Award-winning animation director Piotr Karwas has joined Los Angeles-based VFX and design company Asylum. Karwas previously worked for vfx shop Digital Domain, where he played an integral part in such high-profile feature films as Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Alex Proyas’ I, Robot and Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
‘Piotr has an amazing resume, filled with distinct, visceral work,” says Asylum exec producer Mike Pardee. ‘His dedication to creating innovative effects is in perfect sync with our goal of keeping Asylum at the leading edge of the vfx and design community.’
While at Digital Domain, Karwas also worked in the commercial division, collaborating with Michael Bay, David Fincher, Joe Pytka and other leading filmmakers. His stint at the company allowed him to build a portfolio of spots for Budweiser, Walt Disney, Mountain Dew, Adidas and Gatorade.
Karwas made his directorial debut with the digitally animated short film Masks, which earned the Golden Berlin Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, a win that led to directing PSAs for MTV and Greenpeace. His Digital Domain-produced Do Robots Dream of Bunnies? debuted at the 2006 SIGGRAPH convention, and he is currently in post on his most recent directing effort, Rapline.
Asylum created the visual effects for such films as Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Moulin Rouge, Minority Report, Phantom of the Opera, the last two Pirates of the Caribbean films, Apocalypto, D’j’ Vu, Man on Fire, Domino and Black Hawk Down. The studio has also done spot work for brands such as Nike, Sony Playstation, Coke, BMW, Gatorade and Visa.