Simone Kraus Townsend
Animation Supervisor & Managing Director
Simone has worked in the animation and visual effects industry for the past 18 years. As one of the founders of TRIXTER in 1998, she helped establish the company as a key creator of high-end visual effects for live-action, tentpole feature films. In 2008, she won the German TV Award for the film Wonder of Loch Ness. She is a member of the German Filmakademie, and in 2016 was invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
She was the overall Animation Supervisor on many feature films including the Academy Award-nominated Iron Man 3 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. Simone is heading the Los Angeles office, and is currently working on some exhilarating new projects. Her talent for breathing life into characters, coupled with her dedication, enthusiasm, and expertise at leading teams of artists and producers, gives TRIXTER’s U.S. clients a local presence with a truly global reach.
Simone loves films, both live-action and animated; she’s a keen photographer, thrives on continually learning— whether it’s exercising her brain with science and philosophy, or movement with music, dance, swimming, martial arts, hiking, and skiing. Her dog, Charlie, is her constant companion and is often her animation inspiration and helps keep her inner child alive.