JAMIE IS THE PRESIDENT OF HAMMERHEAD PRODUCTIONS. He has been making feature films since the late 1980's and became a member of the Motion Picture Academy in 1993. He was one of the first employees of Pacific Data Images and the founder and head of their feature film division. At Pacific Data Images Jamie developed digital scanning and printing techniques that were among the earliest stirrings of modern digital filmmaking. His digital wire removals in Terminator 2 were one of the first examples of what has now become a common process. Jamie's creation of the face transitions from Michael Jackson's Black and White music video made the word "morphing" a permanent part of our cultural lexicon.
In addition to supervising visual effects work at Hammerhead, Jamie has also taken the role of VFX supervisor for the production, overseeing 900 shots on Green Hornet that were distributed between 5 companies and 42, sharing 550 shots between 3 companies.
Pursuing his interest in storytelling, Jamie has directed two feature films and a series of short subject, fully animated 3D cartoons.
JAMIE DIXON - PRESIDENT, VFX SUPERVISOR, DIRECTOR
DAN CHUBA - VICE PRESIDENT, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
REBECCA MARIE - PARTNER, VFX PRODUCER, ART DIRECTOR
JUSTIN IS A VISUAL EFFECTS SUPERVISOR AND HAS SUPERVISED NUMEROUS SHOWS AT HAMMERHEAD OVER THE YEARS. ORIGINALLY FROM SEATTLE, HE GRADUATED FROM THE ART INSTITUTE OF SEATTLE WITH A DEGREE IN COMPUTER ANIMATION. HE JOINED THE HAMMERHEAD TEAM IN 2000 AND BECAME A PARTNER IN THE COMPANY IN 2010.
MARK RECEIVED A PH.D. IN COMPUTER GRAPHICS FROM UC BERKLEY IN 1985 WITH ED CATMULL, CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF PIXAR, AS HIS THESIS ADVISOR. MR. DIPPE WENT TO WORK FOR ILM WHERE HE PIONEERED THE USE OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY IN FEATURE FILMS. HE WAS A DIGITAL VISUAL EFFECTS SUPERVISOR AND WAS ONE OF THE TOP CREATIVES RESPONSIBLE FOR SOME OF THE FIRST PHOTOREALISTIC CG CHARACTERS IN FILM INCLUDING THE PSUEDOPOD IN THE ABYSS; THE LIQUID METAL T-1000 IN TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY; AND THE DINOSAURS IN JURASSIC PARK. EACH OF THESE FILMS RECEIVED AN ACADEMY AWARD FOR VISUAL EFFECTS.
IN 1996 MR. DIPPE LEFT ILM TO DIRECT THE FEATURE FILM SPAWN FOR NEW LINE CINEMA. HE ALSO HELPED CREATE THE DIGITAL PRODUCTION COMPANY COMPLETE PANDEMONIUM WHERE HE DIRECTED OVER 50 COMMERCIALS FOR MAJOR MULTI-NATIONAL COMPANIES SUCH AS HONDA, TOYOTA, NTT, CRYSTAL GEYSER, HONG KONG TELECOM AND MAZDA. HE HAS DIRECTED SEVERAL MOVIES AND HAS WORKED EXTENSIVELY WITH COMPUTER ANIMATION COMPANIES FROM HONG KONG, JAPAN, KOREA, SHANGHAI, CANADA, THE UK AND THE US.
MICHELLE EISENREICH - HEAD OF PRODUCTION, VFX PRODUCER
Ken got his start in VFX in 2006 when he was a modeler and eventually lead animator for Motorola's new product release videos. He eventually moved on to work as a lighter and lead artist in commercials, working on projects for Mazda, Disney, HP, T-mobile among others. He started working at Hammerhead in 2013.
TRACE TRANSITIONED INTO IT ADMINISTRATION FOR THE VFX INDUSTRY IN 2007 WITH HALON ENTERTAINMENT. SHE HAS SINCE WORKED AT METHOD STUDIOS, TGROUP PRODUCTIONS, WARNER BROTHERS 2D ANIMATION AND LAZERCAD LLC BEFORE JOINING HAMMERHEAD IN EARLY 2014. AS THE SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR SHE OVERSEES MACHINE ROOM OPERATIONS, NETWORK MANAGEMENT, SECURITY, AND DESKTOP SUPPORT TO MAKE SURE ARTIST AND PROJECT TECHNICAL NEEDS ARE ADDRESSED.
AS A FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF THE COMPANY, DAN HAS OVERSEEN DIGITAL EFFECTS AND ANIMATION ON OVER 100 MAJOR MOTION PICTURES. DAN HAS PRODUCED ALL NINE OF OUR COMPUTER ANIMATED FEATURE FILMS INCLUDING OUR MOST RECENT RELEASE, THE BOXCAR CHILDREN, WHICH HE ALSO DIRECTED.
HIS LEADERSHIP IN THE DIGITAL CONTENT BUSINESS HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED IN NUMEROUS FORUMS INCLUDING ARTICLES FROM THE ECONOMIST, FORBES, THE AMERICAN ENTERPRISE, THE NEW YORK TIMES, AND WIRED MAGAZINE. HE WAS PROFILED IN JOEL KOTKIN'S BEST SELLER THE NEW GEOGRAPHY: HOW THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION IS RESHAPING THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE AND IN THE BOOK SMALL GIANTS, BY INC. MAGAZINE EDITOR BO BURLINGGAME.
MR. CHUBA IS A GRADUATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN AND RECEIVED A MASTERS DEGREE IN ANIMATION FROM CALARTS.
REBECCA IS ONE OF THE FOUNDING PARTNERS OF HAMMERHEAD AND CURRENTLY IS ONE OF HAMMERHEAD'S VISUAL EFFECTS PRODUCERS. SHE IS AN EXPERIENCED ART DIRECTOR, MATTE PAINTER AND HAS BEEN VISUAL EFFECTS SUPERVISOR FOR VARIOUS FILMS INCLUDING BAZ LUHRMANN'S ROMEO + JULIET. REBECCA HAS WORKED ON OVER 60 FILMS AT HAMMERHEAD. HER BACKGROUND IS A MIXTURE OF VISUAL ART AND COMPUTER PROGRAMMING AND SHE HOLDS A BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS DEGREE WITH A MAJOR IN PAINTING.
JUSTIN JONES - PARTNER, VFX SUPERVISOR
MARK DIPPE - DIRECTOR
MICHELLE JOINED HAMMERHEAD IN 2000 AND HAS SERVED AS A VFX PRODUCER ON 50+ FEATURE FILMS. IN 2011 SHE BECAME THE HEAD OF PRODUCTION FOR THE COMPANY, OVERSEEING THE OPERATION OF THE FACILITY INCLUDING STAFFING, MANAGEMENT, PRODUCTION AND DELIVERY FOR ALL VFX PROJECTS. SHE IS A GRADUATE OF THE FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MOTION PICTURE, TELEVISION AND RECORDING ARTS AND HAS BACKGROUND IN VIDEO GAME PRODUCTION, EDITORIAL, AND PRACTICAL PHOTOGRAPHY.
KEN PELLEGRINO - CG SUPERVISOR
TRACE BLOOMER - SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR