Nigel Sumner


Two-time BAFTA Award-nominee, Nigel Sumner, guides ILM Singapore and Sydney’s creative efforts as Creative Director and Visual Effects Supervisor, overseeing a multitude of projects including features and episodic series as well as interactive entertainment. Prior to his role as Creative Director, Sumner served as Visual Effects Supervisor on the animated film Strange Magic, Duncan Jones’ video game-based epic, Warcraft, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

His contributions to Guillermo del Toro’s science fiction epic feature Pacific Rim earned him a BAFTA nomination and an HPA Award for Outstanding Visual Effects. In 2017, Sumner received a second BAFTA nomination for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

He joined Industrial Light & Magic in 1999 as a Technical Director for the commercials division and in 2000 transferred to the company’s feature film division. Since 2007, Sumner has been responsible for leading a global team of digital artists, spearheading a collaborative effort with other ILM studios on numerous productions.

Sumner holds a master’s degree in Computer Animation from Bournemouth University, located in Dorset, England, where he also taught animation techniques, software, and programming languages.