Press Release from Frantic Films VFX
Frantic Films VFX, a division of Prime Focus Group, announced it has brought on board award-winning Art Director and Motion Graphics Supervisor Neil Huxley. Huxley's experience working in feature film titles design and motion graphics sequences -- he recently completed the opening title sequence for Zack Snyder's WATCHMEN and was lead art director for motion graphics on Neveldine/Taylor's upcoming movie GAMER -- is already being put to use on a high-profile stereoscopic 3D feature film project currently in the Frantic Films production pipeline.
Said Chris Bond, President & Creative Director, Frantic Films, "I've been loosely following Neil's career for years. In addition to being an immensely talented designer, Neil has a deep knowledge of visual effects and as a live-action filmmaker himself, understands every aspect of the production process. He's passionate, a perfectionist and a natural leader -- qualities I look for in anyone who joins the Frantic team."
Neil Huxley is a native of South London, whose resume highlights include working on the main title designs for the films "Watchmen," "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," and the forthcoming movie "The Wolfman." He comes to Frantic from yU+co, where, as an art director, he oversaw design and animation teams and was responsible for writing treatments, storyboarding, pitching concepts to clients and directing projects through to completion. Before relocating to Hollywood, Huxley was a Flame artist and senior VFX designer at Digital Pictures Iloura in Melbourne, Australia. There, he art directed title sequences, television commercials and broadcast graphics for clients such as Diet Coke, Warner Bros.TV, Target, Universal Pictures, Working Title, Studio Canal and MTV Australia.
Growing up in a family of fine artists -- both his father and brother are painters -- has informed much of Huxley's aesthetic and approach, as he aims to intertwine digital and traditional design techniques into his work. A longtime filmmaker with several short films under his belt, Huxley wrote and is directing a feature-length documentary about East London ex-professional boxer turned actor Jimmy Flint that is being produced with funding from the Australian Film Commission.
"I'm really excited about joining Frantic Films and having the opportunity to work so closely with Chris Bond and Mike Fink, two veterans of the visual effects industry who I really admire," said Neil Huxley, art director, Frantic Films VFX. "I love the conceptual ideas and metaphors of title design -- it's like a short film living within a feature film, with the two narratives deeply connected. So I look forward to leveraging my background in title design to help bring those sorts of projects to Frantic."
About Frantic Films VFXLocated in the three different locations across North America with offices in Winnipeg, Canada, Vancouver, and Los Angeles, Calif., Frantic Films VFX has been operating divisions that provide visual effects for film and television, and VFX software development since 1997. Frantic Films' VFX award-winning visual effects teams have worked on films including WATCHMEN, DRAGONBALL EVOLUTION, RED CLIFF, W., JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH 3D, FANTASTIC FOUR: THE RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER, GRINDHOUSE, SUPERMAN RETURNS, X-MEN 3, POSEIDON and many others. The company's software tools were developed to solve complex production challenges on in-house feature effects projects, and are also in use at many leading 3D animation and effects facilities worldwide. In November of 2007 Frantic Films VFX became a division of international post and VFX leader Prime Focus Group. For more information, visit http://www.franticfilms.com.