GUERILLA FX WELCOMES CD/EFX SUPERVISOR/DIRECTOR JOHN BAIR AND EP VIVIAN CONNOLLY - Creative Planet Network

GUERILLA FX WELCOMES CD/EFX SUPERVISOR/DIRECTOR JOHN BAIR AND EP VIVIAN CONNOLLY

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Guerilla FX (GFX), a visual effects, production, post finishing, design and interactive house, continues its expansion with the addition of Creative Director/Effects Supervisor/Director John Bair and Executive Producer Vivian Connolly, it was announced today by Partner/Creative Director Thor Raxlen. Bair and Connolly come to GFX from Edgeworx (New York, NY), where they worked as a team, and will be concentrating their energies primarily on feature film effects and titles, medium and long format broadcast effects and titles, and broadcast design. Since joining the Guerilla FX family, Bair and Connolly have begun creating visual effects for Doubt, John Patrick Shanley’s feature; visual effects and titles for the features New York I Love You and The Messenger; and Earth 2100, a primetime 2-hour ABC special about the state of the planet in the year 2100, for which GFX will be producing one-third of the content. In addition, John Bair, who directed the live-action, and was Creative Director for The Real Housewives of New York City has just reprised his role, directing the re-shoot for the new and improved version through GFX “I’ve known John for many years. He was doing the same thing at Edgeworx that I was doing at Chelsea Pictures before Doug Robbins and I established GFX. We shared a lot of the same freelancers and were resources for each other but never actually met. When I heard he was looking for a new shop, I jumped at the chance to have him join us,� explained Raxlen. “John is a tremendous asset, a consummate artist and a pro. A master of all techniques, John, when given the freedom to create, he really thinks outside the box and comes up with extraordinary solutions. Having another strong gun in the GFX arsenal is wonderful for us and, for the right project, he will also be available through GFX for commercial direction. Vivian is a solid and experienced EP who has worked hand-in-glove with John for years. Couldn’t be more delighted to have these two strong and very talented additions to our team,� he continued. John Bair, GFX Creative Director/Director/Visual Effects Supervisor John Bair has worked as a Visual Effects/Animation Supervisor and Creative Director on numerous feature film and broadcast productions. Throughout his career, he has been captivated by both the creative arts and new technologies, and years of experience in combining the two have given him diverse perspectives on design and postproduction. For the last decade he was Creative Director at Edgeworx where he completed myriad feature film projects including the visual effects and main titles for Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York; main title design and animated sequences for Michel Gondry’s Be Kind Rewind; and animated sequences for John Cameron Mitchell’s Shortbus and the visual effects for his Hedwig and the Angry Inch. In addition, Bair was Creative Director on Youssou Ndour’s documentary I Bring What I Love, U2 3D and Chicago 10; Main Title Designer and/or VFX Supervisor on Sleep Dealer, Carriers, Trucker, Diminished Capacity, Birds of America, Life in Flight, Grace Is Gone, Dedication, Steep; and CG Artist and/or Supervisor on The Quiet, Herbie: Fully Loaded, D.E.B.S. (tunnel sequence) and The Kid Stays in the Picture. In the broadcast arena, Bair’s credits as Animation Supervisor include Prehistoric Megastorms and The Universe for History; NOVA doc’s including Judgment Day, Marathon Challenge, Saved by the Sun, Monster of the Milky Way, Building on Ground Zero, Newton’s Dark Secrets, Origins, and The Elegant Universe; He was Design and Animation Supervisor for The War (Florentine Films/Ken Burns); Animation Director on Rx for Survival (PBS); CGI Animator/Supervisor for Peter Jennings Reporting: UFOs - Seeing Is Believing (ABC) and Creative Director for SeeMore’s Playhouse 2006-2008 (APT). As Animation Supervisor, VFX Supervisor or CG Artist he contributed his considerable talents to a number of music videos including Two Times Blue (Debbie Harry), Androgynous (Joan Jett), 4 Kicks and The Bucket (Kings of Leon), Title and Registration (Death Cab for Cutie), Rebellion (Arcade Fire) and Nowhere Again (Secret Machines). John Bair also directed, designed and animated the short First Life and was the VFX Supervisor on a second short, Jaunt. Productions to which Bair has contributed have garnered multiple honors, including Official Selections at the Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca, Toronto and Berlin film festivals, two Peabody Awards, a CINE Golden Eagle, a PROMAX/BDA Award, and an International Monitor Award. His animated short, First Life, was an Official Selection for the Siggraph 2004 Animation Theater. Vivian Connolly, GFX Executive Producer Vivian Connolly, a former actress turned television and film producer and children’s story writer, was Head of Production at Edgeworx Inc. where, for the last two and a half years, she oversaw all production and worked closely with John Bair on projects including: SeeMore’s Playhouse (APT), The Real Housewives of NY (Bravo), Chicago 10 (Brett Morgen, director), The Hills promos (MTV), Prehistoric Megastorms (History), The Universe (History), Peabody winner Judgment Day (NOVA), Fractals: Hunting the Hidden Dimension (NOVA), Marathon Challenge (NOVA), History Detectives (PBS), and Saturday Night Live in the '90s: Pop Culture Nation (NBC), among many, many others. Her resume includes a stint at Sharp Entertainment (New York, NY) where she co-wrote and produced 100 Greatest Red Carpet Moments. At Eyeboogie, Inc. (New York, NY) Connoly wrote and produced over 800 interstitials, and two one-hour specials for ABC Family (New York, NY): Hollywood Moms and Hollywood Couples. As a senior writer and producer for Gordon Elliott’s Millbrook Media (New York, NY), she wrote and produced three television series: Follow That Food (Food Network), The Genuine Article (Fine Living Networks) and Door-knock Dinners (Food Network). During an extended freelance period, Vivian Connolly was a producer on the feature Glissando; associate producer on three consecutive years of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize; associate producer on Ted Demme and Richard LaGravenese’s feature documentary A Decade Under The Influence; post-producer on Dennis Leary’s Dennis Leary’s Merry F#%$in' Christmas (Comedy Central); She produced promos for Comedy Central and A&E, and worked as a creative consultant writing show proposals and pitches for K2 Pictures and Helicon Media. Connolly took a break to go back to her roots in the theater and starred in a few off-Broadway plays, and a few even smaller films, before returning to production. Earlier in her career, she served as in-house producer for the New York based graphics and editorial company, Beehive working with clients including HBO, CBS, Sci-Fi Channel, Time Warner, Bravo, AMC and MTV, among others. Vivian Connolly began her television production career as a unit manager in the operations department at the Food Network (New York, NY). About Guerilla FX Guerilla FX, an independent design, effects and post finishing company, is the natural out growth of the relationship created when 0:2:60 Executive Producer Doug Robbins first signed Visual Effects Designer/Editor/Director Thor Raxlen for commercial direction. Together they launched Guerilla FX in January 2006 and this uniquely creative, vertically integrated company of directors, designers, editors, animators, and visual effects artists now takes projects from preliminary discussions through the shoot, editing and effects. In advertising or entertainment, Guerilla FX creative teams has been responsible for producing innovative, creative work for a variety of projects including commercials, integrated marketing, interactive media and has collaborated with Nike, MTV, AT&T, General Mills, Adidas and HP, just to name a few. Guerilla FX and 0:2:60 are headquartered at 121 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001. For further information about the effects and editorial facility, or the advertising production company, contact Theresa Loquercio at (212) 807-7123; and please visit the Guerilla FX website at

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