did the Ladybird Books, DiFate, it's a big list.
Photoshop, After Effects, Pencil on typing paper, ink brush, canon 5d mark 2
My Bio: Roger Kupelian has been working in the indie film biz since 1992, and the Digital Effects industry since 1995. He is well versed in many forms of visual media, having contributed everything from storyboards production illustrations, and concepts to final shots for major film projects. He has also specialized in creating digital environments and structures too expensive or simply impossible shoot on location, everything from the surface of Mars to the mountains of Mordor, from the volcanic inferno of Mt. Doom to World War Twoâ€™s Iwo Jima.
He has also composed and delivered entire shots and supervised composites, and worked with art directors to design cinematic sequences. His Lord of the Rings work resulted in a recent nomination for â€˜Best Matte Painterâ€™ at the 2002 Visual Effects Society awards as well as a subsequent nomination (with the team at Zoic) for Best Created Environment for â€œFlashForwardâ€.
His film credits include the Academy award winning The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Flags of Our Fathers, Charlie Wilsonâ€™s War, Alice in Wonderland, Oblivion among many others.
Raised in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and a chronic world-traveler since, Kupelian brings his unique cultural backgrounds and influences to his work. After a stint as a High School Art instructor, Kupelian started as a storyboard artist and production illustrator/ designer for a Hollywood effects company. This eventually led to digital matte painting and compositing at various other visual effects houses and his subsequent sojourn to New Zealand for the three Rings Films.
His accomplishments include published articles, short stories, and a documentary translated to three different languages and televised internationally. His artwork has been published numerous times and was featured in many of the Lord of the Rings art books (and even as part of a stamp collection for the New Zealand postal service). A Jury Prize was awarded to his war-zone documentary, Dark Forest in the Mountains, which was followed up with a sequel, Hands and A Homeland. Kupelian has also directed music videos, including â€œHonking Antelopeâ€ and â€œReconstructive Demonstrationsâ€ for Serj Tankianâ€™s Solo Album releases. Kupelian also has collaborated with Tankian by providing illustrations for Tankianâ€™s upcoming â€œGlaring into Oblivionâ€œ, dist. by Harper Collins. Kupelian is currently rolling out his Roman-Era graphic novel series, â€œEast of Byzantium: War Godsâ€ and â€œEoB: Warrior Saintsâ€.