Emmy-winning VFX artist Kevin Kutchaver has joined with The Digital Animation and Visual Effects School to produce Captain Sternn, an animated short based on the popular anti-hero from the 1981 feature, Heavy Metal.
Kutchaver, a seasoned VFX artist whose credits include Return of the Jedi, Ghostbusters II, The Adams Family, and all three Robocop movies, co-founded Flat Earth Productions in the 1990’s and went on to create visual effects for television shows such as Hercules, Xena and most recently, the Emmy Award-winning ABC hit drama, Lost, for which he won the 2005 Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series.
Kutchaver, a long-time fan of illustrator Bernie Wrightson (whose work includes the critically acclaimed graphic novels Frankenstein and Swamp Thing), approached the artist about turning Captain Sternn into an animated series. Wrightson loved the idea; however studio development executives weren’t so quick to sign off. They wanted to see a sample. “I offered to do it with hand puppets but they wouldn’t go for it,” joked Kutchaver. That’s when he turned to the DAVE School.