Neil Huxley is an Emmy-nominated director, writer and storyteller extremely well versed in traditional, digital and virtual production workflows, including live action, VFX, animation and video game performance capture for real-time game engines. His deep knowledge of VFX is the result of over 15 years in the industry, the last 8 have seen him writing, pitching and directing projects that have amassed millions of views online globally.
After moving to Los Angeles in 2008, Neil's extensive experience in design, post-production and VFX led him to art direct the main title sequence for Zach Snyder's Watchmen before working alongside James Cameron for 18 months on Avatar as a VFX Art Director leading a team of 80+ VFX artists, contributing to more than 300 shots.
Neil then went on to build a body of work that showcases his ability to craft immersive virtual worlds and characters that feel natural and emotional. He wrote and directed video game cinematics and commercials for content such as Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Dead Space 3, The Darkness II, and Super Mario Maker, as well as multiple DLC expansion trailers for Dead By Daylight, including the reveal of the Stranger Things’ Demogorgon, which accumulated over 7 million views in 24 hours. Neil has directed multiple FX-driven launch trailers for many AAA-games, such as Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, Mad Max and Rise of the Tomb Raider, for which he also directed the in-game cinematics. These consisted of directing over 90 minutes of performance capture with multiple actors wearing full head-cams reading 80+ pages of dialogue. Neil also acted as editor and virtual cinematographer for these sequences using a virtual camera system (VCAM).
Neil’s live action/CG work can be seen in trailers for Assassin’s Creed Unity and Iron Man VR for Marvel Studios & PlayStation VR, as well as several live action ﬁght promo ﬁlms for Ultimate Fighting Championship. He has worked with multiple UFC world-champion athletes, including Jon Jones, Connor McGregor and Ronda Rousey, the last of which was for the Emmy-nominated viral ﬁlm for Ronda Rousey Vs. Holly Holm, which has topped 50 million views online.
Neil’s work is often celebrated for blending the elegant and meticulous with the violent and dark, and nowhere is this more evident than in the monumental, multi-million dollar live action interactive ﬁlm, Middle Earth: Shadow of War for Warner Bros Interactive. Braving the Ukrainian winter, he oversaw a team of hundreds in bringing to life an epic battleﬁeld of warring Orcs and ﬁre-breathing dragons, which garnered millions of views and praise from diehard fans for being the best depiction of Middle Earth since the original LOTR trilogy. The full interactive 8-minute film can be played at www.shadowofwar.com
Neil is also developing feature projects with his brother and writer, Philip Huxley who has penned some of the biggest AAA video game titles of the last several years including Batman: Arkham Knight.
Chaos Group Podcast
Befores&Afters: What I’ve learnt as a filmmaker: frank advice from Neil Huxley
Gnomon Event: Shadow Of War BTS Livestream
Adstasher: Acclaimed Director Neil Huxley Joins Ruffian, Releases Interactive Cinematic Film for Middle-earth: Shadow of War
The Verge: Middle-Earth: Shadow of War’s new live-action trailer looks almost as good as the movies
Undefeated Presents the CourtVision Virtual Reality Experience for its NikeLab Dunk launch
Fox Sports Revolution will be televised: How the Rousey-Holm promo was built from script to screen
UFC193 ‘Revolution’ making of
Adweek: Ad of the Day
Shots magazine UFC feature
Shots magazine director spotlight
Castaway at ACMI
Art of VFX
Recent Speaking Events
ENCUENTRO NÚCLEO - EDICIÓN 2020
ACMI Behind the Screens
GNOMON EVENT: SHADOW OF WAR LIVESTREAM 2017
FITC CAMP 2015
AGIDEAS MELBOURNE 2015
GNOMON HEADSPACE 2014
SAGA/AXIS BRAZIL 2011, 2012, 2013