VFX and animation studio, Jellyfish Pictures has appointed Kevin Hoppe and Nicolas Hernandez to its senior creative team.
VFX Supervisor Hernandez joins Jellyfish Pictures after six years at Milk Visual Effects, of which he was also a co-founder. Hernandez’s VFX and CG Supervisor credits include feature films 4 Kids And It, Annihilation, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, Snow White and the Huntsman, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, VFX Oscar winning; Ex-Machina, High-Rise and 47 Ronin; and for television; Altered Carbon, 24: Live Another Day, and BBC One’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, which earned Hernandez and his team a BAFTA Television Craft Award for Visual Effects and Graphic Design in 2016.
Before co-founding Milk, Hernandez spent eight years at The Mill. During this time at The Mill, he led his team on many high-profile television dramas earning him five VES nominations.
Hernandez said of joining the company, “I am very excited to have joined Jellyfish Pictures. It is a refreshing prospect to be working in an impressive new studio on diverse and unique projects with an abundance of genuine and collaborative talented artists. I am looking forward to mixing my experience in with the company’s exciting future."
Hoppe joins Jellyfish Pictures from US VFX outfit, Crafty Apes VFX, where he worked as CG Supervisor on season three of Netflix’s award-winning Stranger Things. Before his time at Crafty Apes, Hoppe held senior positions at DNEG and DreamWorks Animation, racking up a list of credits including, Home, Turbo, How to Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda 2.
Hoppe’s responsibilities at Jellyfish Pictures will see him use his skills of managing and developing teams and he will oversee the evolution of Jellyfish Pictures’ feature animation pipeline.
Commenting on his appointment, Hoppe says, “The creative and positive energy of Jellyfish Pictures is a rare find. The people are so friendly, the work is brilliant, and the projects are challenging and engaging. I knew right away that Jellyfish was going to be my new home. I take great joy in managing teams and finding the best solution to any challenge, be it creative or in a team, and look forward to integrating these skills into the great talent at Jellyfish.”
Phil Dobree, CEO, Jellyfish Pictures, said, “The past year has seen immense growth for Jellyfish Pictures. The investment in our new facilities and tech has greatly opened opportunities of the types of work we can take on, requiring the very best talent to take the helm. Both Nicolas and Kevin hold an incredibly high level of experience, bringing inspiration to their teams and the very best expertise to every project they touch.
"Our talent and the care we take when handling our clients’ work has always been at the heart of Jellyfish Pictures. Both Nicolas and Kevin embody these values and I am extremely proud for them to join the Jellyfish Pictures family.”