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CafeFX Gets Busy in '09, Expands Art Department

VFX facility CafeFX has announced their 2009 visual effects production slate. CafeFX has been awarded work on films from directors like Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann, Stephen Sommers and Brad Silberling, as well as a major theme park attraction.

To meet the creative needs of a production pipeline in high gear and to provide accessibility and convenience for its Westside clients, CafeFX has expanded its art department to the fourth floor of the building it shares with The Syndicate, its Santa Monica-based sister company.

The expanded art department will create concept art and visual development of effects sequences, digital environments and CG characters. Art director Alp Altiner, whose credits include SPEED RACER, 300, SUPERMAN RETURNS, GARFIELD: A TALE OF TWO KITTIES, X-MEN: THE LAST STAND and POSEIDON, will head the department.

The CafeFX 2009 production slate, in chronological order by release date:

-- DRAGONBALLTwentieth Century Fox, directed by James Wong, release date April 8, 2009

-- NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIANTwentieth Century Fox, directed by Shawn Levy, release date May 22, 2009

-- LAND OF THE LOSTUniversal Pictures, directed by Brad Silberling, release date June 5, 2009

-- PUBLIC ENEMIESUniversal Pictures, director Michael Mann, release date July 1, 2009

-- G.I. JOE: RISE OF THE COBRAParamount Pictures, director Stephen Sommers, release date August 7, 2009

-- FINAL DESTINATION 4: 3DNew Line Cinema, director David R. Ellis, release date August 21, 2009

-- WHITEOUTWarner Bros., directed by Dominic Sena, release date September 11, 2009

-- SHUTTER ISLANDParamount Pictures, director Martin Scorsese, release date October 2, 2009

A major project underway at CafeFX for the past year is an attraction for "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter," the world's first fully immersive Harry Potter-themed environment slated to open at Universal Orlando theme park in 2010.

CafeFX was also the sole provider of visual effects for SEVEN POUNDS, a Sony Pictures film starring Will Smith, which opens on December 19, 2008.

In 2008, CafeFX's team of artists won an Emmy Award for their visual effects work on HBO's JOHN ADAMS miniseries and also created visual effects for THE BATTLE OF RED CLIFF, THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR, IRON MAN, SPEED RACER, STREET KINGS, THE HAPPENING and NIM'S ISLAND.