Culver City-based visual effects house Zoic Studios has added veteran Flame artist Toby Brockhurst. With over two decades of experience in VFX, he has worked on effects-driven spots for brands such as Kia, Guinness, Volvo, EA Sports and BMW, and worked for several facilities including MPC, Framestore, The Mill and Method Studios. He has also contributed visuals for music videos for Tori Amos, Air, Annie Lenox, George Michael, Jamiroquai and Missy Elliot, and feature films such as Transformers 3D, Pearl Harbor, Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Harry Potter and The Big Lebowski.
“Toby is a great addition to the Zoic commercial division,” said executive creative director/partner Chris Jones. “He’s the perfect mix of artist, technician and the guy you want by your side on set and in the bay.”
After spending his youth as a shepherd on his family’s dairy farm in Wiltshire, England, Brockhurst earned a degree in architecture and interned at VTR London. He spent nights and weekends learning the Qualtel Paintbox, then Harry, and eventually jumped to the Flame in 1995.
Brockhurst spent a number of years bouncing between London and the U.S., directing, VFX supervising — perhaps most notably on Jamiroquai’s “Supersonic” music video, for which ground-breaking Milo camera and Cyclops motion control rig software was developed. He moved to Los Angeles in 2011.