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Flat Earth Founder and DreamWorks Animator Form HimAnl Productions

Visual effects design and production company By DMN Staff Writer
HimAnI Productions, Inc., a boutique visual effects design and production company, has been co-founded by visual effects wizard Kevin Kutchaver and animator Kathy Zielinski.

HimAnI Productions will specialize in the creation of original visual effects for feature films, television projects, and home entertainment releases. At present, the company employs over a dozen visual effects artists and producers.

Kutchaver was most recently President and Founder of Hollywood visual effects house Flat Earth Productions, best known for its work on the TV series Hercules and Xena, and on the feature films Blade, Mortal Kombat II, and Dungeons and Dragons.

Zielinski has been a Supervising Animator with DreamWorks Animation since 1996, and will remain in that position. She will serve HimAnI as Designer and Co-creator for in-house projects. During her years with DreamWorks, she has animated characters appearing in such films as The Prince of Egypt, The Road to El Dorado, and the upcoming Spirit of the Cimmaron. Prior to DreamWorks, she was an animator for 13 years with the Walt Disney Studios, working on such films as The Black Cauldron, The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, Aladdin, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

The first project for HimAnI Productions was the design, creation and production of over 100 visual effects shots for the film Tremors 3, being released by Universal Home Video. That film was produced by Stampede Entertainment and Nancy Roberts, with Brent Maddock directing.

Co-founded in l995 by Kutchaver, Flat Earth Productions, Inc., was one of Hollywood's most successful visual effects boutique companies. The company provided all of the effects work for the international smash hit TV series Hercules from 1993-99 and for Xena from 1994 to 2000. Flat Earth also contributed over 80 shots to the hit Wesley Snipes feature film Blade, over 60 shots to Mortal Kombat II, and over 300 shots for Dungeons and Dragons.

Kutchaver, with over 20 years' experience in the visual effects industry, has worked on the design, creation and production of visual effects for over 150 feature films and television projects. These include: Return of the Jedi, Ghostbusters II, Beetlejuice, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Addams Family I and II, the RoboCop films, and Big Trouble in Little China. He also animated and composited digital effects for the critically acclaimed television series Babylon 5.

For more information, visit the HimAnI website at

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