Mitch Gates is a visual effects artist with over 25 years of film and television experience. Some of his feature credits include Avatar, Blade Trinity, Slither, Clash of the Titans and Alien3. Hailing originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Mitch’s fascination with monsters began at a young age and he was soon creating stop-motion creatures using his trusty Bolex Super-8 camera. By his late teens he had been bitten by the special effects makeup bug and later enrolled in Dick Smith’s Advanced Professional Makeup Course. During the 1990s he made the transition from practical to digital FX but never lost his love for monsters and makeup.
Mitch moved to Los Angeles in 2001 and has since worked at several leading VFX studios such as Frantic Films, Prime Focus, Encore Hollywood and Digital Dimension. He joined FuseFX in 2013 and has since served as computer graphics supervisor on various projects including FX’s American Horror Story, WGN’s Salem, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Mitch has been nominated for 2 Visual Effects Society and 3 Emmy Awards, including 1 Emmy win in 2006 for the Super Bowl XXXIX opening graphics.