San Francisco, CA â€“ (February 11, 2008) â€“
, a leading post-production company based in San Francisco, has opened a CG division and signed VFX Supervisor & Lead CG Artist Joe Henke. Under Henkeâ€™s leadership, Spy Postâ€™s new division is launching into commercial campaigns for Lexus and Interactive Brokers, and continues their CG work on several high-profile feature films.
â€œWeâ€™re excited to meet the changing nature of our business head-on, and by adding a full-service visual effects, CGI, and animation division, we are supporting the needs of our current telecine and visual effects clients while keeping an eye on new project opportunities,â€? remarks Spy Post Partner/CEO Eric Hanson.
â€œFrom the visual effects perspective, weâ€™ve had the opportunity to work with
Joe on two GMC spots and a Saturn campaign,â€? adds Spy Post Partner/Lead Artist Darren Orr. â€œHis skills as a character animator are unsurpassed, and he brings a deep understanding of the CG, visual effects, and compositing workflow.â€?
â€œIâ€™ve known Darren and Eric for a long time,â€? adds Henke. â€œOur collaborations in the past have been fun and rewarding â€“ and we produced great work. When Eric contacted me and said that they were expanding into a full-service CG & VFX house, I jumped at the opportunity. The talented producers and artists here are doing exceptional work. Itâ€™s my kind of place.â€?
Henke brings years of VFX supervision, animation direction, and compositing experience in feature films and commercials. Most recently, he ran his own studio, Hero Motion Pictures, where he worked on various advertising film and video game projects with clients including Electronic Arts and Carl’s Fine Films.
As Animation & Digital Effects Supervisor at CIS Hollywood, Henke contributed to such films as â€œThe Matrix: Revolutions,â€? â€œConstantine,â€? â€œThe Core,â€? â€œScary Movie 3,â€? â€œHerbie Fully Loaded,â€? â€œThe Haunted Mansion,â€? and â€œMy Life in Idlewilde.â€?
Henke spent four years as Animation Supervisor at Wild Brain in San Francisco on numerous award-winning films and commercials, including Annie winners â€œHubertâ€™s Brainâ€? and â€œLamisil Alive!â€? As a freelance animator and digital artist, he has worked on the features â€œThe Haunting,â€? â€œFlubber,â€? â€œThe Relic,â€? â€œEdâ€? and â€œSpecies.â€?
â€œSpy Post is a unique full-service facility for filmmakers and creatives, and Iâ€™m thrilled to be a part of their continuing evolution,â€? concludes Henke. â€œI look forward to building a team that can deliver exceptional visual effects and animation for Spy Postâ€™s film, advertising, and music video clients.â€?
Spy Post is located at 577 2nd Street, Suite 103, San Francisco, CA 94107
T: 415.621.7791. F: 415.621.7792