Head of Pipeline
Benoit Leveau is Head of Pipeline at Academy and BAFTA award winning Milk. Benoit joined Milk in August 2013 and oversees all aspects of the studio’s pipeline. Milk creates visual effects for both high end TV and feature films such as Adrift, Annihilation, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Altered Carbon (Netflix), Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (Warner Bros.) and Origin (YouTube Premium), Altered Carbon (Netflix), Sherlock (BBC/Hartswood).
Benoit was instrumental in creating a groundbreaking Cloud rendering solution to process almost 80 million frames in just 10 weeks. This enabled Milk to create large-scale CG dinosaurs and their environment for UK special venue theatrical project ‘Dinosaurs In the Wild’. Since then he has overseen the upgrade of Milk’s pipeline to a completely cloud-based rendering solution, which was used on feature film Adrift and YouTube’s new sci-fi thriller Origin.
Benoit’s work was recognised at Autodesk’s Shotgun Pipeline Awards, held at Siggraph in 2015 for the creation of a ‘Smart publishing tool’ for Shotgun.
Before joining Milk, Benoit was 3D Pipeline Lead Developer at Prime Focus for three years. He worked on the launch of Prime Focus Film London, helping to design and build the VFX pipeline from scratch as well as the 3D tools and libraries required by productions including Dredd 3D, Mirror, Mirror, Total Recall, The Great Gatsby, and White House Down. During his time at Prime Focus Benoit also set up the company’s VFX pipelines, in both Vancouver, Canada and Mumbai, India.
Prior to this Benoit spent a year as Software Engineer at MPC, London where he coordinated the migration of the entire MPC software stack (300+ projects) to a new linux architecture/Maya version/Python version. Following an internship at Sony’s R&D facility in Tokyo, Benoit began his visual effects career as a C++ Developer at Paris-based software company e-on software, where he spent five years overseeing their Vue xStream product - an integration plugin for 3ds Max, Cinema4D, LightWave, Maya and XSI.
Benoit hails from the Champagne region of France and is a graduate of Télécom ParisTech, one of France’s leading engineering schools, where he specialised in Image Synthesis, Digital Television and Image Processing.