About

Hydraulx is a uniquely designed and operated award-winning visual effects facility based in Santa Monica, California with branches in Vancouver, BC and New Orleans. As a full service visual effects house, Hydraulx has the versatility to provide high quality visual effects regardless of the size or scope of the project.

Founded in 2002 by award winning Brothers Greg and Colin Strause (self-titled as the Brothers Strause) a duo of American film directors, producers and VFX supervisors delivering ground-breaking work on  projects  like 300, Day After Tomorrow, Avatar, 2012, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, X Men- Apocalypse, Looper, San Andreas, Death Note, Stranger Things 2, and most recently Rampage.

 

Greg and Colin Strause

The brothers have worked on visionary sequences for over ninety feature films including Avatar, The Avengers, Skyfall, 300, Captain America, 2012, Iron Man 2, Battle: Los Angeles and The Day After Tomorrow. Their work on the latter brought Greg a BAFTA for Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects.

In 2015, Colin served as the lead Visual Effects Supervisor, overseeing over eleven hundred visual effect shots for Brad Peyton’s, San Andreas. The Dwayne Johnson blockbuster went on to gross over $470 million worldwide while earning four nominations from the Visual Effects Society Awards. The following year Colin reunited with Dwayne Johnson, co-supervising on the megahit comedy Baywatch for Paramount Pictures.

 

Bill Kunin

VFX Supervisor

HDX:Los Angeles

Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Bill grew up with his father working as a film editor. As a graduate of the University of California in Los Angeles, he has remained close to the business his entire life. With his first job as an assistant to a colorist, Bill shifted into the world of compositing. During that time, Bill moved into a VFX supervisor role supervising visual effects shots/sequences for multiple projects including on-set supervision for multiple shows. For over 15 years, he has been constantly honing his skills to meet clients needs and deliver photo real effects.

 

Joel Sevilla

VFX Supervisor

HDX:Los Angeles

An experienced industry veteran, Joel Sevilla has worked on some of Hollywoods biggest films. After graduating from The School of Visual Arts in New York City with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Joel began his career as a freelance animator in New York in 1999. After only a couple of years building his demo reel, Joel went to Los Angeles to create visual effects for dozens of feature films, commercials, and music videos. From animator to animation supervisor to CG supervisor, and now VFX supervisor, Joel has worked his way through VFX pipeline, always striving to improve his skills and deliver the best product. Joel was chosen to be the production side VFX Supervisor for Paramount’s “Baywatch” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Zac Efron. He along with the HDX team were nominated for a 2017 VES Award for their work on the hit Netflix show, “Stranger Things” season 2. Joel brings an extensive blend of creative and technical abilities and a thorough understanding of producing the highest quality visual effects for Film and TV

 

Gregory Watkins

2D Supervisor

HDX:Vancouver

Gregory graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design in 1996 and has been pushing around pixels now for 25 years and says it never gets old, but in the same breath, wishes the same could be said about him. Still, being part of an amazing team of talented people that brings wonder to life on the big screen, takes him right back to that feeling as a kid imagining far off worlds. He enjoys sharing that love for movie magic with his wife and 2 teenagers as they heatedly debate the merits of the latest blockbuster or TV show. As the first artist to start in the Vancouver branch in 2012, he has been involved in the birth and growth of the Canadian chapter of Hydraulx’s family. Gregory has been serving as 2D Supervisor since 2015.

 

Chun Ng

CG Supervisor

HDX:Vancouver

Chun started his Visual Effects career with Hydraulx right after he received his Masters of Art degree from Savannah College Of Art And Design in 2007. Since then he has worked his way up from a Junior Modeller to Modelling Supervisor on blockbuster movies such as Benjamin Button, Avatar, 2012, Life of Pi and San Andreas throughout his career. With his transition to a CG supervisor role, he started contributing a new workflow into the VFX pipeline to maximize production output.