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Kutchaver and Zielinski Form HimAni Productions

Effects Facility's First Project is 100 Shots for Tremors 3 (October 02, 2001)
HimAnI Productions, Inc., a new, boutique visual effects design and production company, has been co-founded in Burbank by veteran visual effects wizard Kevin Kutchaver who will serve as President and will executive produce visual effects projects, and Kathy Zielinski, an award winning animator, and presently a supervising animator with DreamWorks Animation, for who will serve HimAnI as Designer and Co-creator for in-house projects.

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. Most recently, Mr. Kutchaver had been President and Founder of Flat Earth Productions, one of Hollywood's leading visual effects houses, 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." Ms. Zielinski has been since l996, and remains, a supervising animator with Dreamworks Feature Animation.

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," which is currently 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 of 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."

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