MPC Los Angeles announced that it has hired five new artists for its advertising 3D division, including head of animation Steward Burris, VFX supervisor Zach Tucker, rigging lead George Saavedra, texture and look development supervisor Brian Broussard and head of lighting Matthew Maude. In addition, Charles Trippe has been promoted to head of FX after two years on staff as FX TD.
The 3D team reports directly to head of 3D Jason Schugardt, a veteran VFX supervisor who joined the Los Angeles studio in March.
“MPC has a long legacy of setting the bar high on VFX and innovation, and our new team will not only maintain that standard but help take it to the next level,” Schugardt said. “They have proven track records working on award-winning advertising for multi-national brands, with top agencies and directors around the world. They possess both feature film and advertising experience to create the best pipelines and workflow to meet our clients’ needs and deliver the best end results. And their leadership abilities will be invaluable to grooming our next gen talent.”
Burris brings 20 years of experience at studios such as Digital Domain, Psyop, The Mill, Framestore and Rhythm and Hues to his new role as head of animation. Among his list of credits are acclaimed spots for Kia, Call of Duty and Acura, as well as the TV series Breaking Bad and The X Files, and films The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, George of the Jungle and Alvin and the Chipmunks.
Tucker’s experience includes WETA Digital in New Zealand, where he worked on The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and The Two Towers, as well as U.S. studios such as Digital Domain, Asylum, R!OT, Radium and Mirada. Additional film credits are Pacific Rim and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, and a long list of ads including spots for Lexus, Porsche, Under Armour and Microsoft.
Saavedra has worked at studios such as Sony Pictures Imageworks, Method Studios, Psyop and Digital Domain, on films such as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, X-Men: First Class, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Star Trek, as well as spots for Kia, Intel and DirecTV.
Broussard has helped craft such projects as Robert Stromberg‘s Cannes Lion-winning branded film “What Lives Inside” for Intel, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare “Discover Your Power,” an AICP honoree, both while a freelancer at MPC LA.
Maude has worked at studios all over the world including Cinesite London, Double Negative Singapore, Asylum and Method Los Angeles, Wildfire Studios New Orleans and most recently, Atomic Fiction in Montreal. He has collaborated on feature films such as Fast & Furious 6, Twelve Years A Slave, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Into the Woods, and ads for brands including Apple‘s iPhone, GMC, Diet Dr. Pepper and Hershey’s.
As an FX TD at MPC LA since 2013, Trippe has been instrumental in some of the studio’s commercials, including the Kia 2014 Super Bowl spot “Applause” and “Evolved” as well as Fiat “Godzilla,” in which Godzilla craves Italian.
“We’re pleased to offer this caliber of leadership and artist as a resource to our clients,” said MPC LA managing director Andrew Bell. “Our new 3D team has collaborated on some of the most renowned films and commercials of recent years and along with being frontrunners in their FX specialties, they have extensive experience as problem solvers. It’s a winning combination, and we’re proud to have them on board.”