HAPPENINGS

  • Timber Welcomes Art Director Jon Lorenz & Digital Effects Supervisor Jeff Willette To Its Expanding

    Timber Welcomes Art Director Jon Lorenz & Digital Effects Supervisor Jeff Willette To Its Expanding

    Timber Creative Directors/Co-Founders Jonah Hall and Kevin Lau have welcomed Art Director Jon Lorenz and Digital Effects Supervisor Jeff Willette to the company’s expanding team.

    Art Director Jon Lorenz has worked with such well-known companies as Buck, Royal, Modus Operandi, Big Block, Troika, Mocean, and Oishii Creative, to name just a few. He has been on staff at Shilo as a Designer/Compositor and as Art Director at King and Country (including a leadership role in the Motel 6 “Metamorphosis” campaign). Jon has also collaborated directly with clients on projects for H2/History Channel for “Rise Against the Machines/Hangar 1” and Vivint; and on projects for Lime TV via agency Just Knight and with T3 via agency Dark Horse.

    Digital Effects Supervisor Jeff Willette joins Timber also having experience at some of the industry’s most luminary studios including Mirada, Method, Asylum, Sony Pictures Imageworks and a52, having started his career at Traveling Pictures Animation in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Notable projects for Willette include: “Fallout 4” opening cinematic for Mirada, the Jameson “Fire” commercial for Method Studios, “Terminator Salvation” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons” feature films, both for Asylum. Jeff’s work has garnered a series of awards and award nominations including VES, HPA, Addy and Clio awards. He collaborated on HBO’s “Carnivale,” which garnered an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Main Title Design.”

    “Jon and Jeff are both heavy hitting additions to the team at Timber,” concludes Creative Director Jonah Hall.

  • Leftchannel Creates Animated Technique for Netflix’s “Audrie & Daisy” Documentary

    Leftchannel Creates Animated Technique for Netflix’s “Audrie & Daisy” Documentary

    Earlier this year, leftchannel received a prestigious Annie Award nomination for “Best Animated Special Production” for the Sundance hit and Netflix-acquired “Audrie & Daisy,” (www.audrieanddaisy.com). The team at leftchannel, led by Founder/Creative Director Alberto Scirocco, created a specific animation technique for the powerful documentary, currently streaming on Netflix.

    A Netflix Original Documentary, “Audrie & Daisy” is an urgent real-life drama that examines the ripple effects on families, friends, schools and communities when two underage young women find that sexual assault crimes against them have been caught on camera, with one being driven to suicide because of extreme cyber bullying. From acclaimed filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk (“The Island President,” “The Rape of Europa”), “Audrie & Daisy” — which made its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival — takes a hard look at America’s teenagers who are coming of age in this new world of social media bullying, spun wildly out of control.

    The independent filmmakers approached leftchannel in 2016 in-line with the film’s Sundance premiere to create a unique, animated look for the film’s series of depositions, which included testimony from underage defendants. The filmmakers wanted to include the deposition footage, but not reveal the defendants’ true identities.

    The leftchannel team did not simply animate to hide the identity of the individuals; they actually created avatars in animation that repeated the emotion of the individuals but with different facial features. “First, we created these alternate people who behaved the same way and repeated the same emotion,” details leftchannel Founder/Creative Director Alberto Scirocco. “Then, we animated them. This technique is very specific to this type of application. It allowed us to maintain the actions, the emotions, the reactions to the positions, the drama, the individual’s humanity while still completely masking their personality; not by merely covering it, but by completely transposing it. The people that we created intentionally had completely different facial features than the original ones – pretty drastically.”

  • Eleven Names Melissa Elston New Executive Producer; Unveils Studio Renovations & Upgrades

    Eleven Names Melissa Elston New Executive Producer; Unveils Studio Renovations & Upgrades

    Eleven’s Founder/Mixer/Sound Designer Jeff Payne has once again promoted from within his talented audio post company, naming Melissa Elston as the team’s new Executive Producer. Payne also unveils a series of renovations and upgrades for the downstairs mixing studios at Eleven for Mixers/Sound Designers Ben Freer and Mike Franklin, as well as a newly renovated kitchen and lounge area.

    “Over the past six months, we’ve implemented many substantial technical upgrades and improvements at Eleven to enhance the client experience,” notes Jeff Payne. “Both Studio A and B’s audio systems have been upgraded to match Studio C and D’s systems with Avid S6 consoles, Pro Tools HDX systems running Pro Tools 12HD, all utilizing audio over Ethernet Red Net Bridges using BSS monitoring hardware controlled by Crestron touch panels. In addition, we’ve designed and constructed a new kitchen and lounge that reflects my passion and love of design. It’s not only beautiful, but very functional for our clients.”

    Eleven’s new Executive Producer Melissa Elston is a Santa Monica native. She joined the Eleven team in 2015 following her tenure producing private events with the City of Santa Monica and the California Yacht Club. Her experience in event sales and coordination combined with her M.A. in Counseling give her the oh-so-harmonious balance needed for the Executive Producer position. Her philosophy is to turn every session into a unique and creative experience.

    “What an exciting time to be at Eleven!” says Elston. “I’m thrilled and honored to step into the Executive Producer position joined by the most top-notch and sought-after audio talent in postproduction. I’m so lucky to have such an amazing team along with the best clients in the biz. All of the Mixers here at Eleven are homegrown. They’ve been trained by the best and are masters of their craft. They have a unique skill set which includes precision, speed, and versatility.”

  • Cut+Run’s Sean Stender And Lucas Eskin Edit Fender’s Feedback Documentary Series

    Cut+Run’s Sean Stender and Lucas Eskin edited Fender’s Feedback documentary series in support of the American Professional guitar series launch directed by Jason Miller, Matt Miller, and Clara Balzary. The films capture compelling and diverse stories of some of today’s most inspiring artists who amplify their creative voice with a deep passion for electric guitars and basses.

    Since 1946, Fender has revolutionized music and culture as one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors. Fender is dedicated to unlocking the power of music and musical expression at every stage, from beginners to history-making legends. The film series reveals intimate portraits of legendary artists, simultaneously speaking to all the ways people express themselves with electric guitar, rising above the noise with their own.   The American Professional series is a proud testament to Fender’s 70 years of knowledge, technology and experience making iconic instruments.  The news series consists of modern classics informed by the style and sound of the past but with a thoroughly modern feel.

    “Fender is one of those iconic American brands whose messaging isn't just hype, its authentic and supported by artists who really believe and live the lifestyle,” comments Editor Sean Stender. “The Fender guitar was initially designed as the working musician’s guitar. This utilitarian spirit is what really spoke to the artist who played Fender instruments -- it reflected their own creativity and ingenuity... and it didn't hurt that the guitars looked really cool as well. For all of those reasons, and more, it was exciting to have the opportunity to help shape these stories.”

    Click here to view the series. 

  • Arcade's Jeff Ferruzzo Edits Endearing Storylines in New Commercial Campaign for Raymond James

    The profound stages of a human being's life are celebrated in Raymond James' newest commercial campaign, edited by Arcade's Jeff Ferruzzo. With "Doors," transitions take a couple from marriage and a newborn to career changes and family events, asserting a unity between themselves and Raymond James in planning their life and their finances. "Kevin" is a retrospective on a boy's progression in the world while navigating through school, jobs, love and embracing his eventual role as a family man. The lovable spots are tributes to the undeniable potential of one's success when guided by Raymond James's "trusted advice, for life."

    Watch "Doors" here: https://youtu.be/9sp-zhmkXKw

  • Unique Hammond Joins Cut+Run Los Angeles, As Head of Sales and Development

    Unique Hammond Joins Cut+Run Los Angeles, As Head of Sales and Development

    Cut+Run is excited to welcome Unique Hammond as Head of Sales and Development for the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Austin offices. Hammond brings a wealth of industry knowledge to this new role.

    "Unique is an asset in our next stage of development. Her prior experience leading sales and as an Executive Producer make her the perfect addition to our team," says Managing Director Michelle Eskin.

    Hammond's previous roles span various leadership positions in the advertising industry, from EP at Aero Film, to Partner of SCOUT and Co-Creator of HUM Music. In each, she was heavily involved in developing teams to put compelling and original work on the screen.

    As for Cut+Run, Unique relates, "I was first inspired by work, then fell in love with the people of Cut+Run - all of whom show the utmost appreciation for each other and their clients. I am excited about becoming part of the fabric, and to being a conduit for clients, sales, and the management team." 

  • Lucky Post Promotes Elizabeth V. Moore To Editor

    Lucky Post Promotes Elizabeth V. Moore To Editor

    Lucky Post announces Elizabeth V. Moore has been promoted to editor. Moore has been working with her mentors and friends at Lucky Post since 2012, when she joined the company as an assistant. Working alongside Lucky Post’s senior editors, Moore has honed her talent editing music videos, television promos, short films, and commercials for brands including Charles Schwab, Costa, Jeep, 7-Eleven, and Wolf.

    “Elizabeth is a truly creative editor who has developed a stylistic voice that is appreciated by clients who trust her instinct and drive to deliver the best work possible,” comments Lucky Post CEO Tammie Kleinmann. “For us, it wasn’t a matter of if she would become an editor, but when. This is her time.”

    Film theory electives in college opened her eyes to a career in the arts and changed her focus, leading her to earn a degree in Cinema-Television from Southern Methodist University. An opportunity from a professor sent her into working with editor Sai Selvarajan on a documentary film immediately following graduation.

    Moore says she thrives on the connection visual storytelling evokes with an audience’s emotional journey: “I try to carry that first experience when I see the footage for the first time through the end of a project. It’s in that moment I am in the same seat as the audience.”

  • The New York Times Op-Docs Debuts RPS Entertainment’s Docu-Series Long Live Benjamin Directed by Jimm Lasser & Biff Butler

    The New York Times Op-Docs debuted Long Live Benjamin, a captivating six-part episodic documentary directed by Wieden & Kennedy’s Jimm Lasser and Rock Paper Scissors’s Biff Butler, and produced by Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment. The film focuses on acclaimed portrait artist Allan Hirsch who, while visiting his wife’s homeland of Venezuela, unexpectedly falls in love. The object of his affection: a deathly ill, orphaned newborn Capuchin monkey named Benjamin. Nursing Benjamin back to health and sneaking him into New York City, Allen would find his life – and his sense of self – forever changed by his adopted simian son.

    The collaboration between Jimm Lasser and Biff Butler was first forged in advertising, working on campaigns for Chrysler. One day, Creative Director Lasser was delayed to arrive to an edit session with Butler by the funeral for his cousin’s Monkey, Benjamin. After explaining the unusual circumstances, he asked if Rock Paper Scissors could help transferring material he’d shot onto a hard drive. Fatefully, a copy of the media was left on Butler's computer and on a cross-country flight, Butler began exploring – and then editing – the fascinating footage. Over the next five years, Lasser and Butler carved out time around their intensive work schedules to collaborate on this original story of relationships.

    For Butler, unlocking the mystery of this powerful and intimate story proved to be one of the most challenging and rewarding of his career. “At first, the clips Jimm showed us were hilarious, but watched in their entirety I soon realized the story emerging was heartbreakingly sad,” recalls Butler. “Crafting the film from archival footage and fractured stories over time was an immense challenge, and appealed two things I love to do: direct and shape narrative through editing.”

    The process of crafting Long Live Benjamin became a through-line for the lives of both Lasser and Butler who, along the way, started families and continued to develop their independent careers.

  • Cut+Run’s Russell Anderson Edits Awards Show Satire For Farmers Insurance

    With the Academy Awards just days away, Farmers Insurance launches a parodical new campaign via agency RPA that highlights a mock award show titled “The Burkies," edited by Cut+Run’s Russell Anderson. The digital campaign highlights the most outrageous real-life claims in an homage to awards shows. The campaign’s aim is to “celebrate the best in fake movies based on real Farmers Insurance claims” through a series of spots differentiated by genre, from a dog’s tomfoolery to a turkey’s near-death experience.

  • Community Films Welcomes Comedy Director Aleysa Young To The Company’s Diverse Talent Roster

    Community Films Welcomes Comedy Director Aleysa Young To The Company’s Diverse Talent Roster

    Comedy Director Aleysa Young has joined Community Films. Young becomes part of a diverse roster of directorial talent that includes: Marius Crowne, Seth Gordon, Jared Hess, Michael Patrick Jann, Emil Möller, Matt Smukler, Pam Thomas, Clay Tweel, Albert Uria, and Clay Williams.

    “Aleysa’s work is fresh and funny, and the entire Community family was immediately drawn to it,” says EP/Partner Lizzie Schwartz. “Everyone laughed, because the work captures many of the hilarious truths about our modern lives,” adds EP/Partner Carl Swan. “We are very happy to have Aleysa join us and look forward to creating a lot more together.”

    Director Aleysa Young spent her formative years between Vancouver, Montreal and Indonesia, and came to directing thru her work as a Casting Director and as a producer of RESFest Canada. Today, she works as a Director splitting time between Toronto and Los Angeles. She has directed spots for such brands as Mitsubishi, Toshiba, Caramilk, Molson, McDonald’s, and Subway. Her work has been recognized by such awards as Cannes Lions, Bessies, Marketing Awards, Advertising & Design Club of Canada, Applied Arts, Shark Awards, Boards Top 10 Emerging Talents in Toronto, Shoot New Directors Showcase, to name a few.