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Zoic Adds Flame Artist Toby Brockhurst

Veteran Flame artist Toby Brockhurst has worked on effects-driven spots for major brands such as Kia, Guinness, Volvo, EA Sports and BMW.

Los Angeles -- Culver City-headquartered visual effects house Zoic Studios has added veteran Flame artist Toby Brockhurst. With over two decades of experience in VFX, he has worked on effects-driven spots for major brands such as Kia, Guinness, Volvo, EA Sports and BMW, and worked for top shops including MPC, Framestore, The Mill and Method Studios. He has also amplified the visuals on music videos for the likes of Tori Amos, Air, Annie Lenox, George Michael, Jamiroquai and Missy Elliot, and feature films such as Transformers 3D, Pearl Harbor, Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Harry Potter and The Big Lebowski.

“Toby is a great addition to the Zoic Commercial division,” notes Zoic executive creative director/partner Chris Jones. “He’s the perfect mix of artist, technician and the guy you want by your side on set and in the bay. We’re incredibly lucky to have him on board.”

After spending his youth as a shepherd on his family’s dairy farm in Wiltshire, England, Brockhurst earned a degree in architecture and officially traded in his crook in for a computer when he interned at VTR London. He spent nights and weekends learning the Qualtel Paintbox, then Harry, and quickly moved up as an artist, eventually jumping on Flame in 1995.

Brockhurst spent a number of years bouncing between London and the U.S., directing, VFX supervising, and, of course, working on Flame -- perhaps most notably on Jamiroquai’s “Supersonic” music video, for which the groundbreaking Milo camera and Cyclops motion control rig software was developed. He eventually succumbed to the need for vitamin D and has resided permanently in Los Angeles since 2011.

Recent work out of Zoic includes spots for Jeep, Samsung, and Sony PlayStation.

Source: Zoic Studios

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.

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