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Animal Logic Group

 

Production

  • Amber Naismith

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    Amber boasts over 15 years production experience in the visual effects and animation industry, launching into production on the cutting edge science fiction/fantasy TV series Farscape Series 2 upon her arrival at Animal Logic in 1999.

    Since then Amber has gone on to work in feature film as a Visual Effects Line Producer on films that included Charlotte Gray, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Garage Days, Ghost Ship and Danny Deckchair. In 2002, Amber was appointed Senior Production Manager on Happy Feet and following a stint at Imagi Animation Studios, Amber returned to Animal Logic serving as Production Manager on Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of  Ga'Hoole. In 2011 Amber produced the short film LEGO® Star Wars: The Padawan Menace and was most recently an Associate Producer on The LEGO® Movie released in February 2014. Amber is currently producing The LEGO® Batman Movie.

  • Ingrid Johnston

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    Ingrid first joined Animal Logic in 2002 and has worked on a variety of feature films in this time. After completing Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby as VFX Producer, she became Associate Producer on The LEGO® Ninjago Movie.

    Earlier film credits include VFX Producer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, VFX Production Manager on Australia, Knowing, and Sucker Punch, Co-Production Manager on Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, VFX Coordinator on 28 Weeks Later, Where the Wild Things Are, Fool's Gold, Production Coordinator on Happy Feet as well as producing a variety of commercials and short projects. In October 2015, Ingrid became Head of Production for the Sydney studio.

  • Jason Bath

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    Jason has a deep and diverse experience in the film industry, having spent his first six years working in the production department of both large and small feature films, including Babe: Pig in The City and Dark City.

    Using these finely honed production skills to cross over into the visual effects world, he co-founded his own VFX Company – FuelVFX - helping to build a reputation for outstanding work with the US studios over 12 years on films such as Charlotte’s Web, Iron Man 2, Bedtime Stories, Captain America: The First Avenger, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Prometheus and The Avengers.

    Today in his role as VFX Executive Producer at Animal Logic, Jason has continued his stellar career path, producing visual effects sequences for films such as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Unbroken, Insurgent and Avengers: Age of Ultron. He is currently working on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Alien: Covenant.

    Jason is also the current co-chair of the Australian Section of the Visual Effects Society (VES).

  • Luke Hetherington

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    As Executive Producer of the VFX division and a Producer across projects in development, Luke works to establish strong external partnerships both locally and around the world, and to internally setup and manage carefully designed teams to best serve the diverse range of work that AL produces. Formerly Luke has been a 3D and VFX Supervisor across film and television projects and has also served as our Head of CG and Head of Production during his 15 years at the company.

    Luke has been involved in the production of projects such as Sucker Punch, Australia, Knowing, 300, Happy Feet, Walking with Dinosaurs 3D and has supervised film and television projects including House of Flying Daggers (for which he was a BAFTA VFX co-nominee), Stealth, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and a number of award winning television commercials. Most recently, Luke served as Executive Producer on the Chen Kaige directed Monk Comes Down the Mountain.

  • Sharon Taylor

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    Sharon Taylor joined Animal Logic in 2005 starting her career working on a number of feature film projects in a production accounting role. In 2011 Sharon became Head of Production Accounting working closely with producers and the studios to ensure their films were delivered to budget and that all internal departments had adequate resources to support the production.

    In 2014, Sharon moved on to become the Group Head of Production, with projects such as The LEGO® Batman Movie, The LEGO® Ninjago Movie and a number of VFX projects all benefitting from her guidance and insight.

    In 2015, Animal Logic expanded its long established animation production relationship with Warner Bros signing a three-picture deal to produce The LEGO® Movie Sequel and two yet to be named animated features out of Canada. With the recent opening of Animal Logic’s Vancouver studio, Sharon moved into the role of Executive Vice President and General Manager managing the overall operations of the studio.  The studio is currently in production on The LEGO® Movie Sequel  due for release in 2019.

    Sharon is a Board Member of DigiBC and the Motion Picture Production Industry Association

  • Zareh Nalbandian

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    After a lifelong passion for photography and extensive experience in film effects and management, Zareh co-founded Animal Logic in 1991 with a vision to build a company where designers, animators and developers could explore the opportunities offered by emerging digital technologies for animation and visual effects. His continued advocacy of new technologies combined with innovative digital production processes underpins Animal Logic's reputation for creative and technical excellence. With Animal Logic now a world-class animation studio and Zareh's proven ability to manage and produce large-scale projects, he has built a respected portfolio of animation, film and television credits.

    Zareh was Executive Producer on the Academy Award winning Happy Feet, the first computer generated animated feature film to be made in Australia. He produced the animated adventure Legend of the Guardians: The Owl's of Ga'Hoole, which was produced in its entirety at AL's studios in Sydney. As an Executive Producer on the recently released Walking with Dinosaurs 3D and The LEGO® Movie, Zareh continues to push the boundaries of digital storytelling.

 

Supervision

  • Aidan Sarsfield

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    Aidan joined Animal Logic's film division in 1999 following a successful career as a freelance industrial designer and in-house product designer for fashion label 'Mambo.' Since that time, Aidan has spent over a decade supervising both film VFX and Animated Features. Following the success of recent productions, his role has expanded to Head of Production Technology.

    His list of credits include various TVC’s, Holy Smoke, 28 Weeks LaterMoulin Rouge!, Matrix: Reloaded, Happy Feet, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole and most recently The LEGO® Movie. As Head of Production Technology, Aidan is currently focused on the ongoing evolution of the Animal Logic VFX and Animation pipelines.

  • Andy Brown

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    Prior to Animal Logic, Andy worked in London designing and compositing visual effects, broadcast idents and commercials. Joining Animal Logic as a senior compositor and VFX Supervisor in 1994, Andy initially headed VFX on TV commercials for directors such as Gore Verbinski and Alex Proyas before moving into supervising and art directing feature VFX. His list of credits include Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! and Australia, Zhang Yimou's Hero and Zack Snyder's, Sucker Punch.

    Andy has been nominated for 2 BAFTA's for his work on Moulin Rouge and House of Flying Daggers which won a 2004 Satellite Award for 'Best Visual Effects'. Andy supervised Animal Logic's slate of 600+ shots on Baz Luhrmann's, The Great Gatsby. Most recently, Andy worked closely with director Chen Kaige on the martial arts epic Monk Comes down the Mountain.

  • Emmanuel Blasset

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    During his early career at Animal Logic, Emmanuel or 'Manu' as he is known, served as a 3D artist on a number of high-end film and television projects, including Farscape for the Sci-Fi Channel; the feature film The Man Who Sued God; and Andy and Larry Wachowski's 2003 hit film The Matrix: Reloaded. Manu then went on to serve as Lead Technical Director and Lighting Sequence Lead for Happy Feet.

    CG Supervisor roles ensued, firstly on Baz Luhrmann's epic feature Australia, followed by Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch, Walking With Dinosaurs 3D and Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Manu has been working on the upcoming The LEGO® Batman Movie and The LEGO® Ninjago Movie animated features.

    Manu has recently relocated to Animal Logic's Vancouver office to assist the crew with production on The LEGO® Movie Sequel. 

  • Kirsty Millar

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    Kirsty Millar's career began in broadcast TV in the 1980's. After gaining further experience working at London post houses such as The Mill and Smoke & Mirrors, in 1997 she returned to her native Sydney to continue working on high-end TV commercials within the Animal Logic compositing team.

    As Animal Logic moved into feature film VFX, so did Kirsty, where her meticulous eye for detail made her a natural fit. As one of the original members of Animal Logic's film crew, she initially composited and sequence supervised on early projects such as Mouse Hunt, Babe: Pig in the City, The Matrix and Moulin Rouge!.

    Since then, Kirsty has gone on to supervise numerous VFX projects from the initial script breakdown & methodology phase, through pre-production, look-development & on-set supervision, to leading a team of artists to final delivery. She's credited as VFX Supervisor on features such as House of Flying Daggers, Animal Logic's stable of sequences for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Zack Snyder's 300 (for which she received a VES nomination for Best Single Visual Effect). Kirsty holds an International Press Academy 'Satellite Award' for Best Visual Effects on House of Flying Daggers (which she shares with Andy Brown) and was nominated for a 2005 BAFTA Award for the same film in the 'Achievement in Special Visual Effects' category. In addition to contributing to The Great Gatsby and The LEGO® Movie as VFX Plate Supervisor, Kirsty's recent credits include Insurgent and Monk Comes down the Mountain.

  • Paul Butterworth

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    Paul Butterworth is one of Australia's most experienced Visual Effects Supervisors. His skills in the visual effects and design world encompass graphic design and illustration, concept development, on-set supervision and the highly-specialised art of matte painting.

    As part of his lead role on Prometheus, Paul was on set during the filming of some key sequences he would work on, using the time alongside Ridley Scott to develop the concept designs of the signature 'Orrery' to Ridley's approval - a design that would eventually grace the cover of Cinefex.

    Equally at home on set with the top directors or in front of a workstation, Paul is able to engender trusting relationships with all the project's stakeholders to develop concepts for characters, futuristic gadgets, ethereal effects and title sequences.  His artistic contributions and guidance have proven valuable for all films that have passed through his hands and that of his trusted teams.

    Paul's feature film credits include Iron Man 3, Thor, X-Men Origins, The Painted Veil, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Paul is currently working on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Alien: Covenant. 

    In 2013, Paul was nominated for BAFTA Best Visual Effects and VES Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature for Prometheus. Paul is a regular speaker on visual effects and design at conferences and festivals.

  • Rob Coleman

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    Rob Coleman joined Animal Logic in 2012 as the studio’s Head of Animation. Rob is a two-time Oscar nominee for his animation work on Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and has been nominated for two BAFTA Awards for his work on Men in Black and The Phantom Menace.

    Prior to Animal Logic, Rob spent 14 years at Industrial Light & Magic and Lucasfilm Animation, working closely with George Lucas. He was chosen as one of the most creative people in the entertainment industry when he was added to Entertainment Weekly's 'It List' in 2002 as their 'It CG-Creature Crafter' for his work on digital Yoda. Most recently Rob was the Head of Animation on The LEGO® Movie. Rob is currently working on both The LEGO® Batman Movie and The LEGO® Ninjago Movie.

  • Will Reichelt

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    Will Reichelt joined Animal Logic’s TV Commercials team in 2002 as a 3D artist, leading a number of high profile projects as CG Lead or VFX Supervisor including Baz Luhrmann’s Chanel No. 5 – The Film starring Nicole Kidman, where he led a team of artists to build a mythical 3D ‘New York.’

    Now in his role as Visual Effects Supervisor, Will has been involved with projects such as Alex Proyas' Knowing, Baz Luhrmann's Australia, where he spent 18 months leading a team of post-visualisation artists working directly with Production Designer Catherine Martin as well as the recently released Walking With Dinosaurs 3D. In 2014, Will supervised the visual effects on Vogue Australia and Animal Logic’s collaborative magazine issue, and recently served as Associate Visual Effects Supervisor on Chen Kaige’s kung-fu film Monk Comes Down the Mountain.

 

Art Direction & Design

  • Felicity Coonan

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    Felicity has worked creatively in the visual effects and animated film industry since its inception in Australia. Early experience as a VFX compositor and VFX supervisor was gained at Framestore, Moving Picture Company, The Mill and other houses in the UK and Europe, before returning to Australia where she was a foundation member of Animal Logic.

    Felicity worked with Zack Snyder as Associate Art Director for Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (LOTG), designing and directing the fully animated 3D title sequence, and creating the Art Of LOTG book. She worked as a production Art Director on Happy Feet 2 in Skies and Marketing, is currently a designer on The LEGO® Ninjago Movie and has recently given a talk at the Australian Graphic Design Association’s  New Frontiers / Future Spaces series of talks.

  • Grant Freckelton

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    Grant Freckelton has been working in the Visual Effects and Animation industry as Art Director, VFX Supervisor and Production Designer since 1998.

    In 2006 Grant was Visual Effects Art Director on Snyder's 300, for which he won a Satellite Award for VFX. His collaboration with Director, Zack Snyder continued when in 2010 Grant served as Art Director on Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, for which he won an AFI AACTA award for Best Visual Effects.

    Grant's previous credits include design and VFX art direction on Matrix: Reloaded, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Moulin Rouge!. Grant was most recently the production designer on The LEGO® Movie. Grant is currently working on The LEGO® Batman Movie and The LEGO® Ninjago Movie.

  • Kim Taylor

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    A product of Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa, Kim joined Animal Logic in 2009 after five years experience in VFX for commercials, television and film at the Moving Picture Company, Framestore and MOB Film. He worked on many great projects including The Truth about Killer Dinosaurs, The Hogfather, The Colour of Magic, The other Boleyn Girl and The Golden Compass.

    Recently Kim was Animal Logic's art director on Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby and a senior matte painter on The LEGO® Movie.  Kim is currently art directing The LEGO® Ninjago Movie.

  • Simon Whiteley

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    Simon began his career in the early 1980's in television as a Graphic Designer for the BBC before moving into the commercial sector to produce TV and print advertising for the British Printing Communication Corporation. After immigrating to Australia in 1987, Simon began to work with Animal Logic as a consulting Art Director on many of the company's commercial projects.

    In 2003, Simon art directed George Miller's animated feature Happy Feet and following its success Simon went on to work as Production Designer on Zack Snyder's Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole. His previous credits also include Babe, The Matrix, The Thin Red Line and Moulin Rouge! Recently, Simon served as Art Director on Walking with Dinosaurs 3D and Concept Designer on The LEGO® Movie. He is currently working on both The LEGO® Batman Movie and The LEGO® Ninjago Movie.

  • Toby Grime

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    Toby is an influential member of the art department at Animal Logic and has been credited for directing, art directing and design for numerous film, commercials & broadcast clients across the globe.

    He has previously directed two hybrid live action music videos for Australian hip hop legends, Hilltop Hoods, one of which; 'I Love It - featuring Sia' went on to be nominated in the 2012 ARIA Awards for best video. Other recent projects have included a short film he directed for the GRAPHIC Festival held at the Sydney Opera House in 2012. Toby has also worked on high profile feature film projects such as Matrix: Reloaded, Happy Feet, Knowing and The LEGO® Movie. Toby recently served as Art Director on Vogue Australia and Animal Logic’s collaborative 55th Anniversary magazine. Toby is currently working on The LEGO® Batman Movie and The LEGO® Ninjago Movie.