O’Reilly Takes Reins at Rainmaker VFX

Visual Effects producer Marianne O’Reilly has been upped to president of Vancouver-based Rainmaker Visual Effects. Rainmaker Ent. CEO Warren Franklin has also announced the promotions of Shauna Bryan to head of business development and Jason Dowdeswell to head of digital Studio. Both will report directly to O’Reilly, as will head of production Dennis Hoffman, head of production technology Brian Chacon, commercial/games exec. producer Greg Bosworth and Rainmaker UK exec producer Roma O’Connor.

“Marianne has been a key player in the growth of the visual effects industry

in Vancouver, and a prominent contributor to Rainmaker’s growth for almost a

decade,’ Franklin comments. ‘As Rainmaker continues its growth curve, we are positioning the Visual Effects division to take advantage of the global prospects. Marianne’s the perfect person to do this for us.”

“I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to take this company to the next

level and to explore new territories,” adds O’Reilly. “Our entire team is very

enthusiastic about pursuing the goal of Vancouver becoming a larger hub for

the international visual effects industry.”

O’Reilly has worked in entertainment management for more than 17 years. She began her career at Rainmaker in 1999 as a visual effects producer and has worked on such television productions as Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Dead Like Me, Ancient Clues and So Weird. She made the leap to feature film work with 2003′s Garfield, and was named executive producer of the unit in 2004. In that capacity, she and oversaw the Rainmaker’s feature effects work on such films as Elektra, I, Robot, Dr. Dolittle 3, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, Night at the Museum, Blades of Glory and the upcoming Vantage Point.

Bryan most recently served as Rainmaker Visual Effect’s senior producer. As the facility’s exec producer on The Da Vinci Code, she was instrumental in setting up

the company’s London facility and establishing Rainmaker UK. In her previous

position, she oversaw the facility’s largest production to date, the hit comedy Blades of Glory. Her prior credits as a visual effects producer include She’s the Man, Man About Town, Firewall and the upcoming Case 39. Her visual effects credits also include the fantasy television miniseries Earthsea and the popular series Dead Zone.

Dowdeswell, who will be responsible for the overall implementation of the

digital and creative aspects of the pipeline, joined Rainmaker in 2002 as

digital production supervisor after gathering more than a decade’s worth of

experience at top vfx studios. He honed his animation skills at CSS Graphic Multimedia Research in British Columbia before moving to Los Angeles in the

early 1990s. He quickly became known for his lighting and compositing

artistry while working at Boss Film Studios, racking up credits on True

Lies, Species, Outbreak, Multiplicity and other films. He then joined to the newly formed Sony Imageworks as a digital lead artist on such features as Anaconda, Starship Troopers, Godzilla and Stuart Little. At Industrial Light & Magic, he served as senior digital compositor on Star Wars: Episode II’Attack of the Clones, Jurassic Park 3, The Mummy Returns and Men in Black 2.

Recent jobs handled by Rainmaker Visual Effects’ Vancouver studio include the Andy Samberg comedy Hot Rod, the Bryan Singer-produced horror flick Trick ‘r Treat and the upcoming Ben Stiller-directed war comedy Tropic Thunder. The company’s London facility contributed effects to the horror films 28 Weeks Later and 1408, and has been hard at work on highly anticipated The Golden Compass and the Paul Giamatti comedy Fred Claus, among other films.