F/x house restructures to handle visuals, p'gramming separately
HOLLYWOOD — F/x shop Visual Concept Engineering, founded by veteran effects producer Peter Kuran (“Star Wars”), on Friday said it has restructured its operations into two separate divisions, one handling visual effects and the other producing original programming.Additionally, visual effects producer Ted Rae has been tapped to supervise VCE’s new Visual Effects division. Kuran founded the Sylmar, Calif.-based company in 1979. The VCE entertainment division will focus on the creation of original programming in the areas of documentary films, television specials and original homevideo, DVD and CD-ROM releases. The division recently completed production of the homevid “Atomic Filmmakers” and is currently in post-production on “Atomic Journeys,” a look at unusual U.S. atomic testing grounds (including Mississippi and Alaska). The VCE visual effects department will continue to produce f/x work for studio pics, TV shows and commercials. The divi-sion is producing over 110 f/x shots for TriStar Pictures’ upcoming horror/comedy “Idle Hands,” skedded for an April release. VCE has designed, created and produced visual effects for more than 200 pics, including “Star Trek II,” “Beetlejuice,” “Robocop” and “Return of the Jedi.” Rae, along with Kuran, is the visual effects supervisor for “Idle Hands,” and is also the pic’s second unit d.p. for visual effects. His previous credits include f/x contributions to “Starship Troopers,” “Nixon” and “The Terminator,” along with TV series “Stargate SG-1,” “Babylon 5” and “The Twilight Zone.” He also recently directed and produced the documentary “Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie,” which documents America’s nuclear weapons history.