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Andy Hayes returns to Framestore as head of Effects

Andy Hayes returns to Framestore as head of Effects
Staff Reporter
09 October 2012

Andy Hayes,is returning to Framestore’s film division as head of Effects after a four-year spell in LA with Dreamworks.

Hayes joins the facility at a time when Framestore is getting involved in an increasing number of big budget, VFX-heavy films, including sci-fi feature Gravity.  Fiona Walkinshaw, director of VFX Production at Framestore says: “We’re implementing new pipelines and technology. Andy will be a key figure in ensuring the new infrastructure runs smoothly.”

Whilst working for Dreamworks, Hayes moved from FX animator to lead developer and sequence lead ,working across notable VFX-heavy feature films like Rise of the Guardians, The Croods, How to Train Your Dragon, Shrek Forever After and Monsters Vs Aliens. His role at Dreamworks also included technology representative, working with next-generation technology design, features, functionality and implementation for a department of over 100 artists.

Before Dreamworks, Hayes was at Framestore working as lead Effects technical director on The Golden Compass, which went on to win the Oscar and BAFTA for Best Visual Effects.

Previous credits include George Miller's Happy Feet whilst at Animal Logic in Australia and Terry Gilliam’s The Brothers Grimm for London’s Peerless Camera Company. Before working as a VFX artist, Hayes was a senior lecturer in computer animation and MSc programme leader at Bournemouth University between 2001 and 2005.

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