Mik Wells joins Imagineer as Head of Engineering, bringing over a decade of senior software engineering management, 2D and 3D compositing expertise.
GUILDFORD, UK -- Imagineer Systems announced that it has expanded its management team with the addition of Mik Wells as its new Head of Engineering. With over fifteen years of experience in the high-end film and video software industry at companies including Avid Technology and Softimage, Wells brings significant expertise in 3D, compositing, effects and editing real-time 3D simulation and training software to Imagineer Systems.
“This is an exciting time to join the team. Imagineer Systems has done some truly amazing things with Planar Tracking and the mocha family, and I’m looking forward to exploring even more opportunities to take this innovative technology into new territories and solve more workflow problems for VFX artists,” Wells said. “Being a part of this team is wonderful opportunity for me to stay well connected with the film and video industry that I know and love.”
As a result of his experience with Softimage and Avid, Wells brings a solid understanding of the complexities of color science, color management systems, 2D and 3D compositing, rendering, and broadcast standards. He is also well acquainted with the processes of post-production and digital film making. During his time at Softimage, Wells played a major technical and supervisory role in achieving seamless integration of an OpenGL based 3D-DVE/Titling application into Avid|DS Nitris. Prior to that, during his time at Avid Technology/Parallax in London, Wells was a Senior Engineer on Media Illusion, a resolution-independent composting, effects, paint and editing software for the high-end film and video industry.
Wells was also the Product Architect for Jester, a digital ink and paint system with integrated effects and compositing. As part of his role with Avid Technology as a graphics card expert, Wells also actively participated on standards specification committees (OpenGL ES and OpenGL).
Wells has also worked as an independent consultant for Chameleon, an on-set pre-visualization product for real-time chroma keying and compositing of live-action footage in to a virtual scene. In his new role at Imagineer Systems, Wells will lead the software engineering teams in new technologies and continued development of the mocha product line.
“Since mocha has been widely adopted into more complex film and visual effects workflows, Imagineer is investing in our engineering team and continued development of customer requested features such as Python scripting, native Stereo support and more,” added Ross Shain, Imagineer’s chief marketing officer. “We are very excited to have an engineering manager with Mik’s level of expertise and deep industry history as part of the team.”
Source: Imagineer Systems
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.