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John Ciampa to head Mr. Wolf's newly formed NYC studio
John Ciampa
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Visual effects boutique Mr. Wolf, based in Culver City, Calif., has opened a studio in NYC under the aegis of creative director John Ciampa. The new operation, located within the postproduction facility Post FactoryNY, will provide visual effects and finishing services for features, television, broadcast media, advertising and other projects. Mr. Wolf is known for its work on features American Hustle, Hercules, The Brother’s Grimsby and Allegiant. Its New York operation has already completed work for MTV’s Teen Wolf, SPIKE’s Adam Carolla and Friends Build Stuff, and VH-1’s America’s Next Top Model and Leave It to Stevie.

Like the company’s Culver City operation, the new site features a flexible IT infrastructure that enables it to quickly scale up or adapt its workflow to meet the needs of assignments of varying size and needs. In addition to tackling New York-based projects, it will provide supplementary support to the team in California.

“We’re extending the model that has worked so well on the West Coast,” said EP Mike Pryor who launched Mr. Wolf in 2014 with creative directors Danny Yoon and Duy Nguyen. “It’s creative solutions through unparalleled client service.” Pryor added that the two offices share a data link that allows them to collaborate. Both sides have already teamed up on projects for the television series Channel Zero (SyFy), The Goldbergs (ABC), Kevin Can Wait (CBS), and The OA (Netflix) as well as the Peter Berg- directed Patriot’s Day. They are currently in production on Nicole Holofcener’s Land of Steady Habits which recently finished shooting.

Ciampa worked as a New York-based independent for the past nine years, most recently focusing on broadcast media for VH-1, MTV and other Viacom channels. Previously, he spent 11 years in Los Angeles, where he held staff posts with View Studios, Pittard Sullivan, and Ring of Fire. A talented compositor, visual effects artist and creative director, he has worked across features, television, broadcast and commercials.

Ciampa said he views his arrival at Mr. Wolf as a reunion as he previously worked with Pryor, Yoon and Nguyen at Ring of Fire. “It’s been 25 years of amazing opportunities, including commercials, movies, graphics and TV,” he noted. “Mostly I’m grateful for the people and collaborations. And now I feel inspired and energized to be working with Danny, Duy and Mike again.”