Oscar-winner gets new f/x post

Visual effects supervisor Doug Smith, who won an Oscar for his f/x work on the hit sci-fi film of 1996, “Independence Day,” has signed on at effects and animation house Rhythm & Hues as a senior visual effects supervisor.

“I like the way Rhythm & Hues does business,” Smith said. “With the visual effects industry going through so many changes in the past year, they have succeeded in producing spectacular CGI animation and imagery.”

Smith, who started in the effects business 20 years ago as a camera assistant on “Star Wars,” most recently served as visual effects supervisor on Disney pic “Flubber.” Other films that contain Smith’s effects work include “True Lies,” “Coming to America” and “Never Say Never Again.”

Rhythm & Hues, lauded for making the animals speak in “Babe,” is currently at work on the sequel, “Babe in Metropolis,” which is slated for a fall release. The company also created visual effects for DreamWorks’ “Mouse Hunt,”and two motion picture-based amusement park ridefilms, Paramount Parks’ “Star Trek: The Experience” and the Imax title “Race for Atlantis.”

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