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Timber Hires Digital Effects Supervisor Nicholas Hiegel


Nicholas Hiegal
Nicholas Hiegal

Santa Monica-based design and digital production shop Timber announced that it has hired digital effects supervisor Nicholas Hiegel and a moved into a new studio in the heart of Santa Monica’s creative community. Timber is an artist-owned company that offers animation, live action, VFX and finishing services.

Hiegel has a wealth of experience in creating digital content including over 20 effects intensive feature films, including Star Trek into Darkness, Hugo, Harry Potter (Half Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows), TRON Legacy and Clash and Wrath Of The Titans. In addition to digital effects supervision, Nicholas’ specialties are miniature and creature effects. He began his career at New Deal studios at the age of 16, worked as a freelance artist at numerous companies throughout the industry, and ran his own boutique firm before joining Timber.

“I felt an immediate connection with (Timber founders) Kevin Lau and Jonah Hall,” he said, “and my experience crosses over with each so that we make for a robust team. I love being challenged by a diversity of projects and disciplines within digital production, which is very much the Timber experience.”

“Nick has an exacting eye, formidable discipline, and is also a natural team leader. We are thrilled to have him as such a key part of our growing company,” said Hall.

The company also announced that it has signed with Reber Covington for West Coast representation.

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