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Eric Withee is the Visual Effects Producer at Svengali FX, a position he held while working on 2009's Star Trek. [1] He joined Svengali as Visual Effects Coordinator in February 2008, having previously worked there in that same position in late 2006.

Withee attended the Rochester Institute of Technology in Henrietta, New York, from 1987 through 1992, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Imaging & Photographic Technology. Two years after graduation, he was hired as a Digital Film Technician at RGA/LA, which created title sequences for major motion pictures. Among the films he worked on during his time at RGA/LA were Richie Rich (starring John Larroquette), Braveheart, Mortal Kombat (featuring Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), Se7en, and the James Bond film GoldenEye (starring Famke Janssen).

In January 1996, Withee became Digital Film Technician at visual effects facility Cinesite. He was employed at Cinesite for a little over a year, contributing effects work to such films as Stuart Baird's Executive Decision, Space Jam, and the acclaimed Jerry Maguire. Withee then spent a year and five months as a Data I/O Manager at Centropolis FX, working on the films Contact, Conspiracy Theory (starring Patrick Stewart), Flubber (featuring Clancy Brown and Wil Wheaton), and Godzilla.

After working as a Data/Film Manager for The Post Group (where his credits included the 1999 film Inspector Gadget, which featured Rene Auberjonois and Andy Dick), Withee joined Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) as Senior Technical Assistant in March 2000. In this position, he worked on the films Hollow Man and Charlie's Angels before being promoted to Visual Effects Coordinator. He coordinated SPI's visual effects on such films as Stuart Little 2, Seabiscuit, and The Matrix Revolutions. Afterward, he did sequence coordination work for Rhythm & Hues on the 2004 film Garfield and coordinated Zoic Studios' visual effects for the science fiction film Serenity along with Thomas Elder-Groebe. Withee briefly returned to Zoic Studios in 2007 to serve as their visual effects coordinator on the pilot episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

In addition, Withee spent six months as Visual Effects Coordinator on the 20th Century Fox film Night at the Museum. He was also an On-Set Visual Effects Coordinator for the films Norbit (starring Eddie Murphy) and Lions for Lambs. More recently, he was Visual Effects Coordinator for the upcoming animated Warner Bros. movie Where the Wild Things Are.

Withee first worked for Svengali FX from September through November 2006, when he coordinated the studio's visual effects for the films Apocalypto and Eragon. He returned to Svengali in February 2008, and coordinated the effects for the films Beverly Hills Chihuahua and the upcoming Watchmen (based on a DC Comics property and featuring Matt Frewer, Stephen McHattie, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan). He has since been promoted to Visual Effects Producer of Svengali FX. In addition to Star Trek, he also produced the effects for the upcoming Hilary Duff drama Greta.

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