NYC's Carbon opens LA VFX studio
September 14, 2012

NYC's Carbon opens LA VFX studio

LOS ANGELES – New York visual effects and design house Carbon (, has opened a new office in Los Angeles. The studio will be operated by executive producer Matt Thunell and creative director Chris Noellert.

Carbon opened in 2009 in partnership with editorial house Whitehouse Post. The studio specializes in high-end visual effects, motion graphics and design. The studio has worked on a Google Chrome project, as well as on Google’s It Gets Better spot with Lady Gaga. Other credits include  NBA-themed ESPN spots featuring Kevin Durant and Paul Pierce, and an American Express spot featuring chef Thomas Keller. The newly launched LA office is currently working on multi-spot packages for Microsoft and Ford. The LA studio is located at the Whitehouse Post office in Santa Monica.

Thunell has over a decade of experience at prominent studios and visual effects facilities on the West Coast. He joins the Carbon LA from Motion Theory/Mirada. Noellert is a diverse VFX artist with experience in both the US and European markets.  He also joins Carbon LA from Motion Theory/Mirada. Prior to that time, Noellert spent 12 years in Sweden helping to open and establish The Chimney Pot brand in Stockholm, Warsaw and Norway before eventually opening his own studio, Syndicate Ent, in 2000.  

Thunell and Noellert are joined by senior Flame artist Pete Mayor from Method.  The new team will extend Carbon’s reach into photoreal CG work, including digital environments, effects animation, and automotive, with art direction and concept design.  Carbon will take advantage of a high-speed pipeline between the NY and LA offices to facilitate larger projects and share work.