Veteran VFX supervisor Jeff Wozniak has been hired by Zoic Studios, which is headquartered in Culver City, California, to helm the studio’s newly launched New York studios.
Wozniak has nearly two decades of experience in VFX. He got his start at ILM and has worked on such big-time films as Star Wars: Episode I, II and III, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Avatar, the Transformers series and Marvel’s The Avengers.
Wozniak will be helming Zoic’s newly launched New York studio, which will service projects across all divisions: features, episodic, commercials and gaming. The NYC studio will leverage the studio’s in-house pipeline to collaborate with both the Culver City and Vancouver offices.
“Not only has Jeff worked on some of the most noted effects-driven films in the past decade, but he also has a deep understanding of VFX processes and pipelines and is skilled at curating teams of artists for projects of any size,” says Zoic executive creative director/partner Chris Jones.”
Wozniak’s love for visual effects was sparked by watching Back to the Future as a kid in Minneapolis. After earning a degree from Stanford University, he got into audio post at Lucasfilm’s THX division. After getting more involved in visual effects and computer graphics, he came on board at VFX house Industrial Light & Magic and spent 12 years working on features. He eventually took over as head of computer graphics and senior VFX supervisor at Industrial Color.