Veteran motion picture and television animator Everett Burrell has joined CaféFX as animation supervisor. He contributed to the Emmy Award-winning effects work in the SCI FI Channel’s mini-series Frank Herbert’s Dune and brings 18 years of experience in managing teams of 3D animators, digitizers, texture artists, compositors, technical directors and freelance artists.
Previously, Burrell held such positions as visual effects supervisor, 3D supervisor, 3D animator, modeler and texture artist and 2D compositor at Cantina Pictures. He also was an on-set supervisor working with directors and DPs, supervising bluescreen and motion control shoots.
Burrell held a similar position at television and film effects house Flat Earth Prods. Inc. in Burbank, Calif. There, he pioneered early 3D creature techniques and established the company’s 3D department and render farm, which evolved from Amiga computers to Pentium III’s.
As president and co-founder of Optic Nerve Studios Inc. in Sun Valley, Calif., Burrell pioneered early computer-generated design work as he built a make-up effects company specializing in prosthetic and creature effects, which was recognized with an Emmy in 1994 for the series Babylon 5.
CaféFX is a division of the ComputerCafe Group, headquartered in Santa Maria, Calif. The company was founded as ComputerCafé in 1993 by Jeff Barnes and David Ebner to produce broadcast promotions and television ID packages. Recent credits include the feature films Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World , The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The Core and Spy Kids 2 and 3.