Zack Lovatt | 2d Technical Director

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Testimonials
Kind Words & General Praise

“Illo worked with Zack in an automated video project, where he rigged and automated an after effects template, allowing it to run in function of variable input data on our automated video platform Algo. He was amazingly organised, propositive and a great problem solver. We really hope to repeat the collaboration soon!”

Luca Gonnelli

Partner, Director at ILLO

“We approached Zack to help us design a unique pipeline tool in After Effects. From day one, he was easy to work with, helpful and didn’t seem to concerned about the slightly crazy idea we had. After a few rounds of tweaking the pipeline tool and what it would be used for, he was off and running and provided us with constant feedback and updates. The tool was delivered on time, and functioning perfectly! It has saved us countless hours and made our lives a lot easier. It is also great to you know have a one of a kind toolset! Looking forward to the next one, thanks again Zack!”

Michael Sausa

Creative Director, Head of Motion Graphics at Create Advertising

“I’m happy to recommend Zack and his amazing ability to craft extraordinarily helpful tools.

We spoke with the Adobe Engineers about some things that we wanted to customize to our pipeline. During the conversation they name dropped Zack as the person who could most easily address those needs.

To say Zack’s work was amazing and far beyond our meager expectations is an understatement. We started out asking for the ability to link a few comp items to a versioning up script. It has turned into a full blown solution for the naming and file path functions that were prone to human error.

With Zack’s creation, I no longer have to focus on tedious minutia, but can instead focus on the creative work. This is fantastic!

Zack’s attitude during the entire development period was enthusiastic and he kept offering suggestions on how to improve upon our ideas. He kept up a constant dialog making sure our needs were being met. On more than one occasion turning around a new version the same day if something went wrong between versions.

His level of professionalism and one on one care for his clients made the experience a resounding positive.

Absolutely beyond a shadow of a doubt when next we need a custom tool for After Effects, we will be contacting Zack! And frankly, so should you.”

John McConnell

Senior Compositor at VFX Legion

“First off I just want to say that when I approached the Adobe After Effects team about needing a custom pipeline script, they referred me to Zack. My takeaway was that he must know what he’s doing. And I wasn’t wrong.

I told him initially that I wanted something like “Increment and Save” on steroids. Something that wouldn’t just update the project but rename various comps and render items and point renders to contextual folders. But what I ended up with was so much more than I had originally planned.

I began bombarding him with feature requests and tweaks, but he knocked them all out of the park. And when I wasn’t sure about certain functionality Zack made suggestions (giving himself more work in the process) but then ended up improving upon something that I was already happy with. The resulting tool automates many tedious things that used to take several seconds of clicking and navigating, copy/pasting, etc. A lot of seemingly complex instructions that were once entered manually have been reduced to single button instantaneous functions. Our workflow is much smoother now thanks to Zack.

I couldn’t be happier with the end result and Zack’s effusive style is evidence of his enjoyment of these kinds of projects. He’s a talented tool developer and I can’t recommend him enough. He was game for everything I threw at him and always quick to reply. He’s a true pro. When I need more custom tools I know where to turn.”

Brad Moylan

Co-Founder & Senior Compositor at VFX Legion

“Zack is an extremely resourceful, efficient, organized and brilliant motion designer. Besides of being good at animation and generalist motion design, he has a wonderful sense for overseeing projects and a taste for quality. On top of that, his skills in coding and programming are helping in many ways, everyday. Every studio needs a Zack!”

Gabriel Grenier

Creative Director + Partner at SHED

“Zack created some custom After Effects tools to speed up our workflow. He nailed it perfectly, and was a pleasure to work with. He’s our new secret weapon! Highly recommended.”

Ben Pohl

Animator

“Zack’s motion graphics skills coupled with his complete understanding of onset playback reality were key to the success of White House Down.

He is swift, agile, and extremely efficient which makes him a work horse turning over iterations after iterations.

From smartphones to video walls: His gorgeous and functional motion graphics where astonishing on every device.

A big plus, he is enjoyable to collaborate with, which is not to be taken lightly especially when you go thru a six days week / +twelve hours a day production schedule.

I highly recommend Zack and I will hire him again in the future.”

Sebastien Dostie

VFX Supervisor at Mokko Studio

“I had the pleasure of working with Zack for a short 4 weeks on a video game cinematic. He was recommended to me for his experience with motion graphics.

After just one day, he completely won my confidence. Not only did he understand my fairly erratic direction, he took it, ran with it, and exceeded my expectations. He is resourceful, creative, smart, and has fantastic work ethic.

Taking advantage of his obvious talent, I asked him to help improve various composited shots. He did so with the utmost professionalism, and again exceeded my expectations, and the clients.

It was a privilege to work with Zack, just as it is to write this endorsement. He has a great career ahead of him.”

Andrew Woodhouse

Art Departmen Head at Arc Productions