Portland Press Herald staff reporter Ray Routhier talks with Eric Saindon about his recent Oscar win and more during a virtual conversation on Wednesday, April 5.

About Eric

Photo courtesy of Weta FX.

Gorham native Eric Saindon won his first Oscar for visual effects in March for his work on “Avatar: The Way of Water” and had been nominated twice before, for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” in 2014 and “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” in 2013.

After graduating from Gorham High School in 1988, Saindon took community college classes, and later studied architecture at Washington State University. He got a job out of college at a company that made animation software.

After that, he worked at the animation company Santa Barbara Studios in California. In 1999, he went to work at Weta Digital in New Zealand – now Weta FX – and worked his way up to senior visual effects supervisor. He’s been at Weta ever since and lives in Wellington, New Zealand, with his wife and four children.

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