The Vancouver native will oversee operations for the Vancouver-based subsidiary’s productions, talent and teams as well as collaborations with Digital Domain’s effects teams in California, Florida, London and Mumbai.

“Digital Domain is a big player in Vancouver – the company is embarking on huge projects that I’m excited to get involved with,” Dowdeswell said. “It is a very interesting company on a global level as well, with a lot of irons in the fire.”

Dowdeswell arrives from Vancouver-based Image Engine where he spent two years as head of studio, overseeing visual effects on titles such as The Thing and Neill Blomkamp’s upcoming Elysium.

Prior to that he spent eight years at CIS-Vancouver – now owned by Deluxe – as head of studio and has also worked at Sony Pictures Imageworks and Boss Films.