(Dallas, TX--November 3, 2016) Digital studio Reel FX
, Dallas/Santa Monica has added award-winning Director and VFX Supervisor Augusto Schillaci
to its directorial roster. Schillaci will be making his feature debut as director on The Mischievians
, an animated feature film in development based on the book by William Joyce. He has over two decades of experience as a director and VFX Supervisor, organically transitioning his extensive talents and expertise in animation and visual effects to the role. He has lent his directorial skills to game cinematics for Transformers
and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
and is currently directing a number of commercial projects.
Notes Reel FX’s Steve O’Brien, “Augusto’s unique passion and creativity have been part of the fabric of so many successful Reel FX projects. He brings such a wealth of expertise and an incredible vision to The Mischievians
and we are excited to embark on this next phase of his career with him.”
“With multiple projects in motion, as a Director, I’m excited to be able to talk about this first feature project. It’s fantastic that everything lined up to allow me to take this next step in my career with the studio I already consider my family,” adds Schillaci.
Schillaci originally joined Reel FX in 2002. Throughout his award-winning career with the studio, he has been actively involved in development efforts for their animated projects and held the role of Visual Effects Supervisor on both of Reel FX’s 3D feature films, the Golden Globe-nominated film The Book of Life
(20th Century Fox) and Free Birds
(Relativity Media), on which he was also Art Director.
As a creative lead at Reel FX, he has collaborated with directors and studio execs on projects including a series of stereoscopic 3D Looney Tunes shorts for Warner Bros. Animation, Sony Pictures Animation’s Open Season 3
and Open Season 2
, Warner Bros. Pictures’ Watchmen: The Black Freighter
, Blue Sky’s Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
, Disney’s Enchanted
, and special attractions such as Illumination Entertainment’s “Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem” and 20th Century Fox’s “The Simpson’s Ride,” as well as consumer product work for DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 2
, Bee Movie
, and Shrek
, to name a few.
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About Reel FX
Reel FX develops and produces award-winning animated films, short form content and virtual reality experiences. The company’s feature slate, includes the Golden Globe-nominated The Book of Life
with Twentieth Century Fox, released on October 17th, 2014. The film also garnered Best Animated Feature nominations from the Critics’ Choice Awards, Producers Guild Awards, and Annie Awards. The title is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. Reel FX’s first full-length animated feature, Free Birds,
was released by Relativity Media on November 1st, 2013 and grossed over $110 million worldwide. Based out of Dallas, Texas, Reel FX has over 22 years of experience as an award-winning one-stop studio for the creation of animated content including films, special attraction/live venue projects, commercials, and interactive projects for companies like Fox, Warner Bros., DreamWorks Animation and Universal Studios. The studio also maintains a short form division focused on commercials, music videos, theme park attractions as well as virtual reality content through its dedicated VR division, Reel FX VR. Since opening in 2014, Reel FX VR has developed world-class VR interactive activations and 360º narrative content for innovative brands, such as 20th Century Fox, GMC, Acura, American Expresss, AT&T, Frito Lay, GE, Legendary Pictures, Lionsgate, Porsche, Samsung, Shinola and the U.S. Air Force. Reel FX VR crafts unique and innovative content for all the leading VR goggle platforms - Oculus, HTCVive, and Samsung Gear VR.