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Atomic Fiction hires Marc Chu to lead animation department

Atomic Fiction has welcomed animation expert Marc Chu to lead the studio’s animation efforts across its Oakland and Montreal locations. Chu joins Atomic Fiction from ILM, where he most recently served as animation director, bringing more than 20 years of experience animating and supervising the creation of everything from aliens and spaceships to pirates and superheroes.

Based out of Atomic Fiction’s Oakland office, Chu will oversee animation company-wide and serve as the principal architect of initial studio production, including the expansion of Atomic Fiction’s previs and digital creature offerings. He’s already begun work on The Predator and is ramping up activity on an upcoming Robert Zemeckis feature.

“Atomic Fiction is already well-established and known for its seamless work in environments, so this is an amazing opportunity to be a part of their journey into doing more animation-driven work,” said Chu. “My goal is to help grow an already-strong animation department to the next level, becoming a force that is able to tackle any challenge, notably high-level creature and character work.”

Chu established and built his career at ILM, creating and supervising work for some of the biggest film franchises of the last 20 years. For 2009’s Iron Man, he worked to define the characters and animation through the sequel and on the first two Avengers films. His extensive credits also include Star Wars franchise continuations The Force Awakens and Rogue One, and the original Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, which earned Best VFX Oscar nominations, and won for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men’s Chest.

Chu also has two VES Award wins for his Davy Jones CG character work.

Michael Eames returns to Framestore as global director of animation

Framestore has hired animator Michael Eames as its global director of animation for film projects. While based in London, Eames will oversee Framestore’s animation teams in London and Montréal.

Eames has worked on VFX-intensive pictures, including Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) and Children of Men (2006), for which he was nominated for a BAFTA.  Most recently he has worked as animation supervisor on Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

He returns to Framestore after first arriving in 2000 as animation supervisor on Dinotopia, winning an Emmy Award for Outstanding Visual Effects and a BAFTA nomination. Eames also worked on Where The Wild Things Are.