SANTA MONICA — San Francisco-based Spy (www.spypost.com), the FotoKem company that offers creative finishing services for commercials and feature films, has opened a new studio in Santa Monica. Spy: LA extends the capabilities of its main facility and will specialize in VFX-based commercial productions.
The new studio is located within FotoKem’s Margarita Mix sound studio, and got up and running back in December with work on spots for UPS, Asics, THQ/UFC, Hillshire Farm and Canon.
In related news, VFX artist Scott Rader (pictured) has joined Spy: LA as creative director and lead Flame artist. He previously worked at Radium, Hydraulx and Digital Domain, and has contributed to numerous television series, feature films, commercials and music videos. His work as an Inferno artist/VFX supervisor has earned him nine Emmys, three Clio Awards, three PromaxBDA Awards and a VES Award.
Spy co-founder Eric Hanson says the two studios are securely connected by a high-speed network that offers realtime interface capabilities. “This west side location greatly enhances our ability to interface effectively with our clients,” he adds.