Virtual Celebrity nabs animation trio

Former Digital Domain-ers join computer-animated feature effort

Virtual Celebrity Prods. has snagged former Digital Domain animators Daniel Robichaud, Stephane Couture and Gonzalo Garramuno to join the company in an effort to expand into full-length computer-animated features.

The L.A.-based house is developing six CG pics, ranging from $20 million to $40 million, as it seeks co-production projects with studios.

Animated resumes

Robichaud serves as veep of creative development, overseeing new content, stories and character design for the company’s upcoming animation projects.

At Digital Domain, he was animation supervisor on “Apollo 13,” “The Fifth Element” and “Titanic.” He also created, wrote and directed the CG-animated pic “Tightrope.”

As animation supervisor, Couture will lead Virtual Celebrity’s animation team. He is developing its proprietary facial animation system.

Previously, at Digital Domain, he was lead character animator and animation supervisor on “Tightrope.”

Garramuno will serve as digital f/x supervisor, overseeing the production of effects shots for upcoming work on commercials and features.

At Digital Domain, he most recently served as computer graphics supervisor on “Supernova” and “Lake Placid.”

Top talent

“We are thrilled at being able to attract this kind of world-class animation talent to our company,” said Jeff Lotman, founder and prexy of Virtual Celebrity. “It marks the beginning of a new stage of expansion production for VCP.”

The two-year-old company specializes in human and character animation. It will unveil a digital Marlene Dietrich at the Siggraph confab next week.

Virtual Celebrity also operates licensing firm Global Icons, which represents the image rights to Bob Hope, George Burns, Dietrich, the Hollywood sign, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Buzz Aldrin.

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