Visual effects studio Kevin, founded Tim Davies, Sue Troyan and Darcy Parsons, has announced the hiring of Mike Dalzell [above left] as head of CG, Theo Maniatis [above right] as VFX supervisor and Carl Loeffler [above centre] as head of technology.

“Staying true to our commitment to offer the best talent in the industry, we are thrilled about Mike, Theo and Carl joining us,” said Troyan, senior executive producer. “Already we’re seeing their dedication and unwavering work ethic position Kevin as a great new resource amongst the best of the best in visual effects.”

“Mike, Theo and Carl also fit the state of mind that we hold so important,” adds Davies, Executive Creative Director of Kevin. “They will always have your back, they know their stuff and will always work their ass off to get you what you need. Sue and I feel very fortunate and proud to have them with us at Kevin.”

As head of CG, Dalzell brings years of experience as a CG supervisor and lead artist at top creative studios ranging from Digital Domain, MPC and Psyop, to The Mill, Sony Imageworks and Method. He was instrumental in look dev for the EMMY Award-winning Coca-Cola Heist; VFX gold Clio and British Arrow-winner Call of Duty Seize Glory and GE Childlike Imagination, honored with a D&AD Pencil in VFX. He has also worked on commercials for Nissan, BMW, Lexus, Visa,, Air Force and many others. 

VFX Supervisor Maniatis, both a renowned Flame artist and on-set VFX supervisor, has a wide breadth of experience in the US, London and his native Sydney. Maniatis’s work has been recognised with a series of awards including Cannes gold and silver Lions, Clio and Promax honors, and an EMMY for Coca-Cola Happiness Factory

Head of technology Loeffler is creating the studio’s production model using the latest Flame systems, high-end 3D workstations and render nodes and putting new networking and storage systems into place. Kevin’s new Culver City studio will open its doors in Q1, 2018. Loeffler will guide the current growth
in both hardware and software, plan for the future and make sure Kevin’s studio is optimised for the needs of production. He draws from over two decades experience successfully building out and expanding the technologies for some of the largest facilities in Los Angeles including MPC and Technicolor.


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