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VFX Vets Launch Gradient Effects

Gradient Effects, a new visual effects studio with international expertise specializing in feature work, has set up shop in Venice, California, founded by vfx supervisor/producer Thomas Tannenberger. He will be joined by Olcun Tan as head of R&D, a former lead effects developer at DreamWorks.

"At Gradient Effects, we have a unique skill set that spans the visual effects industry," said Tannenberger. "We understand the unique challenges of post production and are committed to delivering the best digital effects in the business. Our new roles will allow us to use our combined experience and produce some of our most dynamic visual effects work yet."

Tannenberger started as an editor and compositing artist for several major post-production houses before he became a co-founder of one of Europe's leading post-production facilities, Das Werk. Specializing in feature film, he worked as a vfx supervisor and producer on RUN LOLA RUN, PRINCESS AND WARRIOR, ENEMY AT THE GATES, THE MUSKETEER, THE PIANIST, as well as upcoming films SOUTHLAND TALES, BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE. Tannenberger is a seasoned visual effects artist with more than 20 producer credits.

Tan is a digital effects artist and software developer for customized visual effects solutions. He has worked primarily in lead positions on major international feature film projects, including OVER THE HEDGE, BLACK HAWK DOWN, HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE, HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, SHARK TALE, LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER, THE PATRIOT, ENEMY AT THE GATES, THE THIRTEENTH FLOOR, as well as SOUTHLAND TALES and FLUSHED AWAY.

"I joined Thomas to demonstrate our creative vfx talents as a team and to continue to work with groundbreaking artists through Gradient Effects," said Tan. "We strive to help our customers realize their creative vision on screen through our state-of-the-art technology."

Gradient Effects is currently working on a number of feature films, including SOUTHLAND TALES and BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE.

Located in Venice, California, Gradient Effects ( is a visual effects company specializing in domestic and international vfx features.