CHICAGO — The bicoastal creative studio Carbon (www.carbonvfx.com) has opened a new Chicago studio that will serve the Midwest market. The VFX, post production and design studio is located on the fifth floor of the Courthouse Building where editing house Whitehouse Post is also located.
Leading Carbon’s Windy City operations are executive producer Phil Linturn and creative director Liam Chapple, a pair of European production experts who reflect the new office’s emphasis on conveying fresh, global perspectives to the Chicago market. Linturn joins Carbon after spending over a decade visual effects company Glassworks. There, he moved up EP to COO of its European network, which includes offices in London, Barcelona and Amsterdam.
(L-R) Carbon Chicago's Chapple and Linturn
Chapple’s work at London design and animation studio Mainframe caught Carbon’s eye. During his tenure at Mainframe, he led design and direction on notable projects, including a campaign for iconic British department store Harrod’s and a Promax BDA-winning BBC promo for the Wimbledon tennis championships.
According to Linturn, Carbon Chicago will launch with a core creative and production team able to brandish their talents with tools and offerings including several Flame suites with 5.1 surround sound, the latest DaVinci Resolve color-grading suite, and a fully-equipped CGI and motion design studio.
“For me, the most appealing aspect of the new studio is that it’s an amazing opportunity to help mold the future of a dynamic brand,” Chapple explains. “We plan to continue to deliver the high standards of VFX and color that Carbon is known for, while broadening our horizons to encompass creative direction and design lead projects. The range of skills we’re bringing together will allow us to offer a complete start-to-finish service, guiding clients through the whole process from design through post production to color and finishing.”