Culver City-based animation, VFX and design company Blur Studio has hired Dan Akers as visual effects supervisor. With nearly 15 years of experience in the VFX industry, Akers’ recent photoreal work for online shooter “Destiny” and Kia Motors was recognized with 2015 VES Award nominations, with his efforts for “Destiny” also taking home best visual effects honors at AICP 2015.
“Dan has a great track record of handling both the creative and technical aspects involved in creating beautiful imagery,” said 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.”
“I’ve always admired the work coming out of Blur and I believe in the company’s vision for the future,” said Akers. “I can’t wait to work with a team that’s made world class work and continues to innovate.”
Akers comes to Blur from Digital Domain, where he most recently served as VFX and compositing supervisor, largely for commercial projects, overseeing the Nike spot “HyperAdapt 1.0 self-lacing shoe,” as well as spots for UFC, Lexus, Cadillac, Nissan, Kia, Assassin’s Creed and the Destiny franchise. His recent VFX work has included films, from David Fincher’s Gone Girl to this summer’s controversial Eye in the Sky. He has also worked on the Star Trek franchise, the Transformers franchise, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Tron: Legacy and Oblivion. He’s also been part of Oscar-winning/nominated teams 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.
In addition to Akers, Blur has brought on director of photography Ken Seng as a visual consultant. Seng is a seasoned shooter with film credits on “Deadpool” and “Project X,” and commercials for clients such as American Express, Coke, Samsung, Gatorade and Audi. Seng will provide creative consultation for Blur projects, leveraging his live-action experience to enhance Blur’s CG and animation work.