Our Origin Story
A summer afternoon at the Firehouse
Chris and Dan probably should have been sitting in the dark and churning out VFX shots on that breezy summer afternoon, crunched as they were by another brutal deadline. But it was that very pressure that made the siren's song of martinis, served al fresco at the dangerously work-adjacent Firehouse bar & grill so damned irresistible. They were debating movies in their usual fashion; excited, loud, and a bit too tipsy for the hour -- when up the sidewalk came a..well, let's call him a more professionally inebriated gentleman, who stopped dead in his tracks and began to stare.
Now sure, Nichols and Thron are a couple of tall fellas. But the latter in particular has a more Hagrid-ish dimension to him, and for this visitor, seeing the combination of Dan's width, wild hair, and explosive beard with his gently tapered, upsettingly elfin hands - cradling a chilled cocktail glass, no less - was simply too much to comprehend.
"Jesus," he yelled. "You're like a...giant! Some sort of goddamned martini-giant!"
They all laughed. And then Dan crushed him and ate his bones.
Our first episodes on the CG Garage Podcast
Martini Giant was first aired as a guest-episode of Chaos Group's hugely successful VFX Industry podcast CG Garage, created and hosted by Nichols, and soon grew to a popular string of episodes that covered a wide range of VFX-based blockbusters and franchises. By the time the show was having guests like Chaos' David Tracy and Ironklad Studios' founder Justin Goby Fields (for a zesty two-part, five-hour throwdown on The Last Jedi that you can listen to here), it started to become clear that MG needed even more room to grow, and when friend, artist, and co-filmmaker Erick Schiele joined the mix, the chemistry was obvious, and they knew it was time to leave the nest.*
We want to thank the amazing Lon Grohs for being our creative shepherd, as well as V-Ray founders Vlado Koylazov and Peter Mitev for their endless support and friendship from even before MG's existence - and finally, tremendous thanks to the fans that have followed us so far. We can't wait to read your comments in the new year, especially the really saucy ones you shouldn't hit send on, but damn it, can't resist.
*And you thought we only mixed drinks - nope, metaphors are clearly on the happy hour list as well. Also, try the charcuterie. That prosciutto? Absolute dynamite