Santa Monica, CA -- Toby Brockhurst has joined Chemical Effects  as Head of 2D. Originally hailing from London, Brockhurst has spent the last two and a half years at Method Studios working as a VFX Supervisor and Flame Artist. Before joining Method Studios, Brockhurst spent a combined 13 years as Senior Flame Artist/VFX Supervisor at The Mill, MPC, Glassworks and Framestore in London and New York, working with noted directors Tarsem, Gerard De Thame, Michel Gondry and Howard Greenhalgh. Brockhurst has garnered international recognition with multiple BTAA Gold, Silver, Bronze awards, and a Cannes Bronze Lion.
Brockhurst is excited to head up the 2D department at Chemical Effects, a boutique visual effects house. He explains, “After meeting the entire Chemical Effects family I realized this could be an incredible opportunity to work with such a dedicated and creative team.”
“When recruiting talent, I’ve always looked to the UK,” (President) Sandy Beladino explains. “I find that British visual effects artists have an amazing sense of creativity, craftsmanship and passion.” Andrea Bygrave, General Manager notes “The visual effects intensive projects we’ve been working on over the past 3 years have been steadily increasing and the only way for us to accommodate these escalating project demands was to increase the depth of our talent pool.” Sandy adds “(In house Creative Directors) Nick Piper and Tony Smoller’s ability to recognize and assess an artist’s creative and technical skills was crucial in the decision to go after Toby.”
Chemical Effects is a visual effects boutique offering CGI/3D design and animation, on set shoot supervision, motion graphics, character animation, offline, online, and compositing services to the advertising industry. Principal talent is Toby Brockhurst, Head of 2D/Flame Artist, Shauna Prescott, Flame artist, Matthew Stevens, Head of 3D and in house Creative Directors Nick Piper and Tony Smoller.
Source: Chemical Effects