Culver City’s Blur Studio has hired visual effects supervisor Dan Akers, who brings with him 15 years of experience in the VFX industry. He joins Blur from Digital Domain, where he was a VFX and compositing supervisor working mostly on commercial projects for Nike, UFC, Lexus, Cadillac, Nissan, Kia, Assassin’s Creed, and the Destiny franchise. Akers also has experience working on films, including Gone Girl and Eye in the Sky.
Over the years, Akers has worked on popular franchises, including Star Trek, Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as the films Tron: Legacy and Oblivion. He’s was also part of the Oscar-winning/nominated teams for Best VFX on projects, including The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Real Steel, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Transformers and Star Trek.
Akers holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design.
“Dan has a great track record of handling both the creative and technical aspects involved in creating beautiful imagery,” says Tim Miller, Blur co-founder and Deadpool director. “He is a key hire for Blur as we extend our reach deeper into the live-action VFX world and beyond. He’ll help us push the studio forward as we explore new ways to tell stories.”
In addition to Akers, Blur has brought on DP Ken Seng as a visual consultant. Seng is an experienced shooter with film credits on Deadpool and Project X, and commercials for American Express, Coke, Samsung, Gatorade, Audi and others. Seng will provide creative consultation for Blur projects, leveraging his live-action experience to enhance Blur’s CG and animation work.