Issue: Studio - February 2008


SAN FRANCISCO – Spy Post (www.spypost.com), here, has opened a new CG division and signed VFX supervisor/lead CG artist Joe Henke. Under Henke's leadership, the new division is posting commercial campaigns for Lexus and Interactive Brokers, as well as providing CG services for several upcoming films.

Henke brings with him years of VFX supervision, animation direction, and compositing experience in both feature films and commercials. Most recently, he ran his own studio, Hero Motion Pictures, where he worked on various advertising film and video game projects. As animation & digital effects supervisor at CIS Hollywood, Henke contributed to such films as The Matrix: Revolutions, Constantine, The Core, Scary Movie 3, Herbie Fully Loaded, The Haunted Mansion, and My Life in Idlewilde.

He spent four years as animation supervisor at Wild Brain in San Francisco, working on a number of films and commercials. His career also includes work as a freelance animator and digital artist.

"We're excited to meet the changing nature of our business head-on, and by adding a full-service visual effects, CGI, and animation division, we are supporting the needs of our current telecine and visual effects clients while keeping an eye on new project opportunities," notes Spy Post partner/CEO Eric Hanson.

"From the visual effects perspective, we've had the opportunity to work with Joe on two GMC spots and a Saturn campaign," adds Spy Post partner/lead artist Darren Orr. "His skills as a character animator are unsurpassed, and he brings a deep understanding of the CG, visual effects, and compositing workflow."