Working on low budget films in the 80’s, Burrell learned how to be resourceful. He figured out ways to assist directors & producers to tell their visual stories relying on imaginative rather than expensive solutions. He was soon working on bigger pictures such as “Aliens” and “Harry and the Henderson’s” with some of the biggest names in motion picture practical effects. In 1989 Burrell opened his own makeup effects company, Optic Nerve Studios, where he designed & supervised the makeup effects for films such as the remake of Night of the Living Dead, and George Romero's “The Dark Half” as well as television “Babylon 5”. Burrell’s rare combination of skills matched with the experience of working on film sets alongside department heads and directors made for a perfect transition to visual effects supervisor. He helped bring the dark, exotic world of “Sin City” to life for Robert Rodriguez. For Guillermo del Toro's “Pan's Labyrinth”, Burrell enhanced traditional practical creature effects with digital augmentation massively enhancing believability. Recently Burrell has worked with Netflix as the production visual effects supervisor for “Altered Carbon” season one, which received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Special Visual Effects. Moved up to associate producer & visual effects supervisor on season one of “The Umbrella Academy” brought another Emmy nomination. For season 2 & 3 of “The Umbrella Academy” Everett was once again promoted to 2nd Unit Director, Producer & Senior Visual Effects Supervisor while gaining another Emmy nomination for seasons 2.
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