ZAI ORTIZ
DIRECTOR . CREATIVE . FUTURIST
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INFO

 

Biographical

 photo by: Brooke Olimpieri

photo by: Brooke Olimpieri

Zai Ortiz is a Hollywood creative director, 3D visionary, and now the President and Chief Creative Officer of X2 Games. His partnership with Nolan Bushnell follows his success with DarkMatter, a design and visual communication studio. A few of DarkMatter’s recent projects and clients include Bethesda’s massively popular game The Elder Scrolls - Legends, Hasbro, Warner Bros and Radical Studios.


Perhaps Ortiz’s most famous and recognizable work is his creation of the J.A.R.V.I.S. system holograms in Marvel’s Iron Man. The stylized hologram and accompanying UI have since become a visual hallmark of Marvel movies, and heavily influenced the designers of the next generation of UI.

Ortiz apprenticed directly with the developers of Alias Wavefront, the makers of Maya - Hollywood’s most widely used 3D modeling and animation suite. Zai’s ability to bridge artistic storytelling with technical innovations has defined his career. He has supervised teams of 50+ artists to deliver stunning visuals for films such as TRON: Legacy, Mission: Impossible, Thor, The Twilight Saga, and Sherlock Holmes. His work has exhilarated billions of viewers and has inspired a new generation of artists.

Ortiz’s creative virtuosity coupled with Nolan’s game mastery promises to give gamers around the world a cinematic experience unlike anything they’ve seen before. “We’re not here to just make games,” Ortiz says of the new company. “We’re here to envision the future - from both a visual and technological standpoint - and pave the way for others to follow.”

 

Clients

Hasbro / Marvel / Disney / Lionsgate / Allspark Pictures / DC Entertainment / Radical Studios / Rat Pac Studios / Universal Studios / 2DUX² / Open Road Films / Warner Bros. / Focus Features / Red Wagon Entertainment / Paramount Studios / Bethesda Softworks / ABC Television / Science Channel / NBC Televison / Syfy Channel / Universal Audio / Facebook / Target / AT&T / American Express / British Columbia Power / Intuitive Surgical / BBDO / Tribal DDB / Juice Worldwide / GSW

 

Recongition

Muse Awards 2017 Rose Gold Motion Graphics/ Muse Awards 2016 Gold Motion Graphics / AppliedArts Interactive Award Education-Hydro to Home / AppliedArts Interactive Award Gaming-Best Buy / FWA Mobile Website Award PowerPointers / FWA Website Award Hydro to Home / 9 Behance Network Featured Projects / 6 Motionographer Project Recognitions & Cream Individuals / 3 Type Directors Club Honorable Mentions / Publication Communication Arts Magazine / Book Flip 8 MOVIEW: I,Robot Title Sequence / Book Uncredited: I,Robot Title Sequence