(Culver City, California--April 7, 2016) Academy Award- and Emmy-nominated 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. 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,” shared Tim Miller, Blur Co-founder and 'Deadpool' Director. “We’re really excited about him join the team.”
Akers stated, “I’ve always admired the work coming out of Blur and I believe in the company’s vision for the future. I can’t wait to work with a team that’s made world class work and continues to innovate.”
Dan 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. Dan’s recent VFX work has included films, from David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” to this summer’s controversial “Eye in the Sky.” Throughout his career, Dan has lent his talents to 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 for Best VFX 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”. Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design.
The addition of Akers to Blur underscores the studio’s momentum in the commercial and VFX worlds, having recently completed end-to-end services, including compositing, color and finishing, on live-action projects for GMC and upcoming first-person shooter “DOOM.”
In addition to hiring Dan 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 award-winning commercials for clients such as American Express, Coke, Samsung, Gatorade, Audi and others. Ken will provide creative consultation for Blur projects, leveraging his live-action experience to enhance Blur’s CG and animation work.
About Blur Studio
Blur Studio is an Oscar and Emmy-nominated production studio based in Culver City, California. Founded in 1995 by “Deadpool” director, Tim Miller, the company provides award-winning animation, effects and design for a wide range of media. Notable clients include Marvel, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., Microsoft, 20th Century Fox, Sony, Activision, Bungie, among others. For more information, please visit www.blur.com