Roger Kupelian has been working in the indie film biz since 1992, and the Digital Effects industry since 1995. He is well versed in many forms of visual media, having contributed everything from storyboards production illustrations, and concepts to final shots for major film projects. He has also specialized in creating digital environments and structures too expensive or simply impossible shoot on location, everything from the surface of Mars to the mountains of Mordor, from the volcanic inferno of Mt. Doom to World War Two’s Iwo Jima.
He has also composed and delivered entire shots and supervised composites, and worked with art directors to design cinematic sequences. His Lord of the Rings work resulted in a recent nomination for ‘Best Matte Painter’ at the 2002 Visual Effects Society awards as well as a subsequent nomination (with the team at Zoic) for Best Created Environment for “FlashForward”.
His film credits include the Academy award winning The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Flags of Our Fathers, Charlie Wilson’s War, Alice in Wonderland, Hop, HUGO, Oblivion, among many others. His work also extends to VFX for televised episodics and commercials.
Raised in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and a chronic world-traveler since, Kupelian brings his unique cultural backgrounds and influences to his work. After a stint as a High School Art instructor, Kupelian started as a storyboard artist and production illustrator/ designer for a Hollywood effects company. This eventually led to digital matte painting and compositing at various other visual effects houses and his subsequent sojourn to New Zealand for Peter Jackson’s original Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
His accomplishments include published articles, short stories, and an award-winning war-zone documentary translated to three different languages and televised internationally.
His artwork has been published numerous times and was featured in many of the Lord of the Rings art books – even as part of a stamp collection for the New Zealand postal service. Kupelian has also directed music videos, including “Honking Antelope” for Serj Tankian (of System of a Down). Kupelian also has collaborated with Tankian by providing illustrations for Tankian’s “Glaring into Oblivion“, dist. by Harper Collins.
His latest personal works are the two volumes of his Graphic Novel Series for his East of Byzantium project : War Gods, and soon, Warrior Saints. Kupelian is currently available for freelance vfx work.