November 20, 2006


"This is a strategic move for us," explains Dan Schmit, the visual effects supervisor and cinematographer who founded Engine Room in 2001. "The opportunity to live within a production community was a significant draw. Further, it allows us to expand into a welcoming environment designed from the ground up with space for all of the interconnected departments and visiting clients in mind."

Engine Room offers computer animation and visual effects, as well as a live action unit that handles cinematic effects shoots, plus other motion picture and HD specialty productions. The studio's credit list includes the recent Weinstein feature Pulse, Paramount's upcoming Freedom Writers, and the Universal release of Nick Cassevetes' Alpha Dog. Television credits include the upcoming FX Network series Dirt, as well as the current Disney television series The Suite Life and Cory in the House, both shot at Hollywood Center Studios.

As part of the move Engine Room's technical and working infrastructure has been expanded. A major element includes the integration of new Web-based studio management software that the company originally beta-tested, and has now fully embraced. Called Shotgun, it allows artists, producers and clients to check the status of every aspect of current visual effects jobs from on or off-site on any computer with an Internet connection.