Tom McLean talks to noted vfx supervisors Eric Brevig, Dean Wright, Stefen Fangmeier, Colin Strause and Rpin Suwannath to find out how they made the leap to directing features.
Cuppa Coffee Studios is welcoming series producer Christine Davis back to the fold. Davis returns to the Toronto-based studio after a brief hiatus and will be producing a second season of Cuppa Coffee's award-winning series RICK & STEVE: THE HAPPIEST GAY COUPLE IN ALL THE WORLD for MTV sister channel LOGO.
VFX software provider GenArts has hired former Massive, Inc. COO and Co-Founder Katherine Hays as the new CEO.
Hays helped found and establish Massive, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2006, as one of the industry's first and most innovative dynamic in-game advertising companies. As CEO, Hays will play a critical role in strengthening GenArts' technological leadership position, expanding its share of the high-growth video content creation market and providing digital artists with the solutions they need to reach audiences with even higher quality aesthetic content.
From Bakshi and Disney to Riddick and beyond, the cutting-edge animator continues to do things his own way.
Prime Focus Group and Frantic Films announced that Michael L. Fink has been appointed President, Visual Effects Worldwide and will be operating out of the Frantic Films VFX facility located in Hollywood, California.
In his new role, Fink will be serving as Senior VFX Supervisor for projects awarded to Frantic Films VFX, and will be overseeing the integration of visual effects production for all of the Prime Focus Group VFX facilities across North America, India and the U.K., including London-based vfx facility Machine.
In response to a vfx-heavy forecast of commercial spots coming down the pipeline, Topix recently expanded their vfx capabilities by adding the creative and technical talents of two veteran artists: VFX Supervisor and Flame Artist Rob Del Ciancio and Digital Matte Artist and Designer Andrew Nguyen.
Del Ciancio comes from Topix's feature film sister company, Mr. X, Inc., while Nguyen has worked as a matte painter and compositor at Rocket Science and Mr. X over the past few years.
Eight incumbents have been reelected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Board of Governors, along with six other filmmakers who will return to the board after a time away.
The sole first-time governor elected is Annette Bening, representing the Actors Branch. All will serve three-year terms.
Returning to the board after a hiatus are Jeffrey Kurland, Art Directors; Martha Coolidge, Directors; Arthur Hamilton, Music; Don Hall, Sound; and Phil Robinson, Writers.
Calon, the Cardiff-based animation company, has brought in award-winning animation graduate Tom Brown to work on its latest project a campaign film for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Brown and Calon have been working with the EHRC-funded Croeso campaign on the 40-second film YOUR CHOICE, which tackles bullying, bigotry and prejudice in the schoolyard.
Joe Strike talks to the Pixar artist about cars, Cars and the creation of the robotic couple of the year.
Phoenix Editorial & Designs announced that Julia Sonder-Patchin and Zara Finlay have come on board as senior producer and producer, respectively. Combined, they have more than 30 years experience working in design, visual effects and production. Also joining the company are Associate Producer Lindsay London and Assistant Editor/IT Manager Russ Miller.
Sony Pictures Ent. has promoted Valerie Van Galder and Marc Weinstock to co-presidents of Worldwide Theatrical Marketing, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution for the studio, to whom the two will report.
Van Galder and Weinstock will collectively develop and oversee worldwide marketing campaigns for all films released by Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Animation.
Teletoon Canada has appointed Caroline Soucy to the position of Director Teletoon Interactive. Soucy will lead Teletoon interactive and web development projects and supervise all aspects of the award-winning website teletoon.com, the recent winner of the Promax/BDA Silver Award for Consumer Website.
London-based boutique animation studio Not To Scale have signed London-based directing duo "Vincent" for worldwide commercials and music video representation. The duo who formed Vincent in 2007, John Hill and Rheea Aranha, made a very busy start with projects including last year's BBC2 Christmas campaign and BBC2's iconic "Thursdays are Funny."
Jacqueline Jourdain Hayes has been named SVP Business and Legal Affairs, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, it was announced by Clarissa Weirick, General Counsel, WBDD.
Marketing veteran Michael Delman has been named corporate VP of global marketing for the Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) in the Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft.
Delman, who currently serves as the corporate vice president of the Global Marketing Communications Group at Microsoft, will be assuming his role with IEB starting in August.
mental images, a producer of rendering software and visualization tools, has appointed Randy Ochs as VP of Business Development and Sales for North America. He will also join the company's executive team.
Academy Award-winning Visual Effects Supervisor Mark Lasoff has joined Pacific Title & Art Studio's Visual Effects division, it was announced today by Ladd Lanford, Vice President and General Manager of Pacific Title.
Lasoff, who garnered an Oscar for Achievement in Visual Effects for his work as Digital Domain's Digital Effects Supervisor on TITANIC, will report to Crystal Dowd, Pacific Title's Executive Producer of Visual Effects.
Robert Oswaks has been promoted to president, marketing for Sony Pictures Television (SPT). This was announced by Steve Mosko, president, SPT, to whom he reports. In this position Oswaks directs the development and strategic implementation of advertising, marketing, promotion and the media and client relations efforts for network, syndication and cable and new media programming, as well as corporate brand marketing activities.
VFX studio Animal has signed directors Danny Yourd and Steve Hoover for worldwide commercial representation.
Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products (NVCP), a division of MTV Networks, announced newly developed senior management roles and responsibilities that reflect the division's rapid global expansion.
The newly re-aligned team will provide strategic focus on maximizing the position of MTVN's leading portfolio of brands in key markets, customized consumer product offerings and continued global expansion. The announcement was made by Leigh Anne Brodsky, President, Nickelodeon Viacom Consumer Products, to whom the team reports.
Gustavo Antonioni has announced the first appointments in his management team prior to joining ITV's Global arm as Commercial Brands Director on July 14, 2008.
Antonioni will report to Peter Iacono, President and Managing Director ITV Worldwide, with a dotted line to David Pemsel, Group Marketing Director, ITV. He will be responsible for driving the global marketing and licensing strategy for ITV's key commercial brands, working closely with ITV plc's marketing team.
Joe Pavlo, the 2005 Emmy winner for vfx supervision on BBC/HBO production ROME, joins Men-from-Mars as Senior VFX Supervisor/Head of 2D.
Pavlo's other award winning vfx supervision credits include; THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PETER SELLARS for which he won the 2004 Emmy for Best VFX and BAND OF BROTHERS (Emmy nominated in 2002 as assistant vfx supervisor).
Digital animation and vfx house Pendulum Studios has added Colin Hodges as its Director of Performance Technology. Hodges will be directly involved with the studio's 3D animation productions as well as managing its software development team, which includes the ongoing evolution of their award winning facial performance technology, AlterEgo.
rhinofx recently signed VFX Supervisor/Artist Jim Rider to reinforce their growing feature film division. With considerable experience across the entire realm of effects projects, Rider's talents include motion control, Flame, compositing, and animation.
Motion graphics design studio Fish Eggs (www.fisheggs.tv) has added Tom Neston to its design group as Senior Designer at Large.
Neston comes to Fish Eggs after almost five years as lead designer and animator at Fox Sports. He brings with him a wide range of design disciplines and production experience as well as an impressive list of awards and accomplishments, including four Gold, two Silver and three Bronze Promax/BDA awards.