Zoic Signs up VFX Legend Dutton

VFX luminary Syd Dutton has joined Zoic Studios, signing on to direct the company’s digital matte painting and feature film ventures.

Dutton got his start doing matte paintings under Albert Whitlock at Universal Studios.

In 1985, Dutton co-founded Illusion Arts, which went on to do visual effects and matte paintings in more than 200 films, including such hits as Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, HBO’s John Adams, the Narnia films, The Bourne Identity, The Fast and the Furious, X-Men, Batman, Total Recall and Mad Max.

When Dutton and partner Bill Taylor recently decided to shutter Illusion Arts, Dutton came to Zoic based on his relationship with the studio. He first worked with Zoic on the 2005 Joss Whedon film Serenity.

“Illusion Arts is a family and I see many of the same qualities at Zoic,” says Dutton. “They are constantly exploring new ways of creating and I find their enthusiasm for new developments and a respect for the process, and the people behind it, a great match for me and my work.”