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Phosphene Moves to Expanded Quarters

After a year of phenomenal growth, Phosphene needed room to accommodate its expanding staff and client base (April 08, 2011)
DMN Newswire--2011-4-8-- 


Phosphene, the independent visual effects and design house led by Founders/Co-Owners John Bair and Vivian Connolly, has moved its operation into new and expanded quarters. Working closely with architect Ronald Nemec R.A. on the design of the new studio, Phosphene has more than tripled its space and created a versatile modernist loft located at 180 Varick Street, Suite 1621, New York, NY 10014; Phone (646) 350-3370. 


“We grew faster than we anticipated and discovered almost immediately that we needed more space for our growing staff and a more comfortable work environment for our clients,” explained Bair, who is also Phosphene’s Creative Director/VFX Supervisor.


Phosphene launched in 2010 and hit the ground running with an assignment to design and execute the visual effects for the first season of HBO’s “Treme”. This project was followed immediately by “You Don’t Know Jack” (HBO), directed by Barry Levinson and starring Al Pacino, for which they manipulated time and space, substituting footage of Pacino into archival footage of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.  Then came “Salt”, with Angelina Jolie and Liev Schreiber, which required augmenting and manipulating  the physical environment, building 3D computer generated images representing both  sides of Korea’s demilitarized zone, and seamlessly integrating a dozen shots into the live-action footage.  "Simultaneously, we were completing effects for George Nolfi's ‘The Adjustment Bureau’ with  Matt Damon and Emily Blunt,  ‘The Beaver’ with  Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson (as yet unreleased), and Brad Anderson’s ‘Vanishing on 7th Street’ with Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo," added Vivian Connolly, who also serves as Phosphene's Executive Producer.


Today, Phosphene is in the process of designing and executing elaborate virtual environments for Brett Ratner’s thriller “Tower Heist” with   Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy and Alan Alda, while also completing the visual effects for Jason Reitman's “Young Adult” starring Charlize Theron.  For their television clients, Phosphene is busy creating the visual effects for the second season of HBO’s “Treme”, and just wrapped Todd Haynes’ “Mildred Pierce” for HBO, which included everything from elaborate set extensions to tiny detail work fixing anachronisms.  In addition, Phosphene has completed numerous shots for NBC-TVs “30 Rock”, and show packages for both “The Real Housewives of D.C.” (for which Bair directed the talent) and “The Real Housewives of Miami”. 


“The beauty of our new custom-designed studio lies in its spatial fluidity and the open floor plan which is visually elegant and highly functional, yet warm and friendly,” stated Connolly. "We thrive on creating unique visuals for our projects, so we are always experimenting with ways of mixing digital effects with practical, analog methods. The flexibility of the space helps accommodate the way we like to work with a variety of artists and techniques, and we think our clients will enjoy the way this will help us continue to develop striking visuals for their films and programs," Bair continued.


In addition, Phosphene’s  huge East facing windows provide an expansive view of the city and illuminate the open, sun filled creative bullpen which houses an ever expanding group of artists, animators and producers working with NukeX, Adobe Creative Suite 5, and 3ds Max 2011 with V-Ray rendering. This open environment encourages creative collaboration, an easy flow of information, and inspires the sharing of techniques and ideas.


Finally, Phosphene’s location is tremendously convenient for their clients as it is just blocks from Deluxe, Technicolor, Post Factory NY and PostWorks.


Phosphene is located at 180 Varick Street, Suite 1621, New York, NY 10014.  For further information contact [email protected]; Phone (646) 350-3370; Fax 212) 671-1734; or visit




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