Visual Effects Designer/Director



Boyd began his career in the film industry in 1985 at Apogee Productions under the mentor-ship of John Dykstra. He spent his first 5 years in the business there coordinating, producing, supervising and then directing visual effects for commercials at Apogee, earning multiple Clio and Mobius Advertising Awards along the way. After working alone and working with other directors, including Tony, Ridley & Jake Scott, JJ Abrams, Dominic Sena, and Jan DeBont, among numerous others, Boyd began to design and supervise the visual effects for his first feature film, "Speed" (directed by Jan de Bont). The visual effects on that film earned a BAFTA nomination for Visual Effects and landed a coveted spot at the Academy Visual Effects Bake Off. Boyd has since lent his talents as Visual Effects Supervisor and 2nd unit Director to such films as "Batman Forever" (working once again with John Dykstra), "Face/Off" (directed by John Woo), "Gone in 60 Seconds" (directed by Dominic Sena), "Pushing Tin" (directed by Mike Newell), "Swordfish" (directed by Dominic Sena), "Invasion" (directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel) "Fantastic Four 2: Rise of Silver Surfer" (directed by Tim Story), and "Poseidon" (directed by Wolfgang Petersen), for which Boyd received a nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Between 2007~2009, Boyd designed all the action sequences and supervised the visual effects for "GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra" (directed by Stephen Sommers). This film took nearly two years to complete and had over 1,950 visual effects shots. In 2012, Boyd completed work on "Journey2: The Mysterious Island" (directed by Brad Peyton). This was Boyd's first foray into native Stereo3D photography, and provided additional opportunities for creature animation, 2nd Unit Directing and a wide assortment of "earth shattering" effects. In 2014, Boyd lent his design and supervision skills to the rock band Metallica for their Stereo3D film, "Through the Never" (directed by Nimrod Antal). Boyd spent the better part of two years (Seasons 2 & 3) supervising the visual effects and directing second unit on AMC's Fear the Walking Dead from 2015 through 2017. Boyd then ventured into in the Themed Entertainment world, designing and directing Stereoscopic 3D films for location-based entertainment; "Being Dolphin 4D" (directed by Bob Talbot) and "Sky Park" (written and directed by Boyd Shermis), a ride film for the Chinese market. Boyd returned to the feature world last year by lending his talents to James Gray's "Ad Astra," working alongside Allen Maris as an Additional VFX Supervisor. When not working on films, Boyd enjoys spending his time scuba diving and making wine in the Santa Ynez Valley. Boyd is a member of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and Directors Guild of America.






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