Two animation industry veterans return to the mothership! Industrial Light & Magic has just announced that Rob Coleman has joined the company as a key animator for feature films at ILM’s Sydney studio, and Randal Shore is returning to the company’s Vancouver studio as as executive producer in animation of feature films.
Coleman and Shore both reflect on a critical chapter of innovation at Industrial Light & Magic, overseen by Janet Lewin, who now heads ILM as senior vice president and general manager, with Rob Bredow, senior vice president and general manager of the creation of ILM. With the recent expansion of ILM’s virtual production and StageCraft technology, increased production of episodic special effects, as well as the growth of the company’s studios globally, the timing of their arrival could not. not be better.
“Rob Coleman has a long history at Industrial Light & Magic, having worked alongside George Lucas on the prequel trilogy, and Dave Filoni on The clone warsSaid Bredow. “With 35 years in the industry, he is a great mentor and a powerful animation supervisor, with endless enthusiasm for the craft. In his new role, he will continue to show unprecedented creativity that has continued to define him as a leader. Rob’s many years of creative supervision in animation make him the perfect fit for our upcoming projects, joining us at the right time as we work on several animated feature films in addition to a large number of effects shows. visuals. I’m so happy Rob is back – he embodies the best of what we do here at ILM.
Coleman had a long and famous history at ILM as an Animation Supervisor before focusing on work at Lucasfilm Animation. He has been nominated twice for the Oscars for his work on Attack of the Clones and The phantom menace, and received two BAFTA Awards for his work on Men in black and The phantom menace. Prior to that, Coleman worked as an animator on projects such as The mask, The indian in the closet, and Dragonheart to name a few. He joined Lucasfilm Animation in 2005 where he led the development of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Most recently, he worked as an animation director at Dr. D. Studios on happy feet two, and as head of animation at Animal Logic, supporting Lego movie, The Lego batman movie, and Peter Rabbit.
“I couldn’t be more excited or humbled to be back at ILM,” Coleman said. “During my time in animation, I’ve had the chance to work on films that really define the industry, but the pipeline of projects ILM has ahead of it is exhilarating and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. “
If you have a few minutes (well, much more than a few, but it’s worth it), enjoy AWN’s 3-part interview with Coleman at VIEW 2014:
You can also take a few minutes to read Karl Cohen’s in-depth interview with Coleman on AWN in 2002!
During her tenure at Industrial Light & Magic, Shore was the executive in charge of the Vancouver ILM studio, playing an instrumental role in launching the studio and managing its growth over the years, as well as ensuring the direction No time to die, Jungle cruise, Black Widow, and The Mandalorian. Prior to joining ILM, Shore held senior positions at two other Canadian visual effects houses: The Moving Picture Company (MPC) and Prime Focus. At MPC, Randal was a production manager overseeing films such as Pi’s life, who received the Oscar for his Outstanding Achievement in Visual Effects in 2013. During his tenure at Prime Focus as executive producer, he oversaw the company’s expansion from 45 artists to over 150 and worked on films such as Tree of life and Tron legacy.
“Every project Randal oversees benefits from his collaborative management, and we are delighted his journey has brought him home to ILM,” said Lewin. “Randal’s extensive experience in executive leadership and facilitation makes him the ideal person to take on this new role. He will develop and develop our feature film animation strategy while partnering with our clients to guide their projects to completion.
Most recently, Shore was the production manager for Tangent Animation where he oversaw the upcoming Maya and the Three for Netflix, taking it back to its creative roots of animation production. With Coleman and Shore returning to ILM, they will both play key roles in the company’s continued push into animation.
“I am absolutely delighted to be back at Industrial Light & Magic,” said Shore. “We have some incredible feature film animation projects in production, and I look forward to expanding our portfolio and leveraging our best global studios. “
Dan Sarto is publisher and editor-in-chief of Animation World Network.