MPC Film’s Sheldon Stopsack opens CICLOPE Festival 2017

VFX Supervisor on a host of Hollywood features, Sheldon is set to take CICLOPE Festival's audience behind-the-scenes of the craft in Disney’s latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie

MPC Film's team of artists, led by VFX Supervisors Sheldon Stopsack and Patrick Ledda, worked with directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, and Production VFX Supervisor Gary Brozenich, to craft effects including epic ship battles, Captain Salazar and his motley crew of sailors, ghost sharks and various environments in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. On Thursday 26 October from 10.45am – 11.15am, Sheldon Stopsack will reveal the creative challenges behind the visual effects of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, a colossal team effort that took more than two years and involved more than 700 artists and production crew.

CICLOPE Festival, the international event dedicated to the craft in moving image, kicks off next Thursday 26 October in Berlin. You can buy tickets here.

The CICLOPE finalists have been announced - and MPC landed eight nominations across four categories. We’re delighted to have partnered with adam&eveDDB, Leo Burnett Chicago, Publicis Italy, DDB Paris and JWT on the work that made the cut. Read the full breakdown below:


Branded Content: VFX

John Lewis - Buster the Boxer

Samsung – Ostrich

Heineken – The Trailblazers


Branded Content: Animation

John Lewis – Buster the Boxer

Samsung – Ostrich

Berocca – Be More Berocca


Digital Craft: Live Experience

John Lewis – Buster's Garden VR - produced by MPC Creative


Digital Craft: Real-Time Rendered VR

John Lewis – Buster's Garden VR - produced by MPC Creative


Congratulations to all our creative friends and partners involved, and of course the teams of artists here at MPC – we are always proud to collaborate on such exceptional work.

About Sheldon 

Sheldon began his career in 1999 studying Graphic Design at the University of Applied Science and Arts in Hannover, initially intending to become an illustrator. But after taking a course in new media he became interested in digital media and filmmaking, and worked on his first animated feature film Boo, Zino and the Snurks’ while still studying.

Sheldon joined MPC in 2007 as Lighting TD working on The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Proving himself as a key member of the Lighting department, Sheldon soon moved on to Lead Look Development TD for productions including Robin Hood, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treade, before taking on the role of Head of Department for Lighting. He became CG Supervisor in 2012 and led 3D teams on many well-known effects-heavy movies such as Dark Shadows, Total Recall, Skyfall, The Lone Ranger and X-Men: Days of Future Past. A recent standout project for Sheldon was Terminator Genisys when, as VFX Supervisor, he led the team’s pioneering work creating a digital double of Arnold Schwarzenegger as a younger man. Most recently, apart from Dead Men Tell No Tales, Sheldon has been working as VFX Supervisor on Transformers: The Last Knight.