Christopher Ervin Visual Effects Artist, Creative Director, Designer
BFA , 1995
Christopher Thomas Ervin's passion for art and design became apparent at an early age while growing up in Cortez, Colorado. After graduation from high school, Chris moved to Nebraska to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Department of Art and Art History. He majored in fine art and found his true passion, graphic design, while studying with professor Ron Bartels during his junior year. For Chris, designing with this relatively new digital medium opened up a world with seemingly limitless creative possibility.
After graduating with a BFA in the winter of 1995, Chris moved to Los Angeles to start a career in the film and television industry. After a few months Chris landed a position at prominent post facility, 525 Post Productions in Hollywood. 525 was known for high-end music video work with clients such as The Smashing Pumpkins, Madonna and Fiona Apple. Chris honed his talents as a motion graphics and visual effects artist and in 1997 left 525 to build his own creative studio VelocityApe FX. Teaming up with work colleagues, Chris and his partners landed contracts with production companies and labels such as Sony/Epic, Nickelodeon, Interscope Records and The FX Network. By the spring of 2000, Chris had worked as a motion graphic artist and creative consultant with artists such as Limp Bizkit, Metallica, Bryan Adams, No Doubt and Eminem.
From 2001 to present, Chris has taken his company and created five separate divisions: film, broadcast, web development, branding and print. To date, he has worked on 46 feature films, over 150 television spots and promotional campaigns, and received a Best Visual Effects nomination for the 2003 DVD Premiere Movie Awards.