- Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
Production and post hybrid Odd Machine recently unveiled a new website that revealed a lot more than just the location of their upcoming Chicago Loop post facility, the company has also added a number of talented directors to their roster.
Their Los Angeles office will now be supporting the likes of storytelling extraordinaire Enda McCallion, digital effects master Fred Raimondi and tabletop virtuoso Joe Maxwell. With an eye on further expansion, they also added New York based director Moh Azima whose extensive work in music videos includes bands such as Interpol, Cold War Kids and Chromeo. They will join Jeremy Kasten, cult horror director now dipping his creativity into the world of commercial beauty spots and company co-founder/director Seth Henrikson whose expansion into stop motion brought to life ‘Mini-Abe’ Lincoln for the widely popular Illinois Tourism spots.
Elizabeth Collins, executive producer of Odd Machine in LA added, “their passion for creativity is endless and that’s the critical element that we prize the most. It’s a diverse roster in terms of style but they all have eccentric personalities driven by a burning desire to create really memorable work and we’re thrilled to welcome them to Odd Machine.”
Both McCallion and Raimondi bring lengthy lists of awards and accolades to the table. Enda McCallion’s illustrious directing career was sidelined by a prolonged battle with cancer that has left him with a new lease on life and renewed vigor for creating the kind of work that turns heads. Before switching to directing, Fred Raimondi paved the way for the next generation of digital visual effects, compositing platforms, tools and techniques that are now industry standards working from the ground floor of effects powerhouse Digital Domain.
Odd Machine’s new Chicago post production facility opens next month at 900 N. Franklin.
Meanwhile the west side studio that has housed the company since it’s opening in 2008 will see another wave of new talent. The studio will become home to the company’s ‘Creative Incubator’, a program to develop emerging young talent in the fields of directing, animation and writing. “The atmosphere of creative collaboration is essential to our mission, after visiting technology incubators such as 1871 and Catapult we were inspired us to do more than just add more production resources to the studio- we want to grow talent. There are some very creative seeds out there who need a bit of sunlight and soil in order to blossom and this is the place to take turn their creative passion into their profession,” says Chicago Executive Producer Alec Pinkston. Odd Machine recently collaborated with ‘Parks and Rec’ star Nick Offerman to shoot a music video for ‘Low Key,’ the first single from Jeff and Spencer Tweedy’s latest album Sukierae. The new postproduction suite is slated to officially open next month and includes an audio facility in collaboration with Soundcake.
For more information about The Odd Machine, please visit www.oddmachine.com