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Black Logic Signs Special Effects Director David Lane

(July 26, 2001)
Black Logic is making its move onto the global commercial production stage by signing London-based spot and feature film special effects director David Lane, announced Black Logic vice president and executive producer Karen Stewart.

"With David (Lane) on the Black Logic team, we can offer clients an expanded perspective on visual effects. David's practical approach to visual effects and his distinctive method of completing effects in post, allows Black Logic to offer its clients new creative problem solving capabilities that go well beyond the traditional post production visual effects tool box," said Stewart. "He is that rare director who is accomplished in all facets of visual effects directing, from live action to miniatures to 3-D motion capture, Lane excels at them all."

In the U.S, Lane will be represented by Black Logic head of sales Ivan Molomut. In Europe, his partner and longtime producer Michelle Fabian-Jones will maintain representation.

"Lane has a keen appreciation for the Black Logic approach," said Ivan Molomut. "His practical live effects mentality and outstanding out-of-the-box solutions are unrivalled. He is a storyteller who directs in 3-D, who moves easily between tabletop, people, models, whatever, as long as its focus is visual effects. As an added bonus, our clients will benefit from the favorable exchange rate and the expanded work day due to the time difference between London and New York City."

The Black Logic directorial roster now includes: director David Lane, designer director Allesandro Swainston, and designer Patrick Ferguson.

David Lane has 30 years experience in filmmaking as an effects oriented live action director. He started his career as an editor and moved to directing while under contract to ITC television, which was run by the late Lord Lew Grade.

He made his directing debut in television with the cult series "Thunderbirds" and moved on to features with "Thunderbirds Are Go" and "Thunderbird 6."

His recent television credits include "Space 1999" and "Stingray." Other television credits are "UFO," "Captain Scarlet and the Mysterions" and "Catwezel."

Lane entered the television commercial arena and has racked up many awards both in the UK, at Cannes, and in the US. He entered the USA Hall of Fame with Newcastle Brown Ale, which is hailed as a classic advert.

After winning awards for his ability to mix live action and special effects, Lane was asked to direct the 2nd unit on "Superman "1 2 3 and 4, as well as effects for "Supergirl" and "Santa Claus," starring Dudley Moore. He returned to commercials, taking up a 10 year residency at R/Greenberg, New York, with his producer Michéle Fabian-Jones.

Other US award winners include: the PSA "Moment of Glory," and the Shell dancing cars campaign, where he was the first director to use motion capture as a new 3-D animation technique.

Lane maintains a 15 year-old production company based at Shepperton Studios, London, England, with his producer partner Michéle Fabian-Jones. They have four divisions: commercials, TV and feature films, new media and live events, all of which are creatively driven by the director.

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