The Genius of 3D Visual Effects

Image Coşku Turhan is a filmmaker/visual effects supervisor with over twelve years of experience in the Hollywood film industry. Born in Ankara, Turkey, his talent for visual arts could be traced back to the drawings and animations he did of Disney characters when he was eight years old. Building on his skills, he graduated from an International Baccalaureate program having concentrated on classical painting and music. After his painting mentor Marek Brozozovski convinced him that he would get a rigorous education there, he decided to study graphic design at Bilkent University.
Here he studied both basic design and jazz composition as a minor. Upon graduating with honors, he concluded that his passion lay in moving images and Hollywood. This quest landed him in Los Angeles to study film and digital arts at the University of Southern California - the Harvard of film schools. Here he got to study under industry giants like Robert Zemeckis, Tom Sito, and Paul deMeyer. During his master's studies he produced two thesis films, one of which (“The Bioturk”) won him international accolades by being shown at more than 20 festivals worldwide. Towards the end of his studies Cosku had a chance to work with John H. Williams - producer of the Shrek trilogy - at his animation studio, where he learned about project development and concept creation. He then was offered a job at Sony Pictures Imageworks as an associate technical director.

He quickly became a lighter and then a lead look development artist having worked on movies like “Beowulf”, “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Wizard Of Oz”. He was nominated for “VES Awards, Best Digital Cinematography” (the Oscars of the visual effects industry) two times for the work he did on “The Amazing Spiderman” and “Eagle Eye”.

After his successful run as a look development lead, he is now supervising and directing the look and technology of blockbuster movies such as “The Amazing Spiderman II” and “Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass”. Cosku Turhan has also been working on VR (virtual reality) technologies on the side. His latest accomplishment was winning the grand prize in the “Rendering the Metaverse” VR competition held by Otoy with this VR startup group. He has been living in Los Angeles for over ten years with his wife and son.

Even though he is very busy with visual effects, he also composed a famous song, “Rutbeni Bilicen” with pop singer Kenan Doğulu in 2009. He was a member of the band F-inity and he used to play bass and piano. He has a dream of becoming the first Turkish-American artist to win an Oscar award.  
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