"Well, I wouldn’t have made it through those years without my dear wife and mother to nurse me through. As time went on I got back to work and my first film back at ILM was Pirates of the Caribbean 2 with Susumu Yukuhiro as the Matte Painting Supervisor. I learned a great deal from him and about leading a team and in February of the following year we had both won the VES Award for Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Film for Pirates II! It was the icing on the cake to a fun project and returning from 'doing time' at the hospital."
"Stoski took the next summer off and finished the Gnomon DVDs and when returned in September to start his first Matte Painting Supervisor role at ILM. "ILM was going to allow me to try my hand at leading a crew on 'Pirates III', a huge movie with a large matte painting crew and tons of great shots to work on! From there I went on to Supervise on ‘Lions for Lambs’, ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Star Trek’ (2009 release)."
Chris had 17 Matte Artists on his 'Star Trek' crew at ILM and another five or six over in Singapore with DAG (our Digital Artist Group). It was a huge effects show with matte paintings in a few hundred shots. "I really had a top team on that show," Chris tells. "We completed every type of matte painting or CG environment you can imagine. It was as you can guess, a lot to manage with that many people. I found the time to do a few concepts for the film as always and a few matte paintings but most of my time was spent supervising and I was starting to feel the need for a change after two years of Supervising."
By the end of 'Star Trek', Stoski's matte painting crew had a part in an estimated 350 shots for the film. "All in all you can imagine I had some pretty busy days," says Stoski, "however, I somehow squeezed in some time for concept paintings for a few environments as well as a handful of matte paintings. I also had my first opportunity to work with Alex Jaeger the ILM Art Director on ‘Star Trek’. I learned a great deal from him and watched him through the entire process of designing other things in the show, not just environment related subject matter."