Neishaw Ali, Spin VFX President / Executive Producer is delighted to announce Cesar Dacol Jr., multi-faceted creature / character designer and master sculptor has joined the Emmy award winning studio.
Cesar has transposed his mastery in sculpting into the digital realm while impressively maintaining the allure and inexplicable nuances of his characters. His professionalism is only second to his passion. We are very fortunate and excited to have Cesar join our team as Supervisor of Creature and Concept Design,” says Neishaw Ali, Spin VFX President and Visual Effects Executive Producer (Spotlight, John Wick).
“I am thrilled to have joined the SpinVFX family. We are already creating fantastic work on Disney’s Descendants 2 and I am excited to bring our client’s vision alive and explore the endless possibilities. Magic is in the air and our hands are working quickly to bring it all into reality!” Cesar Dacol Jr. Senior Designer / Modeller (Robocop, 300).
Dacol has been bringing creatures and characters to life for 20 years. He started his career in the makeup effects industry and transitioned to CG in the mid 90s. From designing the hero dinosaur, Gigantasaurus, in Journey to the Center of the Earth to the Werewolves in The Mortal Instruments, this talented artist has carved a path in animated features such as The Wild (Disney), Happy Feet 2 (Warner Bros.), and live action features that include, Fantastic Four (20th Century Fox), 300 (Warner Bros.), and The Incredible Hulk (Universal Pictures).
Dacol’s reach as an artist has been an inspiration and resource for many of the field’s top professionals:
“Before I even touched digital sculpting and ZBrush, I watched and hungered for the talents of Cesar. From his concept, to form, to execution of detail, I desired to do what he did. And now that I have been using ZBrush professionally for a number of years, I come to realize…I still watch and hunger over the talents of Cesar’s work. He is one of my educators and motivators.” – Neville Page, Concept Designer (Cloverfield, Star Trek, Prometheus)
“Cesar Dacol, Jr. is a true artist whose mastery of his medium showcases his immense and wide ranging design talent. His work is typified not only by absolute top level skills but by a superior level of creativity as well as a rich understanding of all of the design elements and considerations necessary to a master artist. Cesar Dacol, Jr, is all that and more.” – Chris Walas, Academy Award© Winner (The Fly, Gremlins)
“Beautiful, elegant, monstrously fun. Cesar Dacol Jr’s range of form, design, and detail are some of the best in the industry. What he brings to the art of 3D design is a portfolio of vast knowledge and creativity. A true master of his art!” – Frank Gravatt, Digital Creature Sculptor / ILM (Captain America: Civil War, The Revenant, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest)
“Cesar Dacol Jr.’s body of work encompasses many creative disciplines and many years of tenacious effort. His ability to infuse his creations with character and realism are top notch and have garnered him worldwide acclaim and respect through the entire film community and also of his peers. His talent allows him to do more than simply define a characters look, he can tell its story. – Brian Wade, Special Effects Make-Up Sculptor (Stranger Things, Terminator, The Thing)
Dacol will lead the Concept team at Spin and will focus on Creature and Character design. He is presently working to deliver The Disney Channel’s movie, Descendants 2 and the second season of sci-fi hit TV series The Expanse from Alcon Entertainment.
The studio is also in production on Niels Arden Oplev’s remake of the 90s cult classic Flatliners, Stephen King’s horror thriller Gerald’s Game directed by Mike Flanagan. Spin recently wrapped the horror drama TV series Fear the Walking Dead (AMC) and the highly anticipated Lemony Snicket adaptation A Series of Unfortunate Events for Netflix, starring Neil Patrick Harris.