(Santa Maria, California--December 10, 2008) Award-winning visual effects facility CafeFX has announced an impressive 2009 visual effects production slate. CafeFX has been awarded work on some of the industry’s most highly anticipated films from such notable directors as Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann, Stephen Sommers and Brad Silberling, as well as a major theme park attraction. To meet the creative needs of a production pipeline in high gear and to provide accessibility and convenience for its Westside clients, CafeFX has expanded its art department to the fourth floor of the building it shares with The Syndicate, its Santa Monica-based sister company.
The expanded art department will create concept art and visual development of effects sequences, digital environments and CG characters. Art director Alp Altiner, whose credits include SPEED RACER, 300, SUPERMAN RETURNS, GARFIELD: A TALE OF TWO KITTIES, X-MEN: THE LAST STAND and POSEIDON, will head the department.
The CafeFX 2009 production slate, in chronological order by release date:
Twentieth Century Fox, directed by James Wong, release date April 8, 2009
• NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN
Twentieth Century Fox, directed by Shawn Levy, release date May 22, 2009
• LAND OF THE LOST
A Universal Pictures film, directed by Brad Silberling, release date June 5, 2009
• PUBLIC ENEMIES
Universal Pictures film, director Michael Mann, release date July 1, 2009
• G.I. JOE: RISE OF COBRA
Paramount Pictures, director Stephen Sommers, release date August 7, 2009
• FINAL DESTINATION 4: 3D
New Line Cinema, director David R. Ellis, release date August 21, 2009
Warner Bros., directed by Dominic Sena, release date September 11, 2009
• SHUTTER ISLAND
Paramount Pictures, director Martin Scorsese, release date October 2, 2009
A major project underway at CafeFX for the past year is an attraction for “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” the world’s first fully immersive Harry Potter themed environment slated to open at Universal Orlando theme park in 2010.
CafeFX was also the sole provider of visual effects for SEVEN POUNDS, a Sony Pictures Entertainment film starring Will Smith, which opens on December 19, 2008.
Jeff Barnes, CEO of CafeFX said, “We have had an amazing year at CafeFX. With more than eight major feature film projects in our production pipeline, we feel very fortunate to be so busy at such a turbulent time in both the industry and economy. Our current projects span a broad range of disciplines from design and matte painting, character animation, progressive visual effects work and 3D stereoscopic deliveries to complex theme park attractions. These are challenges that keep our artists creatively charged and enthusiastic. It makes us very happy to provide them and our clients with that opportunity.”
In 2008, CafeFX’s team of artists won an Emmy Award for their visual effects work on HBO’s highly acclaimed JOHN ADAMS miniseries and also created visual effects for THE BATTLE OF RED CLIFF, THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR, IRON MAN, SPEED RACER, STREET KINGS, THE HAPPENING and NIM’S ISLAND.
CafeFX is an award-winning feature film visual effects facility offering visual effects production and supervision, CG character creation, and 3D animation. Founded in 1993 by Jeff Barnes and David Ebner, CafeFX is located in the heart of Santa Barbara County. The company’s credits include IRON MAN, JOHN ADAMS, SPEED RACER, THE KITE RUNNER, THE MIST, SPIDER-MAN™ 3, PAN’S LABYRINTH, THE DEPARTED, SIN CITY, KING KONG, MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA and THE AVIATOR.
Its commercial and music video division, Santa Monica-based The Syndicate, is a creative design, branding services and digital production studio, specializing in live action direction, visual effects, animation, motion graphics, and telecine.
CafeFX and The Syndicate are held by umbrella corporation the ComputerCafe Group, which has also established Sententia Entertainment, a long form production company. With a focus on both live action and animated projects, Sententia is poised to capitalize on years of experience in the feature film market while developing a catalog of properties utilizing the proven strengths of sister companies CafeFX and The Syndicate. Among Sententia’s credits are the Academy Award®-winning PAN’S LABYRINTH and DANIKA.
For more information please call 805-922-9479 or visit www.cafefx.com