Rhythm & Hues alumni Thom Burkhart is named Senior Producer at Steele Studios.
Santa Monica, CA –
Post production and VFX company Steele Studios has named Thom Burkhart as the company’s new Senior Producer. Most recently, Burkhart had been Head of Digital Post Production for Rhythm & Hues for 14 years.
"I’m thrilled to be at Steele Studios,” said Burkhart. “I’m most excited about spreading the word how they have streamlined the entire post pipeline using their Quantel Pablos. Jerry Steele has figured out how to use the Pablo to its fullest potential. And the potential is huge. This means saving clients substantial time and money on post, and also opening up more opportunities to take creativity to its fullest capability. When I saw what Steele Studios was up to, I was blown away and I wanted to be a part of it."
Prior to joining Steele Studios, Thom Burkhart had been the Head of Digital Post Production with Rhythm & Hues Studios for 14 years, until that company shuttered its post division in late 2012. During that time, he upgraded the department to a full HD post facility, and shepherded the post production services for many high profile commercials, feature films, and theme park ride films. In conjunction with those projects, he worked in tandem with such major directors as Ron Howard, Jake Scott, Peter Berg, Harold Ramis, Steve Beck, Charlie Watson, Clark Anderson, Michael Patterson, Jay Vigon, Randy Roberts, and with VFX supervisors Bill Westenhofer, Doug Smith, John Heller, Todd Shifflett, Richard Hollander, and Steve Beck, to name just some.
Among the hit feature films on which Burkhart worked during his tenure with Rhythm & Hues were: Life of Pi, The A-Team, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Fast and Furious 3 & 4, X-Men, Night at the Museum 1 & 2, Moneyball, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, among many more. He also worked on the ride experience films F-27 and F-26 for Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. His commercial projects with Rhythm & Hues included spots for Budweiser, Coca-Cola, GMC, Mazda, Dodge Neon, Geico, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Sears, Honda, and Toyota, among others.
Before R & H, Burkhart was with View Studios, where he worked on such episodic series as “The X-Files,” “Sliders,” and “The Outer Limits,” and on many commercials and films, including a Honda commercial directed by David Lynch, and the film The End of Violence for director Wim Wenders. He also worked on feature title sequences and broadcast design packages for other projects.
Burkhart began his career in live production with a company called Performance Video, supplying large-scale video screens and equipment to The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Ozzy Osbourne, Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, and many other top performers. While working with Tell-A-Vision Post, he edited trailers and episodic promos for a variety of TV shows.
Source: Steele Studios
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.