Eamonn Butler is to join Cinesite, one of the world’s leading digital visual effects facilities, as animation director in a newly expanded animation department.
Butler, who formerly worked as head of animation for competitor Double Negative and for Walt Disney Feature Animation. He will be based at Cinesite’s headquarters in Soho, London.
Cinesite is currently working on two high-profile Paramount titles –World War Z and Jack Ryan – and recently completed work on Sony’s Skyfall, which has just become the most successful opening British film in history.
At Double Negative Butler oversaw work on films including Iron Man 2, John Carter, Hellboy 2 and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Butler’s ten years at Walt Disney Feature Animation in Burbank, California, saw him work on films including Chicken Little, Dinosaur and Fantasia 2000. He trained under Disney animator David Brain at Dublin’s Dun Laoire College of Art and Design and spent four years working as a traditional animator, storyboard artist and animation director, before switching to computer generated images.
Antony Hunt, managing director of Cinesite, commented: “I’d like to welcome Eamonn to Cinesite. His wealth of experience means he’s well placed to lead our team of talented animators as we branch out in to more character driven animation films.”