GigaPix Opens VFX Shop

CG animation house GigaPix Studios is launching a visual effects department that will provide digital effects work and post-production services for feature films, television, commercials and music videos. The shop will be run by Emmy award-winning vfx supervisor Clay Dale, whose credits include SCI-FI Channel’s Frank Herbert’s Dune miniseries, the feature I, Robot and the Voltron animated series from the late 1990s.

Dale began his career in 1995 as a lead artist in PlayStation video game development. He has recently contributed to the effects in such feature films as Elektra starring Jennifer Garner, and Sylvester Stallone’s Driven, for which he simulated slow-speed car crashes in CG. Other features he has worked on include Exorcist: The Beginning, The Hot Chick and Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

‘Having had so much fun and success working with Dale in the past, I’m excited to have him as a valuable member of the GigaPix creative team,’ says GigaPix president John Savage. ‘Here he’ll get to use his expertise in dynamic simulations like fluid effects, dust and fire and ensure that all our projects reach their full potential.’

GigaPix has also brought on Emmy winner Greg Pusateri as director of audio. Pusateri has worked for Saban Ent., specializing in children’s animated productions. He later took a position at West Production, where he got the opportunity to work on more network shows and earned his Best Sound Effects Editor Emmy for The X-Files. Shortly after, he was recruited by Warner Bros. to work in their animation department.

GigaPix was founded in 2002 in Chatsworth, Calif. by CEO Chris Blauvelt and is dedicated to producing CG-animated features. The studio currently has four feature productions in development’an adventure comedy titled Junk Bots, an irreverent rabbit fantasy titled Twilight, a sci-fi thriller titled Alien SAR and a superhero spoof titled Hypnopig. More information on the studio can be found at