Wednesday, October 17, 2018

People on the Move

  • Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018
Infinite Fiction adds lead designer Clack, EP Aitken
Infinite Fiction's (l-r) Cody Clack, Jason Vigue and Amy Aitken
DALLAS -- 

Creative studio Infinite Fiction has added seasoned lead designer Cody Clack and executive producer Amy Aitken to its roster. The two join lead artist Jason Vigue and a team of high-end designers, artists, modelers and compositors.

Clack gained his expertise in the industry working at shops like Post Op Editorial and Man On Fire. In 2017 he teamed up with editor Adam Henderson to win 2017’s Adobe’s prestigious “Make the Cut’ competition, which launched Imagine Dragon’s highly acclaimed ‘Believer’ music video. “Cody is a great designer first,” said Vigue, “but it’s his amazing skillset that allows him to elevate whatever challenge we get handed quickly, with a fresh modern tone. He brings an infectiously novel attitude that perfectly complements all the different personalities on our team.”

With over 20 years of postproduction know-how under her belt, Aitken brings a strong combination of sales, marketing and management experience to Infinite Fiction. A career that began on the West Coast at shops like The Finish Line and Mad River Post eventually found Aitken returning to her Texas roots. After a stint at Dallas’ Post Asylum, she was brought on at Infinite Fiction’s sister company, Republic Editorial, as senior producer, before taking on her most recent post as EP for Rising Fall.

Aitken’s previous experience with Republic Editorial allowed her to seamlessly begin collaborating with a welcoming and familiar client base that she’s looking to build upon. In her new role, Aitken will focus on developing Infinite Fiction’s sales and marketing strategy, growing its client roster and further developing the team and its capabilities which include the conception and creation of motion design, 3D animation and high-end visual effects. The studio has already tackled projects for Samsung, McDonald’s, Universal Studios, Dairy Queen, SMU and Pizza Hut, and has new projects for AT&T, Audi and Capital One in the pipeline. 

  • Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018
Chris Rodgers joins Encore London as sr. colorist
Chris Rodgers
LONDON -- 

Sr. colorist Chris Rodgers is joining Encore London, adding to Deluxe’s international roster of world-class color grading talent. 

Rodgers has been a fixture in the London post scene for many years and boasts extensive grading experience. Prior to joining Encore, Rodgers was at Molinare, having previously worked at Splice, where he helped launch their color grading department. Rodgers has graded numerous high profile projects, across both TV and theatrical genres. His recent credits include The League of Gentlemen, Class, The Last Kingdom, Doctor Who and Fungus the Bogeyman (which earned him a BAFTA TV Craft nomination). He recently completed an eight-part mini-series The Widow for Amazon and ITV, which was graded in both SDR and HDR.

Encore director of operations Johnny Whitehead described Rodgers as “a hugely talented and creative grader, as well as a technical innovator.”

Rodgers brings a deep knowledge of color finishing techniques to Deluxe, including the nuances of working on HDR projects. Based in Encore London’s Wardour Street location, Rodgers joins the global team of Deluxe colorists, who out of locations in Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, Toronto, Madrid and Barcelona are responsible for many of the studio blockbusters, independent film favorites and high-profile episodic series. In addition to final HDR and SDR color, Deluxe’s London facility also provides dailies color (including UHD dailies), online editorial and sound post services.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018
Sina San named creative director at FuseFX
Sina San
LOS ANGELES -- 

Sina San has been appointed creative director at FuseFX, working out of the effects studio’s Los Angeles headquarters, and serving concept design and art direction to global clients.

San brings more than 17 years of experience in visual effects and computer animation to her role at FuseFX. In addition to winning the Emmy Award in 2017 for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Supporting Role for the television show “Gotham,” San was also nominated for the Emmy in 2015 and 2018 for her work and creative vision on “Gotham.” Some of her other credits include “Westworld,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Her career began in video games where she was a 3D artist working on titles and credits for “Star Trek: Dominion Wars,” “Shrek Super Party” and “Sponge Bob Square Pants: Battle for Bikini Bottom.” She then joined In-Three, a software technology company that developed stereoscopic 3D, where she trained 100+ VFX paint artists in India for Reliance Media Group. Later, San joined Digital Domain’s matte painting department. In 2012, San came aboard CoSA VFX where she played a significant role in growing the company in the United States and Canada.

Joseph Bell, chief operating officer and EVP of production at FuseFX, said, “Sina is a master at taking material from script to screen, creating just the right mood, tone and aesthetic. She and her teams have an impressive track record of delivering striking visuals for award-winning television shows, feature films and commercials. Sina is also great at partnering with showrunners, visual effects supervisors and other filmmakers to realize their creative vision.”

San added, “Part of what stands out for me about FuseFX is the incredibly diverse projects and genres on which we work. There’s tremendous demand from our clients for imaginative concept work and strong art direction. At FuseFX, this comes hand in hand with a very robust pipeline capable of delivering feature-quality visual effects on even the most aggressive television schedules.”

  • Monday, Oct. 15, 2018
Ad agency vet Bill Goodell joins Brickyard as EP
Bill Goodell
BOSTON -- 

Brickyard Filmworks has named Bill Goodell as executive producer. He comes over to the company after many years of managing production groups at Arnold Worldwide where he led teams in both Boston and New York. 
    
Over more than two decades with Arnold, Goodell worked on many of its most award-winning campaigns for clients that included Volkswagen, Truth, Jack Daniels, Volvo and ESPN, which won numerous awards including multiple Cannes Lions, and a Cannes Grand Prix.

“Bill brings his 25+ years of experience working on global brands and we’re so thrilled to have him here in house with our team,” said Dave Waller, Brickyard’s founder. “It was Bill himself who convinced me to open Brickyard back in 1999. Over the years he’s trusted us with many of his best projects, and now we have the opportunity to bring him on board here and work side-by-side to do more great stuff!” 

Goodell said of Brickyard, “I have long admired this artist-owned company. Working with a highly creative production and post collaborative seemed like the next logical step for me in continuing to make the best content possible for agencies and brands across all platforms.”  

  • Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
Beauty editor Garrett Tezanos joins Uppercut
Garrett Tezanos
NEW YORK -- 

Creative postproduction shop Uppercut has added beauty editor Garrett Tezanos to its roster. Tezanos has nearly two decades of experience as an editor, with a natural eye for striking visuals and exquisite composition, as seen in his beauty and fashion work for such brands as Shiseido, Victoria’s Secret, Calvin Klein, Neutrogena, Bare Minerals, Christian Louboutin and Aveeno. He has worked alongside such directors as Michael Bay, Bryan Buckley and Steven Klein. 

Prior to joining Uppercut, Tezanos was freelancing. Earlier he was with Moondog Editorial. 

Outside of commercials, Tezanos has also cut music videos and films, including the 2015 feature A Rising Tide, which is currently available for streaming on Showtime. 

Tezanos’ hire comes on the heels of Uppercut’s recent partnership with bicoastal VFX shop ZERO. The partnership allows the shops to offer comprehensive postproduction services across editorial, animation, CG, VFX and finishing and will encompass three markets, including offices in New York City, Los Angeles and Boston.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018
Colorist Jeremy Sawyer joins Company 3
Jeremy Sawyer
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- 

Company 3 has added Jeremy Sawyer (Hulu’s The First; I’m Dying up Here for Showtime) to its roster of colorists, signaling the company’s rapidly expanding slate of TV projects. Company 3 has more than 20 television series currently in the facility, including such major shows as Lost in Space (Netflix), Insecure, (HBO) and Jack Ryan (Amazon).

Sawyer, who has distinguished himself on a significant number of major series, including The Walking Dead (AMC) and The Affair (Showtime), brings a refined sensibility and deeply-entrenched understanding of the TV post workflow to Company 3’s rapidly growing TV department.

The move is something  of a homecoming for Sawyer. As an assistant and then colorist at Company 3, he learned a great deal of his craft from CEO/founder Stefan Sonnenfeld. Sawyer returns to the company following a successful tenure at Light Iron and before that, MTI. Prior to his initial stint at Company 3, Sawyer worked at the now defunct Syndicate. He started his career in postproduction at Finish Post in his native Boston. 

Sonnenfeld said of Sawyer, “He is an excellent artist and he has a keen understanding of the unique challenges involved in coloring episodic programming. He’s a perfect addition to our team, especially as demand for top-notch TV post continues to explode.”

Sawyer will continue his work on the third season of Netflix series, Easy, for which he’s colored every episode to date.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018
Creative director Jonathan Williams joins The Brandon Agency
Jonathan Williams
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- 

The Brandon Agency, a 100-plus person shop with hubs in Charleston, Charlotte and Myrtle Beach, has added creative director Jonathan Williams to its ranks. Having previously served in a similar capacity at Tayloe/Gray, Williams will help guide all things branding-related at The Brandon Agency which is known for its work with both global and regional clients alike, from Green Giant to Fish Hippie.

Williams earlier served as brand manager at Reeds Jewelers and as an art director at McKinney. He received his bachelor’s in Fine Arts from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

  • Monday, Oct. 8, 2018
Caroline Garrett named head of VFX at Cinesite London
Caroline Garrett
LONDON -- 

Cinesite has promoted Caroline Garrett to head of VFX at its London studio. She had most recently served as head of production at the VFX facility.

Garrett in her new role will report directly to Cinesite group CEO Antony Hunt. She will work with her global counterparts at Cinesite Montreal, Cinesite Vancouver and partner facilities Image Engine and TRIXTER to increase Cinesite’s global capacity for feature films, broadcast and streamers. With 20 years’ industry experience and her own background as an animator and CG artist, Garrett intimately understands the unique rigors that artists face while solving technical and creative challenges.

Since joining Cinesite in 2009, Garrett has strengthened her reputation as a grounded and technically astute senior production executive working on a wide variety of high caliber features, from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to Skyfall, World War Z, the multi-award-winning The Revenant, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and most recently Avengers Infinity War.

She has an extensive background in visual effects and brings two decades of experience and production know-how to the role. Caroline started her career back in 1998 as an artist at the Magic Camera Company in Shepperton Film Studios. In 2002 she co-founded the previsualization company, Fuzzygoat Ltd, working closely with directors at the start of the creative process. In 2009 she joined Cinesite, taking on the position of CG manager and overseeing the management of the 3D department as well as serving as both producer and executive producer. She later became head of production in London.

Garrett is the second woman to be appointed to a head of studio role within the Cinesite group following Tara Kemes’ appointment as general manager of Cinesite’s Vancouver animation studio earlier this year.

  • Friday, Oct. 5, 2018
Bindery adds Nata Andresen, Jen Gothard to head new business, postproduction
Nata Andresen
NEW YORK -- 

Independent production studio Bindery has hired Nata Andresen as its head of business development, and Jen Gothard as head of postproduction.

Prior to Bindery, Andresen repped a veritable who’s who of directors, holding sales and rep roles at RSA Films, Simpatico, Taylor James, and Roxanneandco.

Gothard comes over from Beast Editorial where she served in both the Austin and NYC offices, producing campaigns for Progressive, BMW, Exxon, M&Ms, and Revlon.

“Bindery has done an incredible job of marrying production with post to provide a seamless experience for its clients. They have all the right pieces and I’m looking forward to helping them define and scale a more modern approach,” said Gothard.

Andresen added, “I strongly believe that our industry needs more diversity and gender equality, and I was excited to see that Bindery is at the forefront of that conversation and walking the walk. Bindery is majority female and there’s a real dedication to cultivating diverse perspectives across their roster of talent.”

Working with both brands and agencies, Bindery weaves a thread through all aspects of making--from development to production to post. They collaborate with the likes of Apple, Nike, Google, Uber, Sony, West Elm, and L’Oreal, as well as develop original content. Their most recent film, the documentary short Zion--directed by Floyd Russ whose commercial/branded content home is Tool of North America--premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Netflix.

  • Friday, Oct. 5, 2018
Creative director/director Sean Martin joins Gentleman Scholar
Sean Martin
NEW YORK -- 

Bicoastal production company Gentleman Scholar has added creative director/director Sean Martin to its roster.

Originally from Rochester, NY, Martin has spent the past eight years at Psyop. Named a director there in 2016, his journey with the company began with a design internship, following his studies at The University of Denver and Full Sail University. Beginning in design, he moved on through 2D, 3D and compositing to eventually become a director.

Martin has directed spots for such brands as Apple, Google, Honda, Samsung, Tiffany and Xbox.

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