Dan Lombardo has been named president of Cinesite Hollywood, the visual effects house and Kodak subsidiary that has recently restructured to focus on digital imaging services for the entertainment industry. Lombardo joined the facility two years ago as VP of production and was named general manager this past April. He will continue to perform the duties of general manager as he succeeds Ruth Scovill as president.
Lombardo began his career at Amblin Ent. and advanced through the management ranks at various visual effects facilities. He was VP of production at Computer Film Company and Manex Visual Effects before joining Cinesite Hollywood in 2001. He subsequently managed Cinesite creative teams that produced visual effects sequences for some 60 feature films.
Jerry Pooler is also stepping up to a new role as executive director, creative. He joined Cinesite in 1992 when the facility pioneered the use of digital technology during the restoration of Disney’s 1937 animated classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Pooler began his career at CFI Labs in Los Angeles. Later, he moved to Apogee and helped create visual effects for such classic films as Star Trek: The Motion Picture and The Last Starfighter. He was among the first Cinesite employees and played a primary role in restoring such classic films as Sleeping Beauty, Fantasia and To Kill a Mockingbird.
Cinesite Hollywood is now devoted to providing services such as digital intermediate and film restoration, as well as digital film scanning and recording services. However, the company isn’t out of the effects biz completely. The team will still be offering such basic effects as paint and wire/rig removal. Its most recent projects include the upcoming Kevin Costner western Open Range and the big-screen adaptation of the TV series S.W.A.T.
The company has also announced that it is installing Northlight film scanners at both the Los Angeles and London facilities. This new generation of scanners, developed by FilmLight in London, utilizes an 8K tri-linear CCD array manufactured by Kodak to convert analog images stored on film to digital files. According to a release, the machine can scan 35 mm color negative at speeds around four times faster than currently installed machines at Cinesite facilities.