Saints LA VFX Launched By Industry Veterans
Regarding the formation of their new company, Larranaga and Kinney said, “The economy has forced us to figure out more viable solutions on how to do better work, while concurrently keeping overhead down. Moving into the Los Angeles Downtown area has given us the ability to do that -- not to mention the artistic vibe on ‘Gallery Row,’ which is lots of fun. The amazing hotels and restaurants featured in this area makes our Loft-style boutique even more appealing to all out of state producers and agencies.”
ABOUT MARK LARRANAGA:
Mark Larranaga began his postproduction career in 1992 at one of Hollywood’s most technically sophisticated post houses, Encore Video. This lead him to many opportunities in the film industry and commercials, and since then, has worked as a Digital Compositor and Visual Effects Supervisor on numerous, high profile feature films, most recently “2012.”
Larranaga’s past has also led to opportunities for him to direct -- the next evolution in his career, and a role that he greatly enjoys. “Taking a project from conception to completion is what I prefer,” he notes.
Says Larranaga, “With my experience in visual effects, I can bring so much more to the table of a production. I often hear that agencies are afraid to hire Visual Effects directors to shoot anything other than FX-oriented spots. However, I feel it’s all about communication and preparation before the shoot that makes a production go well. As a director, I especially like to ensure that my crew, the talent, and myself are all on the same page, before I ever step onto the set.”
ABOUT ZACH KINNEY:
Zach Kinney graduated from Rhode Island School of Design, with a BFA in animation and film. He began his career in 1994, working with renowned visual effects and design company R/Greenberg in New York City. Starting out as a production assistant there, he later worked his way up to designer by honing his artistic and technical skills. After four years at R/Greenberg, Kinney left to begin a career as a freelance designer and motion graphics artist, working for such top, NYC-based design/post houses as EyeballNYC, Trollbäck, and Psyop.
Kinney later spent two years as Senior Design Director with Click 3X, before relocating to Los Angeles. There, he continued his evolution as an artist and pursued additional feature film visual effects work.
Today, Kinney has over 13 years of experience with Adobe After Effects. He has worked on behalf of over 150 major clients, including AMC, HBO, TMC, TNT, MTV, MTV2, VH1, BET, Food Network, Fox Reality, Lifetime, Nickelodeon, NASCAR, and New Balance. He has also produced four AICP show titles, stage graphics for Paul McCartney, and other digital motion graphics for Samsung and HSBC Times Square video billboards, Heavy D, Lugz, MAC Cosmetics, and Volvo.
ABOUT SAINTS LA:
Founded in 2010 by industry notables Mark Larranaga and Zach Kinney, SAINTS LA is a full-service boutique specializing in the creation and production of visual effects and motion graphics for film, television and web content. The company is located at 620 S. Main Street, Suite # 505, Los Angeles, CA, 90014. The phone is 213/489-4900, and the website is www.saintsvfx.com for further information Send inquires to firstname.lastname@example.org.