Harbor grows commercial VFX team
February 1, 2023

Harbor grows commercial VFX team

NEW YORK CITY — A new commercial VFX team has joined the global talent line-up at Harbor (https://harborpicturecompany.com). Creative director Kyle Cody is joined by his long-time collaborator Anne Trotman, as well as fellow creative director Billy Dongyoon Jang. Molly Intersimone joins the studio as senior lead compositor, while Luke Midgley and Hailey Akashian take on compositor roles. Harbor has also added VFX producers Adam Reeb and Adean Gopala Foster. 

Top photo (L-R): Cody, Midgley and Intersimone

VFX specialist Kyle Cody has earned scores of accolades, including a Cannes Gold Lion, Bronze Clio, Cannes Silver Lion, VES and AICE award. He is a D&AD award winner. His strong creative direction, versatility and leadership skills have seen him develop an instinct for spotting and nurturing new talent and managing a team of over 50 artists during his time with The Mill and Gravity. Cody has collaborated with filmmakers such as Peter Thwaites, Nicolai Fuglsig, Matthijs van Heijningen, Wayne McClammy, Lance Acord, Mark Zilbert, Markus Walter, Johnny Green and Lady Gaga. Premium brand work includes collaborations with Samsung, Nissan, Ford, Chevrolet, Johnnie Walker, PlayStation, Mountain Dew, Schick, Crytpto.com and Coca-Cola.  

Photo: Anne Trotman

With an international reputation in VFX as a Flame operator and creative director in London, New York and Shanghai, Anne Trotman has strong relationships with international brands such as Sephora, Target, CoverGirl, McDonald's, Michelob, Google, Calvin Klein, Jimmy Choo, Coach, and L'Oréal. Major advertising agencies she has worked with include Ogilvy, Saatchi and Saatchi, McCann Erickson, Leo Burnett, BBH, RGA, Mother NY, Mythology, W&K NY, and Laird & Partners. 

Some work highlights include Visa's Training Day campaign for the London 2012 Olympics; Chanel Mademoiselle, starring Keira Knightley; and Budweiser's “Lost Dog” Superbowl commercial. Trotman is an active member of the NY Flame User Group (LOGIK), was a member of the AICE Awards Curatorial Committee in 2018 & 2019, and for AICP CAMP Kuleshov 2022. In addition, she was a judge at the prestigious RTS craft and design awards in London, and a member of the Visual Effects Society (VES), where she has been a judge for the past four years. 

Photo: Billy Dongyoon Jang

Bringing a wealth of VFX and CG expertise, garnered over the past 11 years working with major international clients on a host of high-end commercials, Billy Dongyoon Jang has collaborated creatively with Porsche, Nike, Cartier, Coca-Cola, Apple, Facebook. Google, AT&T, Samsung, BMW, Mercedes, Lady Gaga, Nintendo, Playstation, Porsche and Chevrolet. This year, he served on the Jury for the prestigious Clio awards. He also serves as an instructor/mentor at The Savannah College of Art and Design, working with MFA VFX students. Prior to Harbor, Jang was The Mill’s creative lead and, acting as executive director, helped initiate Mill Seoul. 

Molly Intersimone is an award-winning compositor who has created content for a multitude of high-end brands, including Hennessey, Nissan, Toyota, IBM and Cadillac. Her expertise in delivering seamless picture has garnered her collaborations with directors such as David Shane, Henry Scholfield, Behn Zeitlin, and Nicolas Fuglsig. Molly continues to elevate campaigns alongside a host of top VFX teams across New York, and specializes in Nuke and Flame. Previous tenures include The Mill, Method and Blacksmith.

Luke Midgley’s agency client list includes Wieden & Kennedy, Hudson Rouge, Ogilvy, JBW, DDB Chicago, Chrome Productions, Droga5, TBWA and Wavemaker. Major brands he has collaborated with include Paramount+, Ford, Nissan, McDonalds, Bud Light, Pepsi, CocaCola, Michelob, Infinity and Google. Prior to joining Harbor, Midgley spent time with The Mill and as a freelance finish artist. He has full post production pipeline experience as a video editor, colorist and sound mixer. 

Photo: Hailey Akashian

A rising star in the world of VFX, highlights in Hailey Akashian’s career include Michelob’s Superior Bowl for the 2022 Super Bowl, Spotify’s “ll Ears on You, DirecTV’s GOATbusters and Google’s Meet the Google Pixel Collection. Her agency client list includes Wieden & Kennedy New York, Commonwealth/McCann, FCB, Vanyer Media, and The Martin Agency. Major brands Hailey has collaborated with include Google, Ford, McDonalds, Chevy, Volkswagen and Michelob.