Here is the press release:
DNEG Appoints Academy Award and BAFTA Winner Janek Sirrs as Visual Effects Supervisor
Industry Veteran Brings More Than Three Decades of Experience to Leading Visual Effects Company
DNEG, a leading visual effects (VFX) and animation studio for the creation of feature film, television and multiplatform content, announced today that Janek Sirrs has joined its creative leadership team as Visual Effects Supervisor. The Oscar® and BAFTA-winner, who comes to DNEG with more than three decades of experience in the film industry, will be based at the company’s Los Angeles studio.
Sirrs has an impressive list of Production VFX Supervisor credits to his name, including Marvel movies Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), The Avengers (2012) and Iron Man 2 (2010). Other client-side VFX Supervisor credits in his filmography include Terminator Genisys (2015), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), and Batman Begins (2005).
In 2000, Sirrs received the Academy Award® and the BAFTA Award for Best Special Visual Effects for his work on The Matrix (1999). He has subsequently received two additional Academy Award® nominations, for his work on The Avengers and Iron Man 2, and two additional BAFTA nominations, for his work on The Avengers and Batman Begins.
“I am proud to announce that Janek Sirrs is joining DNEG’s creative leadership team,” said Namit Malhotra, DNEG Chairman and CEO. “I have admired Janek’s work for many years and he is a truly outstanding creative leader who pushes the boundaries of what is possible on all of his projects. There are huge opportunities ahead for DNEG, as we drive our company forward in a world of technological advancement and new creative possibilities, and I am delighted that Janek is onboard as an important part of the DNEG creative team that is helping to lead that charge.”
Janek Sirrs said: “As a client-side supervisor, I have worked with DNEG for more than twenty years, all the way back to Batman Begins and Mission: Impossible II. I am a big fan of the company’s work and its ethos. This new extension of my relationship with DNEG is incredibly exciting for me, as it allows even closer collaboration with DNEG’s talented teams, and the opportunity to develop groundbreaking and unconventional ideas, concepts, and approaches. One of my goals in designing and world building for movies is to create something that has never been seen before, and I am looking forward to working more with interesting and esoteric filmmakers to help bring a different take and a unique approach to the craft of storytelling.”
© Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2022