Sony Names New 3D Center Director10 Aug, 2012 By: Chris Tribbey
Sony Pictures Technologies has named stereographer Grant Anderson the executive director of its Sony 3D Technology Center.
A producer, digital artist and visual effects supervisor, Anderson has lent his expertise to Beowulf 3D, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and The Green Hornet, and more recently to The Amazing Spider-Man and Battle of the Year: The Dream Team.
Previously, Anderson served as a CG supervisor and digital artist on Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Matrix Reloaded and The Aviator, and supervised the team that created the visual effects for Spider-Man 3. Anderson was part of the Academy Award-winning visual effects teams for Titanic, Spider-Man 2 and the short film The Chubb Chubbs.
Prior to joining Sony Pictures, Anderson helped comic icon Stan Lee form Stan Lee Media, and also served as a digital artist at Disney.
“From his work as stereo supervisor at Imageworks, and on the studio’s major releases Green Hornet, the upcoming Battle of the Year and others, along with his years of teaching at the center, Grant has a keen understanding of the technologies and techniques needed to create natural and realistic 3D,” said Chris Cookson, president of Sony Pictures Technologies. “Grant will continue the 3D Tech Center’s mission to nurture a community of experts in the growing market for 3D entertainment, while expanding collaborations on natively shot 3D productions, conversions and library efforts.”
The 3D Technology Center consults on 3D productions, offering professionals across the industry access to 3D equipment and methods for content covering theatrical, home entertainment and broadcast. Since opening in 2010, more than 3,000 3D content creators have used the center.
“With several of the filmmakers who participated in 3DTC programs now releasing major motion pictures, I believe 2012 will be a watershed year for 3D that will bolster the demand for high-quality 3D content around the globe,” Anderson said. “In the coming year, the 3D Technology Center will increasingly focus our efforts on close collaborations with productions to assist content creators in developing high-quality, cost-effective 3D entertainment.”