Hilmar Koch

Hilmar Koch

Virtual Production

ILM: San Francisco

Hilmar Koch joined Industrial Light & Magic in 1998 as a Senior Technical Director. He holds an undergraduate degree in Arts from Columbia College Chicago and in Mathematics from the Technical University in Munich. Prior to joining ILM, he was a Digital Effects Supervisor for Blue Sky Studios in New York and worked on the Academy Award-winning short, Bunny.

As Director of Virtual Production, Koch guides advances in capture-technology and digital tools from ILM’s global studios to further filmmaking and content creation — from ideation to finished experience. He also collaborates with Walt Disney Imagineering, Disney Research, and other studios in the Walt Disney organization. Leaning even further forward, Koch is a connector in the realm of new media, real-time technology, immersive and linear experiences, and leverages mobile and apps in the creative process.


In 2010, Koch was co-recipient of an Academy Award® for Scientific and Technical Achievement for developing Ambient Occlusion, first used on Pearl Harbor in 2000.