“Chris and Glen represent an exciting new direction for our company,” stated Steve Reiss, Executive Producer, Sea Level VFX. “Because he’s spent over a decade in Sweden, Chris’ European footprint is huge, so he’ll definitely be an asset as we continue to grow our client base internationally. Glen’s strong commercial and feature film background means he understands the rigorous demands of big effects jobs. His diverse design background is evident in his unique visual eye for the edgy yet beautiful. They’ll both hold up Sea Level VFX’s legacy as a high-end finishing boutique attracting A-list directors, agencies and brands, while taking the company into different markets and services, such as Color Correction and Beauty for HD. In addition, Chris and Glen will help to expand Sea Level VFX’s CG capabilities, which are currently being overseen by our longtime CG Supervisor, Steffen Schubert.”
Both Noellert and Bennett were attracted to Sea Level VFX because of its boutique atmosphere and client-friendly beachside office space designed by renowned architect Roy McMakin (who also coined the name Sea Level), as well as the caliber of directors and brands that choose to bring their work there. Said Noellert, “After working at NordiskFilm, which had upward of 5,000 employees, it’s exhilarating to be back in the boutique environment, where creativity is the focus and we can design a best-of-class team to tackle the most demanding jobs.” Added Bennett, “The fact that Steve recently joined Sea Level VFX was also a huge plus. He’s a great producer, very well respected in this industry and extremely well versed in both the VFX and production worlds.”
The two new hires round out a team that also includes Ben Looram, who has been a free agent for Sea Level VFX for the past few years, and is an integral creative component to the growing team. Looram’s résumé boasts a seven-year stint at A52 as a visual effects artist, and a year and a half residency at Sway Studios as an effects artist specializing in Autodesk Flame systems. His visual effects work on the U2 and Green Day promo for the song “The Saints Are Coming” won a VES and MVPA award, and in 2004, he was part of a team nominated for a Creative Emmy for Main Title Design for the HBO series Carnivale.
About Sea Level VFX
Founded in 1998, Sea Level VFX is a boutique post-production company providing high-end finishing and effects for commercials. Its roster of CG supervisors, VFX producers and Flame and Inferno visual effects artists have contributed to award-winning spots for Adidas, Levi’s, Honda, Nike, Miller Light, MGD and Guitar Hero, among many others. Sea Level VFX works with the industry’s most groundbreaking directors, including Spike Jonze, Mike Mills, Fredrik Bond, Patrick Daughters, Mark Romanek, Tarsem and many others. The company is based in Venice, Calif. For more information: www.sealevelvenice.com or call 310-664-0900.
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