VFX Vet Jeff Barnes Joins Bent Image Lab

Barnes previously co-founded The Computer Cafe Group and was a vice president at Digital Domain.
Jeff Barnes
Jeff Barnes

Visual effects vet Jeff Barnes — co-founder of CafeFX and The Syndicate and past Digital Domain vp — has formed a partnership with Portland, Ore.-based digital production and animation studio Bent Image Lab through which he will oversee the company’s new Digital Media Group.

In his role, Barnes will work with the Bent team to create content for cell phones, tablets and touch screens as well as special venue experiences implementing augmented reality, pixel mapping and other developing technologies. He also will manage the company’s visual effects division, whose credits include NBC’s Grimm and IFC’s Portlandia.

Bent began as a stop-motion, mixed-media and CGI studio and is expanding its new media division. “It is a whole new world of opportunity for unique ways of telling stories and promoting products through alternative viewing spaces,” Barnes said in a statement, adding that he has “known the team at Bent for years and has always been impressed with their high level of creativity and unique approaches to production.”

A past chair of the Visual Effects Society, Barnes co-founded The Computer Café Group in 1993 and oversaw the operations of its feature film visual effects division, CafeFX, and commercial studio, The Syndicate. He also provided management and development input for Sententia Entertainment, the company’s feature film production division. He most recently served as a vp/general manager at the Digital Domain Media Group.

Barnes has worked on roughly 85 films, including Alice in Wonderland, Iron Man, Spider-Man 3, Pan’s Labyrinth and Sin City.

Said Bent CEO Ray Di Carlo of Barnes: “His experience and reputation in the visual effects space is among the highest in the industry. He will be invaluable to our studio for both the new venture and our growing visual effects efforts."

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