CGI and VFX supervisor Ben Cowell-Thomas joins Prime Focus

MUMBAI: Renowned CGI and VFX supervisor Ben Cowell-Thomas has joined the Mumbai commercials division of Prime Focus.

In his new role, Ben would be responsible for overseeing seamless delivery of VFX commercials in Mumbai.

Ben will work along with creative directors Huzefa Lokhadwala and Prakash Kurup to expand Prime Focus’ recently revamped Khar facility. In addition, he will further develop the international production pipeline working with Juan Pablo Brockhaus, recently appointed VFX supervisor in London, and Jake Braver managing VFX supervisor at the newly launched New York facility.

Ben has created award winning commercials and short films across a wide variety of media including CG, live action, stop-motion and interactive. Awards to his credit include a Grand Prize (Ottawa), BTAA Silver Award, Grand Prize (International 3D Awards) and an Oscar nomination. His work has taken him around the world with stints at Condor Post in London, Ambience Entertainment in Sydney, Australia and as a 3D Animation and VFX lecturer for Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore.

Some of the recent projects Ben has been involved in include Intel The Chase, Honda This Unpredictable Life, Coca Cola Avatar, Coca Cola Videogame and Toyota Scion Transformer.

Said Prime Focus co-founder and creative director Huzefa Lokhandwala, “Ben’s appointment is of great essence to us. His talent and invaluable experience will complement the incredible talent we already have at our VFX Studio. We look forward expanding our Khar VFX offering with Ben on board.”

Said Prime Focus VP for films and commercials in India Niraj Sanghai, "Ben joining the team in India is of great significance not only to what it will bring to our Mumbai offering, but also to our global offering. The appointment of Ben, Juan and Jake at our key offices in Mumbai, London and New York respectively will allow us to present high-end creativity to local markets whilst utilising our Global Digital Pipeline to unite these cities."

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