Sun. May 28th, 2023

Leading VFX Studio Names New Key Hire to the Executive Team

Crafty Apes, a full-service visual effects powerhouse, has expanded its executive team by appointing Sean Looper as their new Chief Technology Officer.

Looper’s 25 years in digital content creation includes product development, engineering management, software engineering, and business development roles at companies such as Amazon Web Services, DreamWorks Animation, and Sony Pictures Imageworks where he led VFX-focused technology initiatives and new product development.

“I’m excited to join Crafty Apes at this unprecedented time in our industry,” Looper remarked. “There’s great opportunity to facilitate the creativity and productivity of artists around the world by leveraging cutting edge technology—such as AI/ML and cloud infrastructure—to meet the rapidly growing demand for content with the highest visual fidelity. With Crafty Apes ingenuity and extraordinary reputation for delivering results, the potential for innovation is limitless.”

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As a patent holder in cloud-driven interactive rendering technologies, with credits on over 50 feature films, Looper will drive technical strategy for Crafty Apes in cloud-based workstations, AI/ML utilization, asset management, and work-from-home enabling technologies. Active in the open-source community, Looper has been a member of the Academy Software Foundation’s Technical Advisory Council for the last three years.

Crafty Apes’ Chief Executive Officer, Craig German, commented, “I first worked with Sean almost 15 years ago when he was already a superstar in VFX solution development. Most recently, we were Amazon colleagues, with Sean leading the software team for a new suite of creative products for AWS. Sean has always been impressive, and we are fortunate to have him join us to continue refining our technology vision and lead our innovation efforts across the company.”

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