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Cinesite appoints Butler as animation director

Cinesite appoints Butler as animation director
Staff Reporter
30 October 2012

Cinesite has appointed Eamonn Butler as animation director to head up its expanding animation division.

Butler joins from Double Negative where he was head of animation and supervised a catalogue of films, including Ironman 2, John Carter, Hellboy 2, Paul and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Butler will be based at Cinesite’s head office in Soho and responsible for leading its high-end character animation team. He also joins the company’s board.

Antony Hunt, managing director of Cinesite, said: “Eamonn is well placed to lead our team of talented animators as we branch out in to more character driven animation films.”

Before joining Double Negative, Butler spent ten years at Walt Disney Feature Animation in Burbank, California, where he worked on features including Chicken Little, Dinosaur and Fantasia 2000. He trained under veteran 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 CG.

Cinesite is currently working on vfx for World War Z (Paramount Pictures) and Jack Ryan (Paramount Pictures). It has recently completed work on Skyfall (Sony Pictures), John Carter (Disney), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Disney/Bruckheimer), X-Men: First Class (Twentieth Century Fox) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (Warner Bros).

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