Daniel Mccarthy

Senior Lecturer

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

I run the visual effects course at the university. I love invisible effects for film, where you have truly fooled an audience as to the reality of what they are watching. My interests within VFX tend towards the technical e.g. Simulation, pipeline and scripting. I like to approach artistic problems with an analytical mindset and I believe that CG and VFX is an area where art and science truly meet and mesh together beautifully.

Academic qualifications

BSc(Hons) Media Technology
PGC Higher and Professional Education
MSc Advanced Technology


I have a good knowledge and understanding of the VFX production pipeline from shooting footage for VFX, matchmoving, layout, modelling, rigging, look development, scripting, simulation and compositing. My particular focus and interest is in the technical aspects of VFX and CGI in particular on scripting for pipeline management, procedural generation (specifically for environment creation) and simulation.

Research interests

My research interests are related to crowd simulation. In particular the area around ‘tipping points’ in crowd panic and mass evacuation scenarios. This was the topic of my master’s thesis.

Enterprise and commercial interests

Outlining viable, short deadline VFX pipelines and delivering training on Matchmoving to VFX artists



3D Modelling for VFX
Scripting Concepts for VFX
Dynamics and Simulation for VFX
Digital Compositing 2
Senior Visual Effects Project

Top 250 Young University

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020