Ellen Poon to Supervise Zhang Yimou's The Hero

by malducin

Ellen Poon was one of the pioneers at ILM that was involved in the modern era of CG VFX. Her last project there was the Green Mile and finally we get word of what she is up to now.

Ellen Poon started at the Moving Picture Company and Rushes in London. She came to ILM after the Pixar spin off working on Hook where she quickly moved the ranks from Animator and Technical Director to become one of the few women VFX Supervisors. Besides working on films like The Mask, Jurassic Park, MIB and Episode 1 she supervised projects like Small Soldiers, Celebrity and The Green Mile.

She left ILM in 2001 and there were few news of her endeavors. Now we have news about her recent accomplishments. Not only was she a VFX consultant for the Hong Kong hit film Storm Riders but also co-founded her own company DFreedomZone. Now we get the word that she is the VFX Supervisor of Zhang Yimou next film, The Hero, which stars Jet Li and Zhang Ziyi. The VFX will be provided by several companies some of them formed by former ILM employees like Tweak Films and The Orphanage, plus Animal Logic. We wish her continued success and hopefully we'll hear more from her in other projects. More information here:

DFreedomZone
Ellen Poon's bio
Ellen Poon interview
Chinese 'Hero' Takes Aim at World Box Office
Tweak Films
The Orphanage

Many thanks to Shane for the news which unfolded quite unexpectedly, and the anonymous poster who helped correct a few details.