RICHARD R. HOOVER (Visual Effects Supervisor), whose visual effects work on Superman Returns and Armageddon earned him Oscar® nominations, is known for his broad creative palette. Just prior to beginning work on The Smurfs, Hoover supervised visual effects at Imageworks for the Warner Bros. feature comedy Cats and Dogs 2, the suspense thriller Valkyrie and a special assignment as the senior visual effects supervisor on Blade Runner: The Final Cut, the 2007 restoration of the classic.
Prior to joining Sony Pictures Imageworks in 2002, Hoover worked at Dream Quest Images, which later became The Secret Lab, for more than a decade. While at the company, he was Visual Effects Supervisor on Touchstone Pictures Reign of Fire and Unbreakable and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Inspector Gadget.
Earlier in his career, Hoover also served as Visual Effects Supervisor on the Walt Disney’s Jungle to Jungle and the Warner Bros. film, Freejack.
Hoover entered feature film visual effects through a successful career as a commercial director, establishing his reputation with deft production of commercials rich in visual effects. Hoover was one of the first directors at Dream Quest (DQ) Image’s commercial division, DQ Films, where he designed, shot and supervised effects shots. During his tenure at DQ Films, Hoover directed the movie trailer for Total Recall.
Before moving to DQ Films, Hoover directed live action spots for New York-based Triplevision and the legendary Robert Abel & Associates. At Robert Abel & Associates, Hoover worked with renowned and innovative commercial filmmaker, Robert Abel, a leading pioneer in computer graphics and visual effects for film and television. With Abel, he had the opportunity to direct a variety of high profile commercials for national clients, such as Levi’s, combining live action, computer graphics and a wide range of visual effects. Hoover soon won several prestigious Clio awards and honors at film festivals in Cannes, New York and Chicago.
Hoover began his career at Mid-Ocean Motion Pictures in Los Angeles where he tackled both live action and computer generated visual effects assignments. Here he demonstrated a keen understanding of character and drama as well as a mastery of cutting-edge technology.
Hoover is a graduate of the University of Oregon where he majored in Design with an emphasis in animation.
RITA RYACK (Costume Designer) has designed costumes for around 40 feature films, including Hairspray and the currently filming Rock Of Ages for Adam Shankman.
Among her other prominent projects are Casino, Cape Fear, After Hours, all for Martin Scorsese; and with Robert DeNiro, Wag The Dog and A Bronx Tale. She designed 6 films for director Ron Howard, including Apollo 13, Ransom, The Paper, Edtv, A BeautifulMind, and The Grinch, the last of which earned her an Oscar® nomination. Other notable films include Charlotte’s Web, Rush Hour 2 for New Line, Mitchell Lichtenstein’s Teeth, and “You Don’t Know Jack” with Al Pacino, which received an Emmy nomination for Costume Design.
Ryack has also worked extensively on and Off-Broadway. she received a Tony nomination for the Broadway musical “My One and Only,” which starred Tommy Tune and Twiggy.
Her other awards and nominations include the OBIE for Sustained Excellence in Costume Design, The Costume Designers’ Guild Award and Golden Satellite Award for “The Grinch,” and American Theatre Wing and Drama desk nominations.
She most recently designed the acclaimed “Time Stands Still” on Broadway, and the NBC pilot “Smash,” produced by Steven Spielberg.
She also designed the 82nd Annual Academy Awards® for Adam Shankman, and Michael Jackson’s “Bad” video, directed by Martin Scorsese.
Ryack is a former cartoon animator who has written and illustrated, and continues to write, her own evil graphic novels.
She is a graduate of Yale Drama School.
HEITOR PEREIRA(Music by) is establishing a reputation for bringing international flavors to mainstream American scores. From a Santa Monica studio jammed with hundreds of instruments from around the world, Pereira has composed scores for FromPrada to Nada, Despicable Me, It’s Complicated, Running the Sahara, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Illegal Tender, Curious George, Ask the Dust, RealWomen Have Curves, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights and Riding in Cars With Boys.
Pereira attracted Hans Zimmer’s attention for his outstanding skills as a guitarist. Zimmer hired Pereira to play on a few scores, and soon Pereira was following in the footsteps of other well-known musicians-turned-film- composers including Zimmer, James Newton Howard and Danny Elfman. Pereira has played guitar on and/or contributed music to the scores of Mission:Impossible II, Black Hawk Down, Spanglish, As Good asIt Gets, I Am Sam, The Pledge, Something’s Gotta Give, Shrek 2, Madagascar, Man on Fire, Spy Kids 3-D: GameOver, The Rundown, Flushed Away, The Holiday, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, The SimpsonsMovie, The Kite Runner, Bee Movie, The Dark Knight and Angels & Demons.
Born to a family of musicians in the south of Brazil, Pereira completed his conservatory studies in guitar, harmony, counterpoint and composition in Rio de Janeiro. He quickly began playing with some of the leading artists in Brazil and attracted the attention of the producer of the band Simply Red. He entertained millions of fans around the world as that band’s lead guitarist. He has also released three solo albums of his own music. Throughout his career, Pereira has played guitar on the albums of widely diverse artists who esteem him as much for his unique sensibility as his astonishing guitar virtuosity. These artists include Sergio Mendes, Caetano Veloso, Ivan Lins, Jack Johnson, Bryan Adams, Sir Elton John, Willie Nelson, Shania Twain, Seal and Nelly Furtado.
Rob Engle (3D Visual Effects Supervisor) is a senior stereographer at Sony Pictures Imageworks and, with experience on over a dozen 3D features utilizing every production technique including conversion, rendering and native 3D photography, is regarded as one of the industry’s leading experts in stereoscopic production.
Engle recently completed 3D supervision on several films, including the Walt Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer production Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the Screen Gems feature Priest, and Columbia Pictures’ The Green Hornet. His next project is The Amazing Spider-Man.
Among his other credits, Engle supervised the stereoscopic adaptations of the films G-Force, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (co-supervisor), Beowulf, Monster House, Open Season, and the breakthrough release of Robert Zemeckis’ The Polar Express, which many credit as ushering in the modern era of stereoscopic filmmaking. He also supervised visual effects and post-production stereography on Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience and Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D.
In addition to his work on stereoscopic films, Engle served as CG supervisor on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, which was nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Visual Effects, as well as Peter Pan, Charlie’s Angels:Full Throttle, and Stuart Little 2.
Both a creative and technical artist, Engle was a pipeline supervisor on the 2D release of The Polar Express, where he coordinated the activities of a number of different departments to build the pipeline needed for Imageworks’ first all-CG feature. On Stuart Little 2, he headed up the R&D team, where he was responsible for creating Stuart’s avian co-stars, Margalo and Falcon. Engle also developed the lighting pipeline and initial R&D for the tools used to create Stuart’s fur in the original Stuart Little, which was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Visual Effects. Engle was the lighting pipeline lead on Godzilla, lead production software engineer on Contact and software developer for the RenderMan interface on Anaconda. Engle joined Imageworks in 1996 as lead software engineer on Imageworks’ in-house RenderMan interface.
With interest and the marketplace for 3D growing, Engle’s artistic and technical expertise have made him a highly sought-after speaker at industry events including The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, SIGGRAPH, the VES Summit, the International 3D Society, the Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Conference, the SMPTE Technical Conference, the Hollywood Post Alliance, HD Expo and special speaking engagements for the ASC among others.
Engle is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), The Visual Effects Society (VES) Board of Directors and the International 3D Society (I3DS) Board of Governors.
Before joining Imageworks, Engle interned in the software department at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and worked for the Hewlett Packard Company developing the IC Computer Aided Design software used to create many of the company’s computer and test equipment products
Engle holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Colorado.
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