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Artemple-Hollywood Expands its In-House Creative Team

Richard KiddArtemple-Hollywood, a full-service visual effects and design studio, has expanded its in-house team with the addition of two seasoned industry veterans.

Wei Zheng, principal/executive creative director, announced the hiring of Richard Kidd (pictured) as the company’s new creative director/senior VFX supervisor. Most recently, Kidd was the on-set visual effects supervisor/visual effects producer for 20th Century Fox’s romantic drama, The Longest Ride, for director George Tillman, Jr. Kidd also was the VFX supervisor on the client side for Summit Entertainment’s hit film, Twilight, and action thriller, Man on a Ledge.

Kidd will be working in the areas of feature films, television, commercials, theme park content, special venue projects, digital content, and experiential marketing.

In addition, Zheng also named Scott McCullough as the company’s new in-house director and director of photography. McCullough is an award-winning commercial director who will specialize in live action production for Artemple’s clients seeking commercials, long form and digital content.

“This is an exciting time,” said Zheng. “We’re thrilled to bring two seasoned pros to our core creative team. Richard possesses a high level of expertise that is rare to find, especially with respect to visual effects supervision. Scott is a wonderful collaborator and we couldn’t be happier having him on board. As a director and DP, he brings a great deal of experience and talent to our company.”

“The opportunity to work alongside a tremendous talent like Wei, within in a state-of-the-art creative studio, was very exciting to me. I’m really looking forward to working with the entire Artemple team in helping filmmakers realize their vision,” adds Kidd.

“It’s an honor to be with such a talented group,” said McCullough. “Visual effects today play such an integral role in almost every shot. With this team’s level of skill, knowledge, and affiliation with top filmmakers and studios, we can collectively provide a turnkey solution and creative studio experience for our clients.”

About Richard Kidd:
Richard Kidd is best known for having pioneered the use of many technologies that are used in today’s digital effects, such as motion capture, fully computer-generated people, cyber scanning, digital water, and virtual sets. While at Digital Domain, Kidd formed and oversaw the team that generated all of the ocean water in director James Cameron’s Academy Award-winning film, Titanic. Subsequently, he was hired to work with the Wachowski brothers to design and breakdown the visual effects for the groundbreaking film The Matrix, while working at Manex VFX.

Throughout his career, Kidd has collaborated with some of the entertainment industry’s top directors and producers, including Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Wyck Godfrey, Grant Heslov, Catherine Hardwicke, and Rupert Wainwright.

Kidd is a former member of the Visual Effects Society Board of Directors and the Gnomon School of Visual Effects Advisory Board. He has lectured on visual effects and filmmaking at UCLA, the American Film Institute, The Art Institute of Los Angeles, the University of Florida, and the Entertainment Industry Development Council.

About Scott McCullough:
Scott McCullough is an award-winning commercial director with more than two decades of experience on highly acclaimed projects on behalf of national and international clients, commercial production companies, and advertising agencies. His clients have included Pepsi, Ford, NASCAR, GM, Polaris, Jeep, Coors, Home Depot, Target, Lowe’s, and Budweiser.

McCullough has been honored at the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) “The One Show,” the Cannes Advertising Awards, and the New York International Film Festival. He is a recipient of 22 TELLY Awards, a 2014 ADDY Award for Pepsi and NBC Universal’s  “Countdown to Now,” numerous EFFIE Awards, a Summit Award, a 2015 ADDY Award for the Print Campaign on EEH Healthcare, a 2015 TELLY Bronze Award on EEH Healthcare for Directing, and ITVA’s Adweek “Best Spot of the Year” honor, among many other accolades.

April 28, 2015