VFX Supervisor Stephen Coren is a unique talent, with over 35 years in the industry. He combines years of practical on set experience with an extensive technical understanding of VFX allowing him to produce flawless visuals for a wide variety of film, television and new media.
In the mid 90’s Stephen set up and ran a successful advertising based VFX facility - delivering hundreds of blue-chip commercials.
Not only does Stephen bring a wealth of talent and experience, he is also pragmatic and can drive projects forward gaining the best possible results.
He understands how post facilities work and he knows where to go to obtain the best visual effects for the brief within the realms of the budget.
As a VFX Supervisor Stephen has worked on several Oscar winning films and won multiple Awards for VFX
His recent credits include …
A Discovery of Witches S02,
The Ash Lad - In Search of the Golden Castle
War of the Worlds
to work on technically challenging, visually compelling projects.
I care deeply about the narrative of a project and strive to achieve the vision of its storytelling team."
'I had the pleasure of working with Steph on two movies, The Autopsy of Jane Doe and Mortal, and both I and the films benefited greatly from his solutions oriented attitude, vast knowledge as well as his understanding of balancing physical and digital effects.
His care and patience was a highly appreciated treasure for me personally.
He shot out most of the Helicopter, Drone and some Second Unit. As well as covering the Underwater directing for me on Mortal!'
Director | Writer | Producer
'I’ve known Stephen for over 20 years and I have to say he's one of the most talented VFX Supervisors I’ve had the pleasure to work with.
He has a unique gift in finding workable solutions to realise a director’s vision to screen. What I respect about him is his breadth of knowledge over the whole gamut of the film making and VFX process. This allows him to see the bigger picture and become an integral part of the overall production to solve challenges be they creative or budgetary.
He’s also a lot of fun!'
'Steph's exceptional abilities and charming personality make him a pleasure to work with.
He respects the script, the schedule and the budget.
The full package!
He has become not only a great work colleague, but also a great friend.'
1st AD / UPM / PM / VFX 1st
'Stephen was drafted in at the last moment on a fairly complicated action shoot. His ability to listen, assess and creatively address the director's vision with vfx solutions was invaluable both for the budget and also for increasing production value.
Stephen is simply indefatigable, a zen of no-nonsense, can-do attitude. I look forward to working with him again, sooner rather than later.'
Production Manager - Nenokkadine
'Stephen is a must on-set. Calm, professional, with boundless energy and enthusiasm.
Work with Stephen once and you won't want to work without him again.'
Line Producer - Nenokkadine
'Stef Coren was our VFX Supervisor on both series of THIS IS JINSY.
Without him, I can honestly say that we would never have got it done. He brought his experience of working for Peter Jackson to our low budget show, but never skimped on the detail, quality or creativity. It was extremely challenging work, but his deep well of patience and his desire to give the director and lead talent what they wanted came through in the end.
The results speak for themselves. It is largely thanks to him that we got the look, tone and feel we were aiming for with the VFX, and now have two series of which we are extremely proud.'
'I've had the pleasure of working with Stephen both as a facility based VFX Supervisor and later as my client on many occasions.
Stephen draws from his broad experience in his days as a talented CG artist to design and implement visual effects to best utilise any budget, providing productions with the best on screen visuals to tell their story.
He's always full of ideas and he's one of nicest and calmest guys you could wish to meet!'
MD & Executive Producer
Milk Visual Effects
"Stef and Anthony led from the front delivering high end VFX on an over-ambitious schedule that was constantly challenged by the Covid Pandemic.
They collaborated with passion, drive and good humour at all times despite the ever shifting sand beneath their feet.
Their creativity was inspiring and their attention to detail beyond impressive. The contribution they made to the overall storytelling was vital in taking an established show to a whole new level"
Lead Director/Exec producer
'Stephen Coren - Super lovely. Fantastic trouble-shooter. Great Creative. GETS IT DONE!
Steph is possessed of fantastic creative energy and focus that reassures and drives a production through. He is just fantastic onset. Years of experience shine through. He's been my wingman on a few shows and has been incredibly clever in pulling lots of VFX rabbits out of VFX hats for the creative and budget solutions.
Could say a lot more but the first 11 words here are a pretty good indication of why you need to talk to him...'
'Steph is a highly creative and passionate filmmaker.
A deep thinker, problem solver and incredibly knowledgeable, he is as comfortable onset as he is in a grading suite.
A strong HOD, who is well organised and consistently thinks ahead; always having a sense of humour even in the most challenging of situations.
I know from experience, he will go to extraordinary lengths to achieve the desired vision and will push to get the best out of everything.'
'We worked with Stephen Coren on HUMMINGBIRD.
He has a fantastic creative eye and is extremely detail orientated, making him a well rounded VFX Supervisor.
Our whole team loved working with Stephen and his organisation skills made the job run smoothly and efficiently. He was a pleasure to work with!'
Head of Production
'We worked with Stephen Coren as Visual Effects Supervisor on the second series of THIS IS JINSY for Sky Atlantic.
Stephen was a joy from start to finish, consistently bringing creative solutions to a challenging show which makes ambitious demands of its relatively modest budget.
He was an inspirational and good-humoured leader of a dedicated VFX team. We look forward to working with him again.'
Margot Gavan Duffy (Producer)
Philippa Catt (Head of Production, Comedy and Entertainment)
Tiger Aspect Productions
'Stephen Coren and I worked together on a project for Jim Henson's Creature shop in 2005. Stephen's professionalism, humour, dedication and exceptional technical ability made the process one of the most enjoyable of my career, so far.
When I needed an Executive Producer, VFX at BSkyB in 2008, he was the only person on my list. We worked through a challenging set up for This is Jinsy and the mine-field that is broadcast television.
Stephen makes VFX simple, efficient and enjoyable. He sees issues before they happen, encourages collaboration and involves everyone in the process. Stephen is confident in making decisions and totally knows what will work and what won't.
I would work with him again in a heartbeat - just need to dream up another job for us both.'
Client Services Director
Invisible Artists Sydney