Andy Jones, who directed the Animatrix segment The Final Flight of the Osiris and served as Digital Domain’s animation director on 20th Century Fox’s I, Robot, is joining Sony Pictures Imageworks. Jones joins an impressive team of animation directors and supervisors that includes David Schaub, Spencer Cook, Sean Mullen, Troy Saliba, Pepe Valencia, and Todd Wilderman.
"Andy is a tremendously skilled character animator, whose talent and style are a welcome addition to our established team," says Barry Weiss, senior VP of animation production at Sony Pictures Imageworks.
Jones also served as animation director on the groundbreaking CG-animated feature, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, and as animation supervisor on director Roland Emmerich’s 1998 Godzilla remake. Prior to that, he was recruited by James Cameron to work on the sinking sequence in Titanic.
Imageworks earned an Oscar for its first animated short film, The ChubbChubbs! and its work on The Polar Express recently garnered a Best Feature Film Animation award at AEAF (Australian Effects and Animation Festival). Also recognized for the animation of the Smokey character in Polar Express, the team was nominated for a 2005 VES (Visual Effects Society) Award in the Best Character Animation in an Animated Feature Film category.
Current projects in the Imageworks pipeline include the CG performance-capture feature, Monster House, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Spider-Man 3, and Sony Pictures Animation CG features Open Season and Surf’s Up. Future projects include the recently announced adaptation of Beowulf that director/producer Robert Zemeckis and Shangri-La’s Steve Bing are spearheading.