Digital Domain lands new home in Venice

Digital Domain has found a home.

The upstart special effects company founded by Jim Cameron, Stan Winston and Scott Ross, and backed by IBM, is opening its doors shortly in Venice with a long list of projects and new personnel.

The company, formed last February, will be housed in the former offices of L.A. ad agency Chiat/Day. The four buildings occupy a total of 67,500 square feet.

The move is timely. Digital Domain prez Ross says he is working on four projects that will take him well into 1994. In addition to producing effects for a special-venue film for Cameron’s “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” Ross has hired John Bruno, an Oscar winner for “The Abyss,” as visual effects supervisor on Cameron’s “True Lies.”

Also in the works are effects for “The Color of Night,” directed by Richard Rush, and the animated logo for director Tim Burton’s new company, Buried Alive, which is being designed by Stan Winston.

Reportedly, Digital Domain also is bidding on the effects for “Interview With a Vampire,” to be directed by Neil Jordan for Geffen Films in early fall. Ross declined comment.

Also coming aboard are Brion Shimamoto, VP of technical development, from IBM; Jim Hillin, as technical director for animation/modeling, from Metrolight Studios; Price Pethel, as director for post-production compositing/scanning, from Composite Image Systems; Jay Riddle, as visual effects supervisor, from R/Greenberg Associates; Mark Lasoff, as senior technical director, from Sony Pictures; and Ed Ulbrich, as VP for commercial division, from Leo Burnett Co.

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