2:40pm PT by Carolyn Giardina
Honors and Hires: What's Next For Oscar Nominees Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and Swen Gillberg
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Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Academy Award-nominated VFX supervisor on Snow White and the Huntsman, has joined Station Film for commercial representation. His directing credits include a Haagen-Dazs commercial and the short film Carrot vs. Ninja. He is also on board as second unit director for Disney’s Maleficent, and he is attached to direct Universal’s Bethlehem, an action-horror film currently in development.
Digital Domain has promoted visual effects producer Kelly L'Estrange to executive producer and head of studio in Vancouver. She has been with the Los Angeles-headquartered company for 19 years and will relocate to the Vancouver base this fall. She is currently the VFX producer on Disney’s Maleficent. Also relocating to Vancouver is Oscar nominee (Real Steel) and 14-year DD vet Swen Gillberg, who will be co-VFX supervisor for a yet-to-be-disclosed studio production.
Steven B. Cohen has been hired as solutions architect by Daystrom Technology Group to lead a new 4K workflow automation and storage initiative. He has previously held posts such as vp feature services for Ascent Media Group; and vp sales and development for Sony Pictures Studios. Since joining the Daystrom team, Cohen has started implementing a new network and storage infrastructure for the 4K vendor/partner area of Sony’s Digital Motion Picture Center.
MTI Film has hired Jean-Dominique “J.D.” Vandenberghe as product manager to continue to develop the company’s Cortex line of dailies processing and transcoding systems. He formerly served as workflow project manager at Arri, and was co-founder and CEO of Escape Lab, a Brussels-based postproduction and DVD authoring facility.
The American Society of Cinematographers will host a new series of master classes that will teach the art and craft of cinematography. Each master class will be held over a five-day period and will convene four times a year. The ASC master class program advisor is Oscar-nominee Stephen Burum. Additional instructors will include ASC members and leading cinematographers Dion Beebe, Russell Carpenter, Dean Cundey, Caleb Deschanel, Richard Edlund, Robert Elswit, Matthew Libatique, Dean Semler, Dante Spinotti, John Toll and Bill Bennett. The first class will run Oct. 21-25 and will be limited to 20 students.