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Northern Lights Expands Into 4,500 sq. ft. Chelsea SpaceAdds Editor Patrcik Burns and Producer Arthur Tremeau (September 27, 2001)
"Launching Northern Lights Post in as competitive a market as New York is not easy but we've been very fortunate by having loyal clients and a great staff that made our growth possible. With the addition of Patrick and Arthur and our new space we have the talent, resources and space to service our clients even better than before," said Littman.
Patrick Burns: Known for his deft touch with comedy spots, editor Patrick Burns (31) joins Northern Light Post following a year at the now-defunct Shooting Gallery, New York, where he lead their commercial editorial division. Burns left there following the company's closure.
"When it became apparent that the Shooting Gallery was having problems, I began to send my reel out to a couple of edit houses that I liked and respected," explained Burns. "Northern Lights liked my work and after meeting with Mark and David I knew this would be the right place for me. They have a forward-thinking approach to editing, to client services and to how a creative company should be run. Also, since they had no other comedy editors on staff I knew I could come in and immediately fill an important niche."
A graduate of Boston University where he studied film, Burns started his career in 1994 at Troma Films as their director of acquisitions, where he would look for finished films that the company could license and distribute. And, thanks to Troma's old tape-to-tape editing machine, Burns quickly discovered a talent for editing.
"My appreciation of editing began in film school but I was never sure how to apply it," said Burns. "Editing is like trying solve a puzzle you've got all this raw film and you have to figure out the best way to tell a story with it in thirty-seconds. You realize the power you have in the creative process when you see that the difference between something that makes you laugh or gives you chills is often just a few frames. Finding that exact emotional moment in a scene is what drives me."
From Troma Films Burns joined McCann-Erickson in 1995 as their AV Coordinator. There he learned non-linear editing and eventually became involved in a campaign for Crunch Fitness Centers. Burns wound up producing, directing, and editing several of the spots. His work was rewarded with a Gold and a Silver Addy Award in 1996.
After freelancing for much of 1997, Burns joined CBS News as an editor in 1998. A year later he left there to join the New York-based editorial house Consulate before leaving in 2000 to join the Shooting Gallery.
In addition to his commercial work, which includes recent spots for ESPN, The Wiz, and Bob's Stores, Burns has also worked on several short film projects. Among them a short documentary directed by Young Kim of LA production company Lil' Minx called "Bozo Zuko" about Japanese motorcycle gangs; and "Keepin' Time," a short documentary about the LA hip-hop scene directed by B Plus. He also edited a music video for Heavy Floe co-directed by Nick Spooner (half of directing team Spooner and French) and Darren Aronfsky (director "Requiem for a Dream").
"We're thrilled that Patrick has joined us," said Gioiella. "His sense of comedy really rounds out our editing roster."
Arthur Tremeau: Producer Arthur Tremeau (28) comes to Northern Lights Post following four years as a commercial producer at Post Perfect, New York. There Tremeau oversaw the postproduction process of much of the commercial work that past through Post Perfect, including projects that were edited at Northern Lights Post. Tremeau began his career in 1991 at National Video Center where he cut his teeth in their billing and scheduling department before becoming a producer.
"I had always worked at larger facilities so I was ready for the change of pace of a smaller company. I first came to know Northern Lights Post because they were a client of Post Perfect and I handled many of their sessions," said Tremeau. "I always got a good vibe from Northern Lights; Mark and David are energetic and fun but also very creative and detail oriented."
According to Mark, Tremeau's experience at larger facilities where he shepherded numerous projects through literally every facet of post production made him the perfect person to take over the day-to-day production needs of Northern Lights Post.
"Arthur can handle many things at once, and truly understands what clients' needs are, so he can really add something to their projects," said Littman.
About Northern Lights Post: Founded by editors Mark Littman and David Gioiella, Northern Lights Post is a creative editorial house, powered by Avid Media Composer nonlinear editing systems, that specializes in advertising, broadcast promos and long form television and feature film projects. Advertising clients include Saatchi & Saatchi, Bates Advertising, Lowe/Lintas, and Ogilvy & Mather, while Broadcast and Promo customers feature Bravo, Independent Film Channel, and ESPN. Their long form work includes MTV's popular show "Cribs" as well as numerous VH1 specials. In addition, the indie film "Red, White and Yellow," directed, produced and edited by Mark Littman, won critical acclaim on the film festival circuit with screenings at The Hamptons Film Festival, The New York and Chicago Underground Festivals, and the Bangkok (Thailand) Film Festival.
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