Image Engine hires veteran visual effects supervisors Christian Irles and Joern Grosshans

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Image Engine hires veteran visual effects supervisors Christian Irles and Joern Grosshans

Vancouver-based visual effects studio expands talent base

May 10, 2018

Academy Award-nominated visual effects studio Image Engine has appointed two visual effects supervisors to its Vancouver-based headquarters: Christian Irles and Joern Grosshans.

The new appointments bring a wealth of experience to the team. This includes producing stunning visual effects work at MPC, Pixomondo and Image Engine’s partner company, Cinesite, on projects such as Mary Poppins Returns and Game of Thrones.

Christian and Joern’s leadership experience will greatly reinforce Image Engine’s existing skill set and technical proficiency. Their appointment enhances the continued growth and reputation of Image Engine as a world-class visual effects studio capable of delivering multiple projects across the globe, augmented by partner company Cinesite in Montreal and London.

Christian Irles, visual effects supervisor at Image Engine, says: “I’m delighted to join the Image Engine team, the calibre of work that is consistently released only highlights the talent of the artists at the studio. I’m looking forward to collaborating and powering Image Engine’s continued growth.”

Joern Grosshans, visual effects supervisor at Image Engine, says: “I’ve long admired Image Engine’s work, so I’m truly excited to be joining the team. I’m looking forward to sharing ideas and aiding in the already stellar work that the studio produces.”

Shawn Walsh, visual effects executive producer and general manager at Image Engine, says: “I’m thrilled to welcome two incredibly talented visual effects supervisors to the team as part of Image Engine’s continued evolution. Christian and Joern’s skill sets are wide-ranging, their creativity boundless and their leadership unequivocal.”

Christian Irles

Christian Irles is a visual effects supervisor with over 15 years’ experience in the visual effects industry. He joins Image Engine from partner company Cinesite, where he completed work on the blockbuster adaptation of the Assassin’s Creed video game and the eagerly awaited upcoming Mary Poppins Returns. Previously, Christian worked for MPC in their London, Vancouver and Montreal studios, delivering work on projects such as The Golden Compass, Poseidon and Into the Woods. Christian’s creative leadership and his eye for detail elevates every project he supervises, a talent which he will bring to bear on a slate of upcoming Image Engine engagements.

Joern Grosshans

Joern Grosshans is an Emmy and VES Award-winning visual effects supervisor with 14 years experience in the industry. Joern has supervised titles such as Independence Day: Resurgence on behalf of Mackevision, and Star Trek: Into Darkness, Oblivion, and Academy Award Winner for Best Achievement in Visual Effects Hugo, on behalf of Pixomondo. He has also acted as visual effects supervisor on six seasons of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Joern has an in-depth understanding of visual effects from development through to delivery, offering expertise at every stage of production.

Image Engine is currently working on a slate of new projects, including Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald; Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom; and Legendary Pictures’ Skyscraper. Recent projects include Game of Thrones, Lost in Space and Thor: Ragnarok. Irles and Grosshans will be based at Image Engine’s Vancouver headquarters.


About Image Engine

Based in Vancouver BC, Image Engine is a world-class visual effects studio led by a team of creative and passionate individuals who are committed to furthering the art of visual storytelling, and helping our exceptionally talented crew to push the boundaries of artistic and technical achievement.

Well known for our Academy Award nominated work on Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, we have gone on to create numerous incredible creatures, epic environments and extraordinary digital effects for a broad range of feature films including Jurassic World, Game of Thrones, Final Fantasy: Kingsglaive.

In July of 2015 we merged with Cinesite, an industry leader in visual effects and feature animation services. This alliance ensures that both our companies are well positioned to deliver world-class visual effects and animation services to our mutual global customer base.



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