Jellyfish Pictures has expanded its senior creative team with two key appointments, naming Nicolas Hernandez VFX supervisor and Kevin Hoppe CG supervisor.
With a career spanning nearly 20 years, Hernandez joins Jellyfish Pictures after six years at the London-based VFX studio Milk Visual Effects, which he also co-founded. Hernandez’s VFX and CG supervisor credits include the feature films 4 Kids and It, Annihilation, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Snow White and the Huntsman and The Divergent Series: Insurgent, among others.
For television, Hernandez’s credits include Altered Carbon, 24: Live Another Day and BBC One’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Before co-founding Milk, Hernandez enjoyed an eight-year stint at the London VFX powerhouse The Mill. During this time at The Mill, he led his team on many high-profile television dramas earning him five VES nominations.
In his new appointment to VFX supervisor, Hernandez will bring his understanding of the entire VFX workflow to every project and encourage the very best out of his team.
Hernandez said, “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.”
Additionally, Kevin Hoppe joins Jellyfish Pictures from the 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 that includes Home, Turbo, How to Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda 2.
Hoppe’s responsibilities at Jellyfish Pictures will see him utilize his skills of managing and developing teams, overseeing the evolution of Jellyfish Pictures’ feature animation pipeline, ensuring artists can be as efficient and empowered as possible to deliver the highest quality of work.
Hoppe said, “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 of Jellyfish Pictures, added, “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.”