Frantic Films VFX, a division of Prime Focus Group, announced it has brought on board award-winning Art Director and Motion Graphics Supervisor Neil Huxley. Huxley's experience working in feature film titles design and motion graphics sequences-he recently completed the opening title sequence for Zack Snyder's "Watchmen" and was lead art director for motion graphics on Neveldine/Taylor's upcoming movie "Gamer"-is already being put to use on a high-profile stereoscopic 3D project currently in the Frantic Films production pipeline.
"I've been closely following Neil's career for years," said Chris Bond, President & Creative Director, Frantic Films. "In addition to being an immensely talented designer, Neil has a deep knowledge of visual effects and as a live-action filmmaker himself, understands every aspect of the production process. He's passionate, a perfectionist and a natural leader-qualities I look for in anyone who joins the Frantic team."
Neil Huxley is a native of South London, whose resume highlights include working on the main title designs for the films "Watchmen," "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," and the forthcoming movie "The Wolfman." He comes to Frantic from yU+co, where, as an art director, he oversaw design and animation teams and was responsible for writing treatments, storyboarding, pitching concepts to clients and directing projects through to completion. Before relocating to Hollywood, Huxley was a Flame artist and senior VFX designer at Digital Pictures Iloura in Melbourne, Australia. There, he art directed title sequences, television commercials and broadcast graphics for clients such as Diet Coke, Warner Bros.TV, Target, Universal Pictures, Working Title, Studio Canal and MTV Australia.
Growing up in a family of fine artists-both his father and brother are painters-has informed much of Huxley's aesthetic and approach, as he aims to intertwine digital and traditional design techniques into his work. A longtime filmmaker with several short films under his belt, Huxley wrote and is directing a feature-length documentary about East London ex-professional boxer turned actor Jimmy Flint that is being produced with funding from the Australian Film Commission.
"I'm really excited about joining Frantic Films and having the opportunity to work so closely with Chris Bond and Mike Fink, two veterans of the visual effects industry who I really admire," said Neil Huxley, art director, Frantic Films VFX. "I love the conceptual ideas and metaphors of title design-it's like a short film living within a feature film, with the two narratives deeply connected. So I look forward to leveraging my background in title design to help bring those sorts of projects to Frantic."