CGI startup morphs animation synergy

Lotman at company helm

Vivid Animation, a new high-end CGI animation studio with a core crew of special-effects producers and directors, has been formed, CEO Jeff Lotman announced Wednesday.

“We have taken the next step toward developing our production capabilities in the long-form field and creating proprietary animated characters for exploitation across digital platforms,” said Lotman.

The aim is to create synergy between Vivid and Lotman’s pre-existing outfits: Virtual Celebrity Prods., which develops realistic human characters, and Global Icons, a celeb licensing outfit.

Feature framework

Writer-producer-helmers Christian Ford and Roger Soffer will lead the feature development side and have signed a five-year contract with Vivid. Among their upcoming feature projects are “Men of Iron,” coming together under the aegis of BancParibas’ feature unit Patriot Pictures.

The tyro cel shop’s creative arm is powered by a team of animation vets led by Daniel Robichaud, VP of creative development, and supported by toon supervisor Stephane Couture and digital effects supervisor Gonzalo Garramuno, who all recently left f/x giant Digital Domain to form Vivid.

On the Wilds side

Visual effects vet Paige Wilds rounds out the team as a producer. Wilds worked on visual effects for features “Air Force One” and “Starship Troopers” among others and the HBO series “From the Earth to the Moon.”

Soffer and Ford’s most recent feature outing is the upcoming Minnie Driver/James Spader pic “Slow Burn,” from Artisan. They’re repped by Above the Line’s Rema Greer.

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