Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001

Shade VFX Welcomes VFX Supervisor Everett Burrell

Visual effects supervisor Everett Burrell has joined shade VFX on 21 May to work on feature film and television projects in both of shade’s Los Angeles and New York locations. Everett departs LOOK Effects to become part of shade’s management team of vice president/executive producer David Van Dyke and business development executive Lisa Maher and will report to CEO Bryan Godwin, shade’s founder, owner and visual effects supervisor.

Bryan said, “I’ve long been a fan of Everett’s work and it’s fantastic to have a supervisor of his stature and known passion for visual effects be a part of our company. His talent, creativity and on-set supervision experience and production skills will be a huge benefit for both our clients and our artistic team.”


Everett has a 25 year career in digital and practical effects behind him.  After beginning his career working with Stan Winston, Greg Cannom and Rick Baker in practical creature and makeup effects, Everett formed his own company, Optic Nerve, with John Vulich. There he worked with George Romero on ‘The Dark Hall’ and on the remake of ‘Night of the Living Dead’ with Tom Savini. Everett went on to contribute to the TV series ‘Babylon 5’, for which he received an Emmy, and then began using his digital skills on other television shows including ‘Hercules’, ‘Ally McBeal’, ‘Charmed’ and ‘Dune’.

In 2003, Everett joined Café FX where he combined his abilities in practical and digital effects. His credits there included ‘Blade III’, ‘Sin City’, ‘Hellboy’, ‘The Mist’ and ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’. In 2007 Everett became an independent visual effects supervisor and his recent credits include ‘Max Payne’, ‘Battle Los Angeles’, ‘Prometheus’, ‘Warm Bodies’, ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’ and ‘Fury’.

Shade VFX at Work

“When Bryan approached me to join shade VFX, I knew this would be a great fit,” said Everett. He also noted the company’s efforts to develop a dynamic, solid company during challenging times in the visual effects industry. “They’re well equipped to take on a level of VFX and animation that rivals many larger effects studios. Their passion and desire to create unique visuals and to find creative solutions to directors’ visions are totally in step with my philosophy and I’m excited to be part of shade’s future,” he said.

Everett will join shade VFX on their current production schedule that includes the movies ‘Poltergeist’ for MGM, ‘McFarland’ for Disney, ‘Max Steel’ for Dolphin Entertainment and ‘Annie’ for Sony. In television, shade LA is in production on the upcoming mini-series ‘Olive Kitteridge’ for HBO/Playtone, and a D.J. Caruso project is underway in the New York facility.

Shade recently completed work on Sony’s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ and Disney’s ‘Million Dollar Arm’, and was recently sole vendor on Open Road’s ‘Chef’.

In March 2014, Shade opened a new studio in Manhattan. Shade’s LA facility in Santa Monica includes stage space that can accommodate greenscreen shoots.
Shade VFX combines the structure of a boutique studio with aspects of a larger company including a solid infrastructure, pipeline and equipment, and the staff consists of experienced senior artists as well as talented juniors, which helps to create production efficiencies and an edge in a competitive industry.  www.shadevfx.com