International visual effects company Pixomondo has added two top-notch VFX industry professionals to their London office, Executive Producer Roma O’Connor and VFX Supervisor Joern Grosshans. The new additions bring a comprehensive industry understanding gained through years of experience to the London studio.
“Having the right combination of cutting edge flair and production experience is vital to achieving the perfect dynamic at each studio,” said Christoph Malessa, COO and Executive Producer, Pixomondo London. “Roma and Joern each bring excellent and diverse strengths to our facility. We are delighted to have them on board.”
A solid VFX industry fixture for nearly two decades, Executive Producer Roma O'Connor is well-versed in all aspects of feature film and television production having worked on a number of Academy Award®-winning films and Emmy Award®-winning series as one of London's foremost senior visual effects producers. She comes to Pixomondo from Cinesite Ltd where she most recently oversaw Disney’s "John Carter." O’Connor has also lent her expertise to a number of blockbusters including "Voyage of the Dawn Treader," "Slumdog Millionaire," "Golden Compass," and "Watchman." In addition to various freelance projects, she has held Executive Producer and Head of Production roles at The Mill, CIS London, Rainmaker UK and Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.
“What really drew me to Pixomondo was their studio structure,” said O’Connor. “The efficiency of creating boutique, high level facilities around the world works on both a local and global level. We can offer our clients the flexibility and one-on-one attention of a boutique facility as well as tackle larger projects by linking up our studios to draw on our pool of global talent. This allows us to operate without the need for huge recruitment drives in a specific country thereby avoiding inefficiencies that can come with a sudden increase of artists. From an artist viewpoint, it can sometimes feel you are just a small cog in a large wheel but, at Pixomondo, everyone is important and has a chance to develop.”
With over eight years experience, Joern Grosshans is a leading VFX Supervisor at Pixomondo. After studying filmmaking and audiovisual media, his passion for the final image steered him towards 2D supervision. He comes to London from Pixomondo’s Stuttgart office where he was instrumental in helping develop talent and infrastructure whilst gaining experience as a VFX Supervisor. His invaluable understanding of the visual effects process led him to supervise work on the second season of HBO’s award-winning television series "Game of Thrones," VFX shots for Martin Scorsese’s "Hugo," for which Pixomondo artists won the Academy Award® for Best Visual Effects, as well as on "Red Tails," "Sucker Punch," "Fast Five" and "Ghost Rider." He also supervised the first stereoscopic commercial for Panasonic 3D TV screens for theatrical distribution.
“London has a vibrant VFX market teeming with interesting projects that fits perfectly with our ‘can do’ ethos,” said Grosshans. “We are a young company but growing fast thanks to our base of very talented artists and unique facility infrastructure. The London office not only gives us the opportunity to build a great boutique facility but also provides a platform to showcase Pixomondo worldwide to the prestigious UK film and television markets. I’m looking forward to helping further build up the London facility.”
Pixomondo, an international visual effects company founded in 2001 by Thilo Kuther, utilizes a 24-hour production cycle enabled across a global network of facilities in Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Berlin, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Beijing, London, Munich, Burbank, Toronto, Hamburg, Baton Rouge and Detroit. Pixomondo has worked on more than 30 feature films including "The Amazing Spider-Man," "Snow White and the Huntsman," "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," "Red Tails," "Sucker Punch," "Super 8," "Fast Five" and many others, as well as on broadcast series including "Game of Thrones," "Hawaii 5-O" and "Grimm." As the lead VFX house for "HUGO," Pixomondo was recognized with an Academy Award™ for best visual effects in 2011. In addition to visual effects, the company delivers a full range of creative, production and post services required to produce design-driven storytelling for the advertising industry. www.pixomondo.com