Fresh from Game of Thrones
An Emmy award winner known for his work on TV show Game of Thrones is the newest member of a Wellington-based tech start-up.
Rainer Gombos, visual effects supervisor for numerous Hollywood blockbusters and TV shows, has taken up a position at virtual reality firm 8i.
The company was founded this year, and uses Oculus Rift – a virtual reality headset designed for 3D gaming – to explore the possibilities of virtual reality.
It recently received $1 million in seed funding from private investors, and has increased its staff from four to 17.
Gombos is the company’s executive creative director.
‘‘This technology is one of the biggest steps in communication and storytelling since the invention of film,’’ he said.
‘‘I’m thrilled to be joining 8i’s team to develop what is clearly the future of content viewing.’’
Gombos, originally from Germany, received an Emmy award in 2012 for his work on Game of Thrones, and has been nominated for another for his work on TV show Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.
The technology 8i is developing is called Holographic Virtual Reality.
Through the Oculus Rift, it will give users a 360-degree view of content they watch, effectively placing the viewer into the action.
8i chief executive officer Linc Gasking said the company was excited to have ‘‘one of the world’s most sought after visual effects supervisors’’ on its team.
‘‘Rainer is a fantastic complement to 8i’s creative team and its vision of creating extraordinary experiences for our clients,’’ he said.
The appointment is a boost for the Wellington tech community, which has grown out of Weta’s prominence within the film industry.
8i’s four co-founders set up shop in Wellington because of the quality of technology development in the city.
‘‘Wellington is perfect place for us, with so many world leaders in visual effects and digital media here,’’ Gasking said.