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Oktobor, Auckland, 18 September 2009: Award winning visual effects and animation studio Oktobor announces four new appointments.
 
Oktobor GM Patrick McAteer said, “These four new appointments signal our continued growth and strategic expansion in the market. Oktobor’s recruitment policy is strictly the best talent combined with expertise and the right attitude. I’m delighted to say all four appointments fit these criteria.”
 
The first appointment is quite a coup for Oktobor with Bruce Everett joining as Head of Production. Everett brings with him a huge depth of knowledge and strong technical background gained from many years spent in the post production world in the UK, the US and Australia, most recently working at Pinewood Shepperton, Ascent Media and Soho 601.
 
Commenting on Everett’s selection for the role McAteer said, “Oktobor has always had and continues to have a strong focus on creative and design. The other key areas to our business are the technology and support services teams we use and then how we use these elements to service our clients. So, to make sure that we have continuity between these key elements, you need to have someone who can sit across technology and production – Bruce Everett is that person. Bruce and I met through a film acquaintance and immediately identified a huge opportunity to utilise Bruce’s vast experience in facilities management at Oktobor. He has already implemented a robust facilities strategy that enhances our input and output, giving a seamless link between our creative teams and the wider production teams. Bruce’s steady hand at Oktobor is proving to be very popular with our clients.”
 
Bruce Everett said, “I’ve worked in post-production most of my life – both as a client/producer and as a facilities guy on features, TV long-form and commercials. I love it – the people, the culture, the process, the kit. At Oktobor I can satisfy my taste for being part of something that’s being done better. There is such a great creative DNA here and there is huge scope for me to contribute to the success of this company. I’m looking forward to strengthening and supporting Oktobor’s team as the company continues to grow in stature on the world stage.”
 
Oktobor’s second major appointment is Andy Dill, their new Head of Flame direct from Los Angeles. Dill’s resume reads like a who’s who of people and clients to work with. His credits include working as a VFX Supervisor, VFX designer and Flame Artist at major industry institutions such as Iron Claw, Troublemaker Studios and Logan/Mork&Lys. His client and project lists boast the feature film ‘Shorts’ and TVCs for TGI Fridays, Apple, Nike, Nintendo and Toyota.
 
Commenting on Dill’s appointment Patrick McAteer said, “If a man sends a picture of his white rabbit to you, and tells you that he wants to move to NZ, I figure he’s got to be good – it’s like something out of the Matrix. Andy is all about the creative, his achievements in 2D are huge, and that’s the start. Add in the success he has had in Flame working at some of the top craft houses in the states; Imaginary Forces, Logan and Iron Claw, he is going to bring a lot to and compliment well our strong, highly-awarded creative teams at Oktobor.”
 
Andy Dill added, “I was attracted to Oktobor because of their consistent and inspiring work. They are one of those rare companies that are able to pull off both design and visual effects and are very much the forefront of where the industry is heading. I’m very excited to be a part of it.”
 
Oktobor’s third new appointment is Ganesh Raj Ganesh Raj as Account Director. Raj joins Oktobor as a highly motivated and passionate producer/director/marketing consultant with 15 years experience within the television and advertising industries in Asia, Australia and New Zealand.  Uniquely Raj has owned and run a number of businesses including Interactive Audience – the innovative digital creation and delivery company, Feline Films NZ and Feline Films Asia.
 
Of Raj’s appointment Patrick McAteer said, “Ganesh has a great mix of experience in production, VFX, creative and account management. In other words he’s worked on both sides of the agency/client fence and knows exactly what’s going on and what to expect. He’s also one of the most engaging and enthusiastic people you will ever meet which makes him the perfect person to represent Oktobor and means will get the very best for our clients.”
 
Ganesh Raj added, “In the TVC, VFX and animation markets having the opportunity to work for a company like Oktobor must be taken with both hands. They are a dynamic company who deliver a very high standard of work – a perfect environment for me. I’m very excited at the possibilities and opportunities here.”
 
Oktobor’s final appointment is the promotion of Lakshman Anandanayagam to Flame Artist. Anandanayagam who also has significant experience with After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Photoshop and Modul8 has worked on a range of commercials, TV shows and films editing motion graphics, titles and visual effects for clients including Kraft Haus Films, Red Sky Films, Martin Square and Nektar Creative.
 
Patrick McAteer said, “Lakshman’s talents are as long as his name. He started as a junior flame artist, working on music videos and building up his skills and reputation as a talented artist. Lakshman is someone who has been a star at Oktobor and has had a quick rise to fame delivering outstanding creative outcomes.”
 
Lakshman Anandanayagam added, “It’s all about making amazing work. Oktobor is the premier VFX house in NZ and my aim when I graduated was to, one day, work here. The people who work here are at the top of their game, down-to-earth and fun to work with. I continue to learn from these amazingly talented people every day. The latest campaign I’m working on is great because of the opportunity to collaborate with other talent in the building. I’m a big believer in many heads providing better solutions. This approach been enjoyable for all involved and has resulted in an exceptional outcome that far exceeded our clients’ expectations.”
 
Patrick McAteer concluded, “These four appointments are very much the tip of a major strategic iceberg for Oktobor. There is more big news on a range of subjects to come out of Oktobor in 2009 and 2010. It’s an exciting time for us so watch this space.”

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