Press Release from Manic
New York-based Manic Design + Visual Effects has signed renowned veteran VFX Artist . Elkins, a 20-year industry leader, has a reputation for transforming the impossible into reality on screen. He has collaborated on high-profile, award-winning work for top brands and agencies, and as one of the most sought after independent visual effects artists in recent times, Elkins has left his impression at many top visual effects houses throughout NYC. His decision to arrive at Manic clearly reflects and strengthens the fast growth the Manic brand has experienced in the past year. His portfolio includes spots for Diet Coke, McDonald's, OppenheimerFunds, Miller Genuine Draft, American Express, Puma, M•A•C Cosmetics and Roche to name a few. A versatile talent, Elkins also has a hand in main title sequences for feature films, most recently 2008's Definitely, Maybe.
"Having David along side VFX Artist Steve Zourntos and Creative Director Fran Roberts propels Manic's already strong visual effects presence in the industry to the forefront of the business," noted Manic MD Bob Cagliero. "David's work is just stunning and he is the consummate artist, while being technically adept - there's no challenge he can't meet or exceed". "David has collaborated on some terrific work with us as a freelance artist - we're thrilled he decided to make Manic his home".
Prior to joining Manic, Elkins worked via his own banner, collaborating with, among others, Massmarket/Psyop, The Mill, Framestore, Smoke & Mirrors, Suspect, We Are Plus, Imaginary Forces, and Absolute. He also spent nine years at R/GA as lead Flame and composite artist and six years at Spontaneous as director of VFX.
"I have been freelancing around New York for more than four years, and I was missing that feeling of being grounded," noted Elkins. "I've always been a team player and joining Manic will give me the opportunity to be part of a team again. They're an ambitious company, a growing brand, and have a lot of momentum right now. All the parts are in place for me to help embolden Manic's reputation for cutting-edge visual effects."
Manic is a comprehensive creative solution for conception through completion of all media. Based in NoHo NYC, Manic delivers live-action production, cutting-edge motion graphics, 2D and 3D VFX, design, animation, and high-end finishing services for clients working in commercials, feature films, television, music videos and broadcast. The company's artists and principals have led campaigns for notable brands such as Nike, Virgin Mobile, Acura, Reebok, Verizon, Maybelline, and Apple from major agencies TBWA/Chiat/Day, Merkley+Partners, McCann Erickson, and JWT to name a few. www.nycmanic.com