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Pepper Films Thrives

Company expands into new Santa Monica space (July 13, 2004)

Pepper Films has settled into its new space in Santa Monica, while working on several campaigns for Kelloggs through Leo Burnett. With high ceilings and skylights, hardwood floors, and exposed brick and concrete walls, the new home of Pepper Films is conducive to its special brand of creativity. Founded by Animation Director Jean Perramon, Technical Director/Compositor Nick Bates and Producer Christina Cox, Pepper Films provides a unique mix of animation/CG talent and technology for its loyal group of clients.

?After starting our company in a small space only four blocks away, we were quickly overflowing, comments Pepper Films Producer Christina Cox, who co-founded the company with Perramon and Bates in August 2002. ?We found an office that had been occupied by a design firm. Sunny and bright, its got the perfect combination of office and open space. It provides room for freelance artists to work in-house, and gives our employees more workspace and privacy. It is much more comfortable and can accommodate large meetings and many clients.


Peter Lohmeier of Leo Burnett is a long-time collaborator with the Pepper Films team. ?First of all, I've worked with Jean Perramon for many years, says Lohmeier. ?Second, technically, I know that Nick and Jean will push the look of the animation each time we work together.

?When I saw Peppers reel, I could see the high level of craftsmanship, comments Leo Burnetts Tom Gorton. ?Jean's energy and passion for his craft makes it a lot of fun and is evident in the end product.

To view recent projects completed by Pepper Films, go to www.pepperfilms.net, and check out the Portfolio.

?Because Pepper Films is primarily a service business, the formula for success is quite simple, says Animation Director Jean Perramon. ?The most important aspect of our collaboration with clients is to produce good work, so that they keep returning. At Pepper, our work has very high production value. It is quite cinematic, and has many layers. We look for artists who are very adept at problem-solving, and who have a passion for the work.

?Todays agency creative teams need their animated commercials to look more 3D, but with the character and personality of traditional 2D animation, adds Technical Director/Compositor Nick Bates. ?The clients characters are icons and must be instantly identifiable with their in-store product packaging. We blend 3D and 2D with techniques we develop for each specific brand, sometimes integrating 3D parts within the 2D artists animation. Each project seems to push these techniques further and the complexity for pre-planning every scene reaches extraordinary levels to insure both the 3D and 2D artists meet to provide a complete integration. During production, constant 2D-3D crosschecking is essential to make sure each artist is considering the others needs without compromising their creative contribution. The final integration reaches its zenith during the final steps of composite when both worlds meet.

Pepper Films technology includes: Maya 4.5, USAnimation Opus, Avid Meridien, and After Effects 5.5.


About Pepper Films
Launched in August 2002, Pepper Films is made up of uniquely talented individuals who have collaborated for over 10 years on complex projects in 2D animation, CG, visual effects, live-action production and compositing for feature films, commercials and specialty venue projects. Pepper Films ongoing goal is to provide the highest quality solutions for present and future projects.

Pepper Films is now located at 1548 16th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.
tel: 310.899.6701. fax: 310.899.6705.

www.pepperfilms.net
info@pepperfilms.net


Project Credits:
Client: Kelloggs Froot Loops
Spots: Froot Loops ?Fruit Monster 1, 2, 3 & 4
Airdates:
?Fruit Monster 1 December 2003
?Fruit Monster 2 April 2004
?Fruit Monster 3 May 2004
?Fruit Monster 4 July 2004

Advertising Agency: Leo Burnett, Chicago, IL
Creative Director: Peter Lohmeier
Art Director: T.S. Elliott
Senior VP Producer: Ken Gilberg

Production/Animation Company: Pepper Films, Santa Monica, CA
Animation Director: Jean Perramon
Technical Director/Compositor: Nick Bates
Executive Producer: Christina Cox
Editor: Jamie Norton
Assistant Director: Ingin Kim
CG Production Manager: Rita Franklin
Character Animators: Shane Zalvin, Roberto Casale, Rune Bennicke, Rosana Urbes, Kevin OHara
CG Animators: Jeff Chung, Chris Mackinnon, Mark Shoaf
FX Animators: Dave Bossert, Debbie Middleton
Inker: Ed Hartley
Digital Paint Artists: Serena Reid, Paul Grant, Heather Kahler
Production Assistant: Doug Whitehead
Postproduction Company: Sol Design, Venice, CA
Online Editor: Jeff Heusser
Producer: Jennifer Heusser
Audio Postproduction Company: Chicago Recording Company/Chicago
Mixer: Mike Coyle
Music Production Company: Track Attack/Chicago
Composer: Mat Thornton


Client: Kelloggs Rice Krispies
Spot: Rice Krispies ?Speeding Car, ?Las Vegas, ?Snap Crackle Pop Rocks
Airdates:
?Las Vegas December 2003
?Speeding Car -- April 2004
Snap Crackle Pop Rocks Late September 2004 (still in progress)

Advertising Agency/city/state: Leo Burnett, Chicago, IL
Creative Director: Tom Gorton
Copywriter: Jason Wright
Senior VP Producer: Ken Gilberg
Production Company: Pepper Films, Santa Monica, CA
Animation Director: Jean Perramon
Technical Director/Compositor: Nick Bates
Producer: Christina Cox
Editor: Jamie Norton
Assistant Director: Ingin Kim
CG Production Manager: Rita Franklin
Character Animators: Jae Kim, Robb Pratt, Dave Block
CG Animators: Jeff Chung, Chris Mackinnon, Mark Shoaf, Bjorn Zipprich
FX Animators: Dave Bossert, Debbie Middleton, Joey Mildenberger, Phillip Vigil
Digital Paint Artists: Serena Reid, Paul Grant, Heather Kahler,
Inker: Ed Hartley
Production Assistant: Doug Whitehead
Postproduction Company: Sol Design, Venice, CA
Online Editor: Jeff Heusser
Producer: Jennifer Heusser
Postproduction Company: Brickyard VFX, Santa Monica, CA
Flame artist: Patrick Poulatian
Audio Postproduction Company: POP Sound, Santa Monica, CA
Mixer: Tim West
Music Production Company: AdMusic, Santa Monica, CA
Composer: Paul Schultz

 


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