As a founding member of Reel FX, Peil has participated in the studios significant growth over the past 22 years which now employs 315 team members in their 75,000 square foot Dallas and 17,000 square foot Santa Monica studios. Reel FX is currently working a full roster of upcoming animated theatrical films: Scooby-Doo directed by Tony Cervone and produced by Charles Roven, Richard Suckle and Allison Abbate for Warner Animation Group (slated for a September 18, 2018 release); Wish Police directed by Headless (Adrian Garcia, Alfredo Torres, Victor Maldonado) and produced by Kirk Bodyfelt; as well as a multi-picture deal with director Jorge Gutierrez, including the Untitled Kung-Fu Space Western. Most recently Peil was attached as Executive Producer on The Book of Life, from Reel FX and 20th Century Fox, directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo Del Toro and Brad Booker. The film has been nominated for: The Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards, Visual Effects Society Awards, Producers Guild of America Awards, Imagen Awards, five Annie Awards and won Best Character Design for the Annie Awards.
Peil is a respected leader and innovator in the entertainment space with over 50 projects to his credit in the theatrical, location based and VR space. Theatrical credits include: The Book of Life – 20th Century Fox/Reel FX, Free Birds – Relativity Media/Reel FX, Rise of the Guardians – DreamWorks Animation/Reel FX, Despicable Me Ride – Universal Studios/Illumination Studios, Ferrari Dark Ride – Abu Dhabi, The Simpsons Ride – Universal Studios, Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away – James Cameron, Tales of the Black Freighter – The Watchmen/Warner Bros., Looney Tunes CG shorts – Warner Bros. Animation, Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas – Blue Sky/20th Century FOX, Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five – DreamWorks Animation.
Reel FX Partial Virtual Reality/Immersive credits include: Hunger Games VR Experience – Lionsgate, Jaeger Pilot VR for Pacific Rim – Legendary Pictures, You vs. Sharapova – American Express, It Can Wait Driving Simulation – AT&T, Porsche VR Experience – OMD, Performance Lab Activation VR – US Air Force, Shatter Reality App for Divergent Series: Insurgent – Lionsgate, The Book of Life VR – DELL Inc./20th Century FOX, ‘Twas the Flight Before Christmas Activation – JC Penney, WWE Summer Slam VR Experience – Samsung, The Polyphonic Spree’s 13th Annual Holiday Extravaganza VR Experience – Reel FX.
BOOKS TO FILM. COMICS TO FILM. GAMES TO FILMS. VR TO FILM? – Developing IP in Virtual Reality
With an ever-increasing amount of VR content hitting the marketplace – are we to the point where we can look to this new medium as a content generator, or brand incubator that can then expand across other platforms, or is Virtual Reality still designed to give audiences another way to look at content that they are already familiar with. Do the capabilities of VR give viewers the chance to fall in love with a property, and want more of it – or is it inherently limited by technical and narrative constraints? In this panel we flip the development conversation and ask where VR currently fits and could fit into a world where content is king.