Maxx Burman is a Los Angeles based Matte Painter and Art Director working in film, television, video games, commercials, and design.
Maxx started his career at 18, at Zoic studios, where he apprenticed under matte painting legend, Syd Dutton. Since then, Maxx as worked on over 150 projects with studios such as Digital Domain, MPC, Sony Imageworks, Psyop, Blur, The Mill and 20+ others. In 2011, his project Portal: No Escape gained viral fame and launched the directorial career of Dan Trachtenberg, who went on to direct 10 Cloverfield Lane with JJ Abrams and Bad Robot. In 2014, he vfx supervised the short film Polis, directed by Steven Ilous, which was the grand prize winner of Break Media’s Prototype competition and is now with New Regency - to be produced by David Fincher.
Maxx’s matte paintings have been featured in the films such as Godzilla, Iron Man 3 and Her and in shows including Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and House of Cards. His video game credits include Call of Duty, League of Legends, and Dark Souls and commercial clients include Nike, Lexus, T-Mobile, and Samsung.
Maxx founded the visual effects boutique Skyward VFX in 2014. The studio quickly gained a reputation for executing high-concept cinematic work. Projects completed in Skyward’s first year included cinematics for E3, superbowl commercials, and a VES winning episode of Game of Thrones. One of Skyward's projects was Far Cry Primal, where Maxx had the opportunity to work with designer, director, and visionary - Patrick Clair. Maxx later joined Elastic as Clair’s art director, where he lead teams behind title sequences such as Hbo's Westworld and Netflix's The Crown.
Maxx is currently focusing his time on his own projects, Sleep Tight, a video game set to release this year, and his first solo art show, Disconnect. He also takes on freelance matte painting and design projects that are too exciting to pass up.