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Marina Del Rey, CA – (February 6, 2008) – New Deal Studios has received three VES award nominations from the distinguished Visual Effects Society. The full-service visual effects studio has received several previous award nominations (and wins) from the VES in the past, all for company partner, Matthew Gratzner, for “The Aviator.� The 2008 VES Awards mark the first time the three award nominations for New Deal are for three separate projects, including two feature films and one commercial campaign. The award winners will be announced at the VES Awards Dinner held on February 10, 2008 at the Kodak Grand Ballroom in Hollywood.

New Deal Studios’ VES award nominations include:

Outstanding Models or Miniatures in a Motion Picture
“Spider-Man 3� – Building/Crane Destruction Miniature and Effects
Ian Hunter – Visual Effects Supervisor
Scott Beverly – Mechanical Effects Supervisor
Forest Fischer – Miniature Crew Chief
Raymond Moore – Mechanical Effects Technician

Outstanding Models or Miniatures in a Motion Picture
“Live Free or Die Hardâ€? – Freeway Sequence – F35 Miniature and Effects
Ian Hunter – Visual Effects Supervisor
Scott Schneider – Digital Modeler
Scott Beverly – Mechanical Effects Supervisor
John Cazin – Special Effects Supervisor

Outstanding Models or Miniatures in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
Halo 3 “Believeâ€? Campaign – John 117 Monument Miniature
Matthew Gratzner – Visual Effects Supervisor
Alan Scott – Figures Supervisor
Seth Curlin – Digital and Practical Modeler
Greg Boettcher – Lead Model Maker

“The VES Awards are given to visual effects professionals from visual effects professionals, so receiving recognition from true peers is a substantial honor,� says Shannon Blake Gans, New Deal Studios’ Co-Founder/Executive Producer and CEO. ‘Additionally, our key crew members, many of whom have been with us from the beginning of the company, are very talented artists and it is a real thrill to see them be recognized for their amazing work.�
“All of the projects nominated were put through our new visual effects workflow that we have developed over the past four years,� explains Co-Founder/Visual Effects Supervisor Matthew Gratzner, �and on these projects we were able to refine that process. This new workflow completes the loop of communication between all our studio divisions and the production. This allows New Deal to produce efficiencies that allow for more time to be creative, for costs savings and to build a more consistent look to the effects.

“Having nominations in both film and broadcast—and for three different projects—asserts that New Deal Studios is able to handle multiple, varied projects but still maintain and deliver consistent, high quality work,� concludes Ian Hunter, Co-Founder/Visual Effects Supervisor. “Though we have been nominated in both categories before, each nomination is a confirmation that we are on the right path, advancing the art of storytelling through visual effects as we continue to develop and grow as a company and artists.�

Recent projects completed by New Deal Studios include: “Batman: The Dark Knight,� “Iron Man,� “I Am Legend� (New Deal provided the post-crash helicopter miniature element, pyrotechnic elements as well as inserts), and “Hancock,� also a Will Smith film (New Deal completed the train crash element).

New projects that New Deal Studios is currently working on include: “100 Feet,� a film starring Famke Janssen which New Deal Studios’ is co-producing with Grand Illusions, “The Watchmen,� “Mummy 3,� and “Ashecliffe,� a new film by Martin Scorsese.

About New Deal Studios:
New Deal Studios, Inc is a full service visual effects studio in its twelfth year of business. Started in 1995 by Matthew Gratzner, Ian Hunter and Shannon Blake Gans as a design and miniature effects facility, over the years it has developed into a full service visual effects studio, always with an eye toward producing it’s own projects. New Deal has a full complement of creative services for motion pictures, broadcast, commercial and large format projects that include design, miniature effects, production services and digital effects.

New Deal currently is the leader in the miniature effects niche of the visual effects industry and has continued to build up its stellar reputation as filmmakers that specialize in effects work with successful expansion into photography 7 years ago and digital effects 4 years ago. The company’s competitive edge has always been extraordinary creativity matched with strong management practices. This is the solid foundation upon which New Deal has grown over the years and why all the major studios continue to entrust New Deal with high-profile projects such as Superman Returns, Spider-Man 3, Live Free or Die Hard, Martin Scorsese’s The Departed,
Iron Man and Batman: The Dark Knight.