In October Techvibes reported that Digital Domain was planning to open a 20,000 square-foot studio in Vancouver in early 2010. Digital Domain is the visual effects company behind Titanic and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
After officially opening its doors last week, Digital Domain Vancouver has begun work on Walt Disney Pictures’ Tron Legacy and will soon start on Marvel Studios’ Thor and today the studio announced the key management team at its new outpost.
Troy Brooks joining as Studio Manager, Arin Finger and Tim Belsher coming aboard as Studio Producer and Pipeline Supervisor, respectively, and veteran Digital Domain staffer Darren Poe serving as Digital Supervisor.
Brooks is a Canada native who joins Digital Domain with over eighteen years of experience in animation and visual effects. Most recently as co-founder and CEO of PipelineFX, Brooks oversaw technology development and strategy for the company and provided consulting to film studios on pipeline workflow.
Finger has over a dozen feature film credits and held various roles on projects including A Christmas Carol, Night at the Museum, Sin City, and Hellboy, among others. Belsher was a computer graphics supervisor on District 9 – acting as the primary technical architect for that project’s visual effects pipeline – and also worked in various capacities on War of the Worlds, Poseidon, and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Poe is a thirteen-year veteran of Digital Domain who served as digital effects supervisor on two of last year’s biggest blockbusters: Roland Emmerich’s 2012 and J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek.
Digital Domain Vancouver impressively went from concept to execution in just a few short months and thanks to BC’s tax credits and our world-renowned labour pool of digital artists, Vancouver is emerging as an important digital production hub.