Visual effects supervisor Nick Davis (‘The One and Only Ivan’) on creating Ivan, the ‘beautiful, soulful, strong, passionate’ star of the show [Exclusive Video Interview]

Visual effects supervisor Nick Davis (‘The One and Only Ivan’) on creating Ivan, the ‘beautiful, soulful, strong, passionate’ star of the show [Exclusive Video Interview]
“Ivan is a beautiful, soulful, strong, passionate character. He had to carry the whole movie,” declares Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Nick Davis on the main attraction in the Disney live action family drama “The One and Only Ivan.”

“A lot of the work is just right here,” he says while framing his hands around his face, “looking into his eyes and the expression and emotion and all the feelings that he had to convey to the audience.” Davis is back at the Oscars with his second nomination (after his first for “The Dark Knight” in 2009), alongside his colleagues Greg Fisher, Ben Jones and Santiago Colomo Martinez. Watch our exclusive video interview with Davis above.

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In “The One and Only Ivan,” a gorilla named Ivan tries to piece together his past with the help of an elephant named Ruby as they hatch a plan to escape from captivity.
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