Jeff Unay

Director, Producer & Cinematographer

Soon after graduation from Full Sail’s Computer Animation program, Jeff landed an artist position with Raven Software working on the Quake franchise. He later transitioned into visual effects for film where he worked as a character modeler at Tippett Studio and then as a lead modeler at Weta Digital in New Zealand.

At Weta, Jeff worked on two Academy Award-winning visual effects films: King Kong (2005) and Avatar (2009). Jeff’s groundbreaking work creating the faces for the digital leading characters for Avatar led him to win a Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Live Action Character in a Motion Picture.

In 2010, Jeff began working full-time as a director and cinematographer in Seattle, WA. He wrote, co-shot and co-edited Valve Corporation’s first feature film, Free to Play (2014), which went on to receive a record-setting 5.5 million views in its opening weekend.

Jeff is currently directing his first independent documentary feature film, Greywater, which will be released in early 2017. The film has already received multiple accolades for an in-progress film including the Tribeca Film Institute/ESPN Prize and the 2015 Points North Best Pitch Award at the Camden International Film Festival.


Greywater, King Kong, Avatar, Quake 4, Free to Play, Weta Digital, Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Live Action Character in a Motion Picture for Avatar

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I feel like when you're really excited and motivated and passionate about something, only then can you create your best work – the work that you feel like you're meant to do.”
—Jeff Unay
Create something that resonates.
2015 Hall of Fame Inductees