Deluxe Entertainment’s global visual effects unit, Method Studios, has made several key hires: supervising art director and art dept. head Olivier Pron, commercials VFX supervisor and creative director Jesse Bradstreet, commercials VFX supervisor James Rogers, animation supervisors Daryl Sawchuk and Tim Ranck, and VFX supervisor Gong Myung Lee.
The new posts are based both in the facility’s Los Angeles and New York offices.
“It’s nearly impossible to extoll the individual virtues these artists bring to the team,” said Ed Ulbrich, president of Deluxe Visual Effects. “Method has long enjoyed a reputation for excellence in effects, and with Olivier, Jesse, James, Daryl, Tim and Myung helping to anchor our talent base, we’re able to extend our expertise to better serve clients at every phase of production.”
Method’s upcoming feature effects projects opening this fall include Terrence Malick’s “Voyage of Time,” Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” and Warner Bros,’ “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
Projects recently completed by the studio include the 2016 sponsor reel of the Association of Independent Commercial Producers, which has gone viral with more than 34 million YouTube views; GE’s “Raining Octopuses”; and the 2016 E3 trailer for Bethesda Softworks’ “Quake Champions.”
Pron specializes in transforming scripts into realized worlds, creatures and characters. He joins Method Los Angeles from the studio’s London office, where he led the teams crafting pre-production visuals for VFX-heavy films including “Iron Man 3,” “Cloud Atlas,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which earned him a 2015 Art Directors Guild Award for excellence in production design.
Bradstreet comes to Method from Sydney, where he worked with such brands as Pepsi, Samsung and Vodafone. He began as an animator on “X-Men” and later as a VFX supervisor and director at Prodigy Films and Animal Logic.
Rogers has been at Method in Sydney since 2010, serving as VFX supervisor for such features as “Gods of Egypt” and “The Wolverine,” as well as overseeing VFX for last year’s Target “Holiday Odyssey” campaign for 72andSunny. At Method Los Angeles, Rogers is charged with developing the studio’s capacity for commercial VFX. He received an Emmy nomination for his work on the series “Moby Dick.”
Prior to joining Method, Sawchuk was head of animation for MPC at its Vancouver facility. His credits include the “Life of Pi,” “Edge of Tomorrow” and “Man of Steel,” and he served as animation director for an upcoming Paramount feature releasing in 2017. His CG animated feature credits include “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” “Everyone’s Hero,” and “The Wild.”
Character animator Ranck has worked on several major films, including “Iron Man 3,” “I, Robot” and “Real Steel.” He has experience in motion capture direction and developing animation pipelines. Prior to Method, Ranck worked on film, video game and commercial projects at Digital Domain, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Zoic Studios, Psyop, and Blur Studio.
Gong was previously VFX supervisor/head of CG at Mr. X Gotham, and has held various supervising roles at The Mill and Charlex. Her recent credits include Ang Lee’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” “Zoolander 2” and “The Finest Hours,” and TV series “The Strain,” “Vikings,” “Narcos” and “Marco Polo.”