Ran Manolov
Ran Manolov
Sculptor/ Vfx Supervisor
London, United Kingdom

Summary

I am a figurative sculptor, living and working in London. My work combines the classicism of shape and form while being imbued with emotion. I use various techniques which allows me to focus more on the story telling side and treatment of form. Influenced by my traditional background in drawing I use the line and nuanced gestures to give the anatomically rigorous sculptures, the illusion of life.

While using all the traditional tools, I grew to know the digital ones too. This eventually led to a supervision role in the film/games industry. I am currently operating as VFX/Character Supervisor. Over the years I had worked in various studios such as: BLUR Studios, Blizzard Ent., Industrial Light & Magic, MPC, Framestore, Untold Studios and more.

Few cimmercial projects worth mentioning are: "Love, Death & Robots Season 3", "Diablo II Resurrection", "ARK II", "Jurassic world II", "Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen", "King Arthur", "Batman vs Superman" etc.
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• EDUCATION •

- 2010-2012 Master of arts, Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria
- 2006-2010 Master of arts, Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria
- "Universidad de Granada - Facultad de Bellas Artes", Granada, Spain​​​​​​​
- 2001-2006 National School of Fine Arts, Sofia
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• RESIDENCIES •

- "Cité internationale des Arts Paris", Paris, France
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• AWARDS •

-Special prize- winner in the annual contest for free hand and academic drawing, organized by the National academy of art
- Laureate of the special prize for an educational drawing in favour of Petur Bunarjiev in the competitive exhibition dedicated to the patron Iliya Petrov
- Distinction- Honorary Diploma issued by Future of Bulgaria academy for achievements in the field of pictorial arts handed personally by the minister of Culture Stefan Danailov.
- Honoured with a copper plate in the Wall of Fame for extraordinary achievements in the field of art.
- Distinction- Honorary Diploma on the occasion of May 24 the day of Bulgarian enlightenment, culture and Slavonic language handed personally by the minister of Culture Stefan Danailov.
- Distinction- Honorary Diploma for extraordinary achievements and honourable representation of the Bulgarian youth at international and national Olympics and competitions in the field of science and art handed personally by the president of Bulgaria Mr. Georgi Parvanov.
- First Prize-winner in the second national contest for an educational drawing
- First Prize-winner in the national Graffiti fest
- Distinction- Honorary Diploma in honour of May 24 the day of Bulgarian enlightenment, culture and Slavonic language for creative achievements handed by the minister of Culture and tourism (at the time) Nina Chilova.​
- First Prize-winner in the annual exhibition-contest Continuity dedicated to the patron of the school Iliya Petrov
- Second Prize-winner in the national contest for educational drawing.
- First Prize-winner for illustration in the competition dedicated to the anniversary from the birth of Hans Christian Andersen
- Big prize-winner in the competition Drawing of an Animal
​- First Prize-winner in the competition The Beauty of Sport
- Big prize-winner in the second national competition - Art Against Drugs
- Olympic Gold Medal from the international Olympic competition Aspiration, Athens, Greece
- First Prize-winner in the competition Archeology and Nowadays
- First Prize-winner in the competition for active drawing
- Second Prize-winner in the competition Images from Radichkov
- Second Prize-winner in the national competition dedicated to the Olympics Aspiration
- Special Award for portrait in favour of Iliya Petrov
- First Prize-winner for graphics in the competition dedicated to Iliya Petrov
- Olympic Silver Medal from the international Olympic competition Bucharest,Romania
- First Prize-winner in the competition Ex-libris
- Awarded by the Bulgarian Olympic committee for overall representation in the contest for drawings dedicated to the Olympics​​​​​
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Skills

SculptingDrawingAnatomyDigital SculptingCreature DesignConcept ArtConcept DesignVFX SupervisionBuild supervisionArt directionCharacter ModelingCreature Modeling3D ModelingHard Surface ModelingTexturing

Software proficiency

ZBrush
ZBrush
Maya
Maya
Substance 3D Painter
Substance 3D Painter
Photoshop
Photoshop
Marmoset Toolbag
Marmoset Toolbag
3DCoat
3DCoat
Nuke
Nuke
Mudbox
Mudbox
Mari
Mari

Reel

Productions

  • Abyzou poster
    • Movie
      Abyzou
    • Year
      2023
    • Role
      Vfx Supervisor/ Art Director
    • Company
      WorldwideFX London
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    • Commercial / Advertisement
      The hunger games: The ballad of songbirds & snakes
    • Year
      2022
    • Role
      Concept Designer
    • Company
      DEVA Studios/ WorldwideFX London
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    • Video Game
      Elder Scrolls Online
    • Year
      2022
    • Role
      Concept Designer
    • Company
      BLUR Studios
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    • TV Production
      Love Death Robots Season 3
    • Year
      2022
    • Role
      Senior Character Artist
    • Company
      BLUR Studios
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    • Movie
      The Protege
    • Year
      2021
    • Role
      Vfx Supervisor
    • Company
      WorldWideFx London
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    • Movie
      Memory
    • Year
      2021
    • Role
      Vfx Supervisor
    • Company
      WorldWideFx London
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    • Movie
      Jolt
    • Year
      2021
    • Role
      Vfx Supervisor
    • Company
      WorldWideFx London
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    • Movie
      Till Death
    • Year
      2021
    • Role
      Vfx Supervisor
    • Company
      WorldwideFX London
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    • Movie
      The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard
    • Year
      2021
    • Role
      VFX Supervisor
    • Company
      WorldWideFx London
  • Rotgii
    • Commercial / Advertisement
      Return of the Goat II
    • Year
      2021
    • Role
      Concept Artist
    • Company
      Absolute Post
  • Diabloii artwork
    • Video Game
      Diablo 2:Resurrected
    • Year
      2021
    • Role
      Senior Character Artist
    • Company
      Blizzard Entertainment
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    • Commercial / Advertisement
      John Lewis/Waitrose Christmas
    • Year
      2020
    • Role
      Senior Character Aritist
    • Company
      Untold Studios
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    • Commercial / Advertisement
      Virgin Media | Seal of Approval
    • Year
      2019
    • Role
      Senior Character Artist
    • Company
      Untold Studios
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    • Movie
      Angel Has Fallen
    • Year
      2019
    • Role
      VFX Supervisor
    • Company
      WorldwideFX London
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    • Commercial / Advertisement
      Churchill: 2019 Chill Advert
    • Year
      2019
    • Role
      Senior Character Artist
    • Company
      Untold Studios
  • Hellboy reboot poster
    • Movie
      Hellboy: Rise of the blood queen
    • Year
      2019
    • Role
      VFX Supervisor
    • Company
      WorldwideFX London
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    • Movie
      Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
    • Year
      2018
    • Role
      Creature Modeler
    • Company
      Industrial Light & Magic
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    • Movie
      Bullet Head
    • Year
      2017
    • Role
      Senior Character Artist
    • Company
      NuBoyana Fx
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    • Movie
      Ready Player One
    • Year
      2018
    • Role
      Creature Modeler
    • Company
      Industrial Light & Magic
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    • Movie
      Doctor Strange
    • Year
      2016
    • Role
      Creature Modeler
    • Company
      Industrial Light & Magic
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    • Movie
      King Arthur: Legend of the sword
    • Year
      2017
    • Role
      Creature Modeler
    • Company
      Framestore
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    • Movie
      Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice
    • Year
      2015
    • Role
      Creature Modeler
    • Company
      Moving Picture Company
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    • Movie
      Expendables 3
    • Year
      2014
    • Role
      Modeler
    • Company
      WorldwideFX Sofia

Experience

  • VFX Supervisor/ Art Director at WWFX UK
    London, United Kingdom
    March 2018 - Present

  • Creature Modeler at Industrial Light and Magic, London
    London, United Kingdom
    March 2016 - March 2018

    One of the main creature modelers on the new Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    ( responsible for:

    - concept sculpting

    - texturing

    - build

    - shapes

    - shot sculpting

    - upresing old assets from Jurassic World

    Also worked on:

    - Dr. Strange

    - Ready Player One

  • Creature Modeler at Framestore, London
    London, United Kingdom
    July 2015 - March 2016

    Concept sculpt and build of the main villain in Guy Rithie's King Arthur( 2017)

  • Creature Modeler at MPC, London
    London, United Kingdom
    October 2014 - March 2015

    Concept sculpting and detailing Doomsday in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice( 2016)