With extensive on-set experience across visual effects-heavy feature film, advertising and episodic television projects, Josh Simmonds is both a talented artist and valued production partner. He not only ensures that projects handled by Method Studios look amazing, but also advises on-set supervisors on best-practice technical approaches to data acquisition for the VFX pipeline, keeping budgets and timelines on track. Josh also oversees in-studio FX shoots for generating elements such as dust, liquid and fire, allowing artists to generate more authentic and interesting results.
A Melbourne native, Josh held various animation and VFX roles in London and Sydney before joining Iloura, now Method Studios, in 2004. Since then, he’s led many large-scale features for the studio, including “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” “Gods of Egypt,” “Ghostbusters,” “Underworld: Blood Wars,” “John Wick: Chapter 2,” “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” and “Aquaman,” as well as independent productions including “The Boy” and “Judy and Punch,” for which he served as on-set VFX supervisor. He was also instrumental in the creation of the loot train battle sequence in “The Spoils of War” episode of “Game of Thrones,” which earned him an Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award (AACTA) for Best Visual Effects. Josh served as VFX Supervisor for Method’s work on “IT Chapter Two”,“Downhill,” and “The Conjuring 3” and “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” for which he won the Asian Academy Creative Award for Best Visual or Special FX.
During 2021 Josh and the team worked on major releases “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”, “Candyman” and Netflix’s “The Tomorrow War”. To cap off a very busy couple of years Josh was Method Studios VFX Supervisor on the soon to be released and highly anticipated Baz Lahrmann biopic “Elvis”
ABOUT FRAMESTORE (formerly METHOD STUDIOS AUSTRALIA)
Based in Melbourne, Method houses a collective of award‐winning animation and VFX artists who are motivated by creativity and technical innovation. Methods commitment to a project is unwavering. The 250+ team of VFX Artists help productions to engage with any audience across any media platform.
With a 30-year legacy of creative passion and stand-out VFX and animation work, teams that earned a 2016 VFX Emmy® for work on Game of Thrones, and VFX Oscar® nominations for Mad Max: Fury Road, and Deepwater Horizon. Key talent are led by award-winning VFX Supervisors Glenn Melenhorst and Josh Simmonds and VFX Producer and EP Ineke Majoor and 25+ year veteran Simon Rosenthal, Method Studios Head of VFX.
Whilst Methods highly‐regarded reputation has been built around its 3D and character animation work, the studio also produces outstanding results in 2D VFX, matte painting, compositing, FX animation and on‐set Supervision for the film and television industries.
Method is passionate about producing the best impact on screen ‐ from the production of high quality, fast‐turnaround pre‐visualisation through to a flawless final shot or sequence.