New VFX House Opens
Strega Imaging, a new visual FX and motion graphics design company, has opened its doors in Universal City, California. Partners and co-creative directors Colin Cheer and Michael Jackson gained their industry experience from their previous work on an eclectic array of projects. Cheer, an illustrator and designer, was involved in the early days of the desktop publishing revolution, and in 1997 he was recruited to head the 3D effects team at 525 Studios, working on effects for the series THE OUTER LIMITS along with other film and video projects. Michael Jackson began his career working at a game company in San Diego, California and later moved to Los Angeles to work for Dreamquest Images, creating special effects for films such as FLUBBER and ARMAGEDDON. After a freelancing stint, Jackson went to ILM where he worked on films like PLANET OF THE APES and STAR WARS: EPISODE II. Since opening their doors, Strega has already completed various projects including a FANTASIA-style motion collage that accompanied a live orchestra conducted by composer John Williams, at the re-release premiere of E.T. and several 3D-animated teasers for THE POWERPUFF GIRLS movie.