Sean Dever, a respected artist in the visual effects industry, died April 13 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 32.
Cause of death has not officially been but a aneurysm is suspected.
Dever, an employee of Cinesite Hollywood, joined that facility in May 1998 as computer graphics supervisor on “Armageddon.” Quickly promoted to the position of 3-D manager, he oversaw the expansion of that department from an initial group of 10 to more than 40 artists.
Under his management, the team recently created the animated robot character of AMEE in “Red Planet,” and 3-D work on “Thirteen Days” and “The 6th Day.” Earlier in his career, he worked at Cinesite on “Waterworld” and “Free Willy 2.”
Dever began his career at Boss Film Studios in 1993 working on “Bud Bowl VI,” followed by a position at the Los Angeles office of Pacific Data Images, where he created effects work for five feature films including “Angels in the Outfield” and “True Lies.”
He moved on to Digital Domain where he was a sequence supervisor on Luc Besson’s “The Fifth Element” and to Hammerhead Prods., where credits included “Flubber,” “My Favorite Martian,” “Sphere” and “Batman and Robin.”
Prior to arriving in L.A., he graduated from the U. of Arizona with a bachelor of fine arts in film production and completed graduate work at the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center at Mississippi State U., where he first became interested in computer graphics and animation.
He is survived by his parents, stepmother, a brother and two stepsisters. His ashes will be buried in Jerusalem, Israel, where he was born.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Albright Institute, C/O Sam Cardillo, PO Box 40151, Philadelphia, PA 19106.