John Hughes is one of Hollywood’s leading icons in Visual Effects and Computer Graphics. He was the founder of Rhythm and Hues (R&H) and led the studio for 26 years, earning 3 Oscars for Best Visual Effects (“Babe,” “The Golden Compass,” and “Life of Pi”) as well as 4 technical Oscars for achievements in science and engineering. An economist and electrical engineer by training, Mr. Hughes began his career at Robert Abel and Associates in the 1970s, designing motion control camera control systems and producing some of the first commercial uses of Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) in motion pictures that ushered in new possibilities in the art of film and commercials as we know today. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and formerly served on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Arts Education and chaired the education committee for the Digital Coast Roundtable as well as the Policy and Oversight Committee of the Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board..
Creative Director | Visual Effects Supervisor
Walt Jones is the overall creative lead for the computer graphics work at Tau Films. He has over 20 years of experience in production and design and has contributed to over a dozen feature films in the past decade alone, as well as numerous music videos and commercial projects. Mr. Jones has worked extensively with international teams throughout Asia, North America and Europe. He was nominated for Visual Effects Society awards for the digital ocean work on “Life of Pi” and his work on “The Lost Temple” and was part of the teams that won Academy Awards for their work on ”The Golden Compass” in 2008 and ”Life of Pi” in 2013. Other feature film work includes key roles on films such as ”Superman Returns,” “The Chronicles of Riddick,” “Happy Feet” and “The Chronicles of Narnia.”
Mandeep Singh began his career as an independent producer of commercial content in India in the 1990s. He then shifted his attention to feature visual effects and animation, joining Rhythm and Hues and providing production management there for over 15 films, including the Academy Award winner “The Golden Compass.” In 2008, Mr. Singh relocated to Malaysia to establish a world class VFX and animation facility in the Malaysian Multi-Media Super Corridor. There he oversaw all production beginning with “Alvin and the Chipmunks 2″ in 2009, and culminating in work on the Academy Award winning “Life of Pi” in 2012.
CJ Sarachene brings with her over 20 years of film production experience as an animator. Ms. Sarachene most recently served as Animation Supervisor on “Land of the Lost” and “Hop.” She has personally trained many of the animation artists at Tau Films and continues to train and provide lectures for advanced animation techniques. She began her career as a traditional (2D) animator and transitioned into television, games and film as a 3D animator. She has worked as a traditional animator on such films as “101 Dalmatians” and as a digital animator for projects including “Elektra,” “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “Night at the Museum” and “Evan Almighty.”
Vice President of Production / Executive Producer
Ken Roupenian is part of the Tau Films Leadership Team, serving as Vice President of Production/Executive Producer. He brings with him over 30 years of experience in Entertainment and Visual Effects having helped build production and global management teams for Academy Award-winning VFX facilities and studios, including Digital Domain, Rhythm & Hues and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Ken began his career at Sony Pictures Entertainment working in network television publicity, ultimately moving into the role of Head of Photo. He made the move to Rhythm & Hues, jumping into the then still young world of CGI and Visual Effects. During his 21-year tenure at Rhythm & Hues, Ken advanced through a number of producing and managerial positions before spending his final ten years there heading up Digital Production. In this capacity he led the growth of their team from approximately 400 to over 1,500 worldwide, and was instrumental in overall talent management, recruiting and training. After Rhythm & Hues, Ken moved to Digital Domain where he was Vice President of Digital Studio and responsible for the management of the company’s creative teams globally.
Ken’s move to Tau reunites him with former colleagues and company leaders John Hughes, Walt Jones and Mandeep Singh at a time of exciting global expansion for the company.