Scanline VFX has added Derek Spears and Nicolas "Nic" Aithadi to its global VFX monitoring team. Together, the two have 40 years of experience in the VFX industry. The company has continued to expand its oversight team to handle current projects like Black Widow, Free Guy, Godzilla vs. Kong, Terminator: Dark Fate, and Gemini Man. Titles currently in production and slated for 2021 include Eternals, The Suicide Squad, The Batman, Lisey's Story, Fengshen Trilogy, The Jade Earring, and The Nevers.
Spears joins Scanline as a visual effects supervisor in Los Angeles. Before joining the team, he spent 18 years with Rhythm and Hues, followed by a three-year stint with Pixomondo. In addition to his extensive list of film credits, he was most recently involved in bringing film-quality work to broadcast and streaming platforms in television series such as Westworld, Watchmen, Game of Thrones, Black Sails and The Walking Dead. He is a three-time Emmy Award winner, a VES award winner and a two-time HPA award winner.
The VFX House has also added Nic Aithadi to their team as their visual effects supervisor in Vancouver. Aithadi had previously been with MPC for almost 18 years, where he worked as a VFX supervisor. His recent credits include Dolittle, The Dark Tower, and Monster Trucks. He is currently overseeing Scanline's work on Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Aithadi received both Oscar and BAFTA nominations for his work on Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as an additional BAFTA nomination for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
"The combined know-how that Derek and Nic bring with them will help Scanline to further expand the limits of the possibilities of visual effects in the coming years", commented Stephan Trojansky, President of Scanline. "You couldn't be a better fit for the company, and I'm delighted that your new projects are coming together."