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29/08/2002

Mill Film name new managing director

Mill Film have named Karl Mooney as the company's new managing director.
Mooney, a founder director of Mill Film who has served as the company's visual effects supervisor on both Tomb Raider and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, will report directly to Chief Executive Officer Robin Shenfield. Former managing director Antony Hunt will step down with immediate effect.
The management change follows the recent decision by Mill Film to centralise all its digital film effects facilities at the Soho base and focus operations at Shepperton Studios towards physical production. Model and motion control work for the upcoming Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harrison Ford's K-19 were completed at Mill Film's Shepperton location.
Robin Shenfield, CEO of Mill Film, commented: "As one of Mill Film's senior visual effects supervisors Karl has been at the forefront of developing the excellent creative reputation of Mill Film. He will now continue to oversee the creative output of the company but also lead the Soho team as it develops new digital film-making skills, including the development of CG characters for projects already in development for 2003.'
Mooney, who joined Mill Film in 1997, has played a key role as visual effects supervisor not only for Harry Potter and Tomb Raider but also Gangster No 1, My Life so Far, and Babe; Pig in the City. Since fellow Mill Film supervisor Tim Burke picked up an Oscar for best visual effects for Ridley Scott's Gladiator last year, Mill Film has worked on several high profile films, three of which - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Black Hawk Down and Cats & Dogs - were in the 'bake-offs' for this years visual effects Oscars.
Antony Hunt was managing director of Shepperton-based The Magic Camera Company, which was acquired by Mill Film in 1998. Hunt became managing director of both Shepperton and Soho Mill Film locations in January 2000.
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