Godfrey Pye passsed away in LA at 68. He was a giant in our industry. Speaking for myself, even in Australia, as I worked hard in TVC post and VFX in the 80s and 90s, Godfrey was a legend in the industry worldwide, – but for my business partner Jeff Heusser – he was a friend.
Godfrey was the reason that Jeff moved to LA to C.I.S. Jeff remembers warmly dinner parties at Godfrey’s house. “Whenever he was in the room, you knew it was going to be fun.” Jeff was not alone, for many in LA and London they owe their careers to Godfrey Pye.
Since 2004, Godfrey was owner and founder of Mulholland Bays, an editing company that brought Godfrey back to his roots. It was a boutique poolside editing company in the Hollywood Hills. Prior to that he at various times ran, owned or founded: Company B GmbH, CIS (Hollywood), Rushes (sold to Virgin/Branson). To quote from Pye’s own comment on Linkedin:
Rushes once consisted of just me and a Moviola. It grew thanks to a great staff, my business partner Roger Hoare – and luck. We then sold Rushes to Richard Branson in 1987.
Godfrey had lead the global digital revolution at Rushes. He was at the forefront of digital animation, Paintbox, Harry, Henry and Flame. To quote Christian Houge, head of 3D at Rushes: “Godfrey was pioneering MD at Rushes during the digital revolution in video post during the 80s. He set Rushes post production firmly in the top 3 in London at the time and recognized the potential of 3d well before anyone else! A charismatic and inspiring leader!”
Godfrey Pye, at the top of this article is seen standing in front of the Rushes’ first Bosch FGS 4000 computer graphics system. As the Rushes Blog comments: “The companies big break was not a commercial which accounted for most of their business but, Dire Straits ‘Money For Nothing’ promo in 1985/6. It made Rushes famous all over the western world”. (click here for the Rushes Blog)
Godfrey foundered Rushes in the 1970s in London and then came to live in LA in 1991.
He will be sadly missed by his wife Suzanne, children Lucy and Dan, and grandchildren Maisy and Lila.
His many friends will miss his wicked sense of humor, and are invited to attend a small service on Tuesday, January 17th at the Hollywood Forever cemetery from 11.00am to 12.00pm. It is located at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, 90038. Security guards at the gate will direct you to parking. The service will be followed by a gathering at “The Cat and Fiddle” on Sunset Blvd, Hollywood.
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