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Side Effects Software Appoints Craig Zerouni

Zerouni to serve as Production Consultant (January 10, 2005)

Side Effects Software, developer of the award-winning Houdini family of 3D software, announced today the appointment of Craig Zerouni as Production Consultant. The addition of Zerouni to Side Effects Softwares production team will further establish the companys position as an essential partner for production studios. In this role, Zerouni and team will collaborate directly with production studios and technical directors to help build superior CG pipelines and create cutting-edge digital animation for feature films.

As a 20-year veteran, Zerouni has extensive experience in film production and is credited on dozens of feature films. Among other credits, he served as a technical director at Rhythm & Hues for Daredevil and digital effects director on Beyond Rangoon. Through his work with CFX Associates and Silicon Grail, he has also consulted with production studios on films such as First Knight and Godzilla, as well as on The Prince of Eqypt for Dreamworks SKG and the Walt Disney hit, Hercules. In addition to his production work in film, Zerouni has supervised the special effects for hundreds of television commercials.

Side Effects Software is frequently consulted by digital producers and technical directors to assist in overcoming CG pipeline challenges and contributing to the creation of complex 3D animation. Due to his broad technical knowledge of special effects software, Zerouni lends his expertise to production studios to bring their artistic visions to life in feature films.

?Craig Zerounis extensive experience producing CG films will be a tremendous asset to Side Effects Software, said Tony Cristiano, COO and Vice President, U.S. Operations for Side Effects Software. ?Side Effects Software has built a team of production experts, and we are excited that he has joined us to help our distinguished customers achieve their pipeline goals.

Zerouni is attributed with several contributions in CG101, the History of early CG and frequently writes editorial columns for leading industry publications such as 3D World. He also created the BKSTS reference wallchart on CGI production.

About Houdini
The Houdini family of animation software offers digital artists an unprecedented level of power, flexibility and control based on award-winning technology. The comprehensive feature set includes modeling, rigging, animation, particle effects, channel editing, compositing, integrated rendering, and much more. All Houdini applications work together seamlessly and are available for the Windows and Linux operating systems. Houdini has been used to create stunning digital animation in blockbuster films, including ?XMen, ?X2: X-Men United, ?Daredevil, ?Spider-Man, " The Sum of all Fears, the ?Harry Potter series, the ?The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the ?The Matrix trilogy, and most recently ?Day After Tomorrow, ?Chronicles of Riddick, ?Around the World in 80 Days, and ?Spider-Man 2 among many others.

About Side Effects Software
Established in 1987, Side Effects Software is a world leader in the development of advanced 3D graphics and special effects software for use in film. Side Effects Software leads the field of non-linear animation with its unique, award-winning Houdini technology. Houdini is used by numerous digital content creation leaders including Digital Domain, Disney Feature Animation, DreamWorks SKG, Electronic Arts, Framestore-CFC, Rhythm and Hues, and Sony Pictures Imageworks.

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