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Prime Focus Adds Noted Exec Producer Nancy St. John

Prime Focus Film has announced the appointment of Nancy St. John as the Executive Producer for its Vancouver facility.

Press Release from Prime Focus Film

Vancouver - Prime Focus Film has announced the appointment of Nancy St. John as the Executive Producer for its Vancouver facility. Nancy will lead the feature film visual effects team while also working closely with the Prime Focus VFX teams in London and Mumbai.

Nancy was most recently the VFX consultant at Relativity Media and Senior Visual Effects producer on “Limitless” starring Bradley Cooper, “Season of the Witch’ starring Nicolas Cage and the much anticipated ‘Immortals’ directed by Tarsem Singh releasing 11/11/11.

Nancy has also VFX-produced for most of the major studios, including Disney, Dreamworks, Fox, HBO, Paramount, Walden Media, Universal and Warner Bros.

Recognition of her excellence in leadership includes two Academy Awards – for ‘Babe’ (1996) and ‘Gladiator’ (2000) – and an Oscar nomination for ‘I-Robot’ (2004).

Nancy is a highly visible and respected industry figure who, earlier in her career, led teams at major VFX facilities such as ILM, Rhythm & Hues, Robert Abel & Associates and Mill Film.

Having left her native Canada over 27 years ago to pursue a successful career in Hollywood, Nancy is now returning home to lead Prime Focus in Vancouver.

‘When I left Vancouver to seek fame and fortune in Hollywood, I always hoped I would return home one day to support and help grow the VFX community here,’ said Nancy St John, Executive Producer, Prime Focus Film. ‘My aim is to attract my Canadian ‘wild geese’ friends and colleagues back to Canada – those who, like me, went abroad to work. Here at Prime Focus, we are building what I know will be one of the best VFX facilities in the world – and that is certainly something worth coming home for.’

‘We’ve searched for some time to find the right person to help us lead the Vancouver facility and we feel that Nancy is about as right as it gets,’ said Terry Clotiaux, President, Prime Focus International. ‘She is one of the industry’s most respected producers: she has been part of every size and kind of film project required by the industry and has led some of the most successful VFX teams both on the client production and facility sides of the business, including two Oscar-winning efforts for Best Visual Effects. We are extremely proud and excited to welcome her to the Prime Focus global family.’

‘We are working hard to attract the very best talent to our Prime Focus leadership team globally. Nancy’s arrival in Vancouver adds immeasurably to our talent base and to our ability to bring proven, world-class skills and experience to our clients’ projects,’ said Martin Hobbs, Managing Director, Prime Focus Film, Vancouver and London.

‘Vancouver is increasingly important in the VFX and CG world, as evidenced by its inaugural hosting of Siggraph 2011 this week,’ added Namit Malhotra, Founder and Global CEO, Prime Focus. ‘Nancy’s appointment will further raise our profile as a key player in this market and firmly position our Vancouver operation as a core component of the Prime Focus global network VFX offering, working seamlessly with our European and Indian facilities.’

Nancy’s experience will be called upon immediately, as Prime Focus  gears up for a busy end to 2011 – a year which has seen them contribute stunning VFX work to projects such as ‘Immortals’, ‘Final Destination 5’, ‘Tree of Life’, ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’, ‘Sucker Punch’ and ‘TRON: Legacy’.

Beyond this Prime Focus is currently partnering with the filmmakers of ‘Dredd’ providing conceptual, planning, production design and pre-vizualization work in addition to supplying a full slate of stereo VFX services. Prime Focus will also be converting key shots for ‘Dredd’ to stereo 3D using View-D™, Prime Focus’ proprietary 3D conversion process, most recently used to convert ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’, ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’, ‘Green Lantern’ and ‘Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace’.

About Prime Focus FilmPrime Focus Film is a film VFX specialist, with offices in London, Vancouver and Mumbai. We offer an exciting alternative to other VFX companies, challenging the conventions and traditional practices of the industry and promoting a new way of engaging with filmmakers. As a partner in the filmmaking process, Prime Focus Film provides conceptual planning, production design and pre-visualization work in addition to a full slate of stereo VFX services, and 3D conversion using View-D™, our world-leading 3D conversion ;

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