Phosphene Executes Visual Effects For HBO's You Don't Know Jack
"We met with Barry really early in the process, before they started shooting, and he was very clear about his goals. Being involved in prepro always limits wasted experimentation time - like running through 50 things that don't work - and is a really smart way to keep costs down. John was on set to insure that the green screen recreations, the driving shots, exterior shots, lighting, change of season, TV comps and the like were exactly, technically executed for the compositing. It was all planned out ahead of time and has really paid off," added Vivian Connolly.
On her experience working with Phosphene HBO's Production Supervisor Sarah Connor stated "Really - you guys knocked it out of the park. No one can tell which footage was period and which was made to look so by you. And winter snow in reflections...more delicate 'real' touches by you guys. Editor Aaron Yanes added "Vivian and John created images that are beautiful and inventive while also fitting naturally and seamlessly into the film as a whole. They could make gold from lead, I swear. But most importantly, they are an absolute joy to work with. I'd call them first."
The Phosphene creative team, lead by Creative Director John Bair and VFX Executive Producer Vivian Connolly, included Compositing Supervisor Scott Winston, Composite Artists Connie Conrad, Sergei Martirosov, Thomas Panayiotou and Aaron Raff.
Phosphene utilized After Effects CS4, Photoshop CS4 and Nuke - and PC's (Intel Xeon Processors running Windows XP 64-bit) in the execution of this project.
Representing HBO were Director Barry Levinson; Executive Producers Barry Levinson, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Steve Lee Jones and Glenn Rigberg; Producer Scott Ferguson; Associate Producers Drew Gallagher, Stephen Markey III and Troy Powers; Writer Adam Mazur; Director of Photography Eigil Bryld; Editor Aaron Yanes, and Assistant Editor Ron Dulin; and Postproduction Supervisor Sarah Connors.
The film-to-tape assignment was handled by Colorist Tim Stipan of Technicolor (New York, NY).
Digital Intermediate and Lab Processing was completed at Technicolor (New York, NY) with DI Executive Producer Barbara Jean Kearney, DI Producer Dana Bloder, DI Colorist Tim Stipan, DI Engineer Mike Whipple, Smoke Artist Jay Tilin, Data Manager Andrew Still, and Dailies Advisor Joe Violante.
Phosphene is an independent design and visual effects house led by Founders/Co-Owners John Bair and Vivian Connolly. The principals and their creative team recently completed the internal visual effects for HBO's "Treme" they are in the process of completing visual effects for "The Adjustment Bureau" starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt; On set VFX Supervision and VFX for "The Beaver" starring Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster; VFX for "Vanishing on 7th Street" with Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo; VFX for "Salt" starring Angelina Jolie and Liev Schreiber; and "The Real Housewives of D.C." (Half Yard Productions) for which they are designing and animating the show package; John Bair will direct the talent on this shoot. (While at other companies they created the show packages for both the New York and Atlanta franchises.)
Phosphene is headquartered at 435 Hudson Street, 9th floor, New York, NY 10014. For further information about Phosphene contact vivian@phosheneFX.com (212) 444-5828.
Airdate: HBO Film's premiere, April 24th, 9PM
Title: "You Don't Know Jack"
Description: For "You Don't Know Jack," the magicians at Phosphene, a visual effects and title design company, manipulated time and space seamlessly substituting footage of the film's star Al Pacino into archival footage of Dr. Jack Kevorkian. In addition, Phosphene winterized some of the footage that had originally been captured in the fall, adding digital breath in some scenes, snow in others and defoliating trees and filling in backgrounds as needed. Finally, TV comps were created and inserted when necessary.
Visual Effects Company: Phosphene
City/State: New York, NY
Creative Director: John Bair
VFX Executive Producer: Vivian Connolly
Compositing Supervisor: Scott Winston
Composite Artists: Connie Conrad, Sergei Martirosov, Thomas Panayiotou and