BURBANK — Visual effects artist Shant Jordan, Shahen Jordan, and Ken Gust are launching a new Burbank-based, visual effects boutique, Synaptic VFX, which will provide VFX design, production, 3D stereo conversion, and DI services for feature films, commercials, and 3D stereo conversion productions.
Shant’s body of work supervising and producing visual effects reaches throughout the genres of feature film and television series and video games, while Shahen is best known for his artistry in the arena of matte painting, concept art, and environmental design. Gust adds his experience in the critical areas of post supervision, including DI workflow, stereoscopic conversion, and finishing. This seasoned team offers their specialization in matte painting, concept design and virtual environment development to the earliest stages of production design and previsualization. This focal point for the firm combines the Jordan brothers’ complementary skill sets: Shahen’s gifted fine art and painting talents with Shant’s dexterity in 3D CGI and compositing.
Notable, recent credits in this arena include the planetary Earth-scapes for The Green Lantern, and a stylized series of environments for Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland 3D. Core plans for the studio include building upon these strengths to form a “serious art department.”
Synaptic VFX accommodates a full array of VFX production and post services including:
- Two dedicated editing bays fully equipped for audio editing and mixing, online conform, color grading, and digital delivery; working with 4K and stereo 3D material in real-time.
- Compositing services, including projection, camera tracking, and stereo 3D match-moves.
- On-set supervision of VFX, motion capture, greenscreen/bluescreen
- Previsualization animatics including depth plans for stereo 3D sequences
- Shot and sequence review in the on-site 2D/3D screening room 3D stereography and 2D-to-3D stereoscopic conversion for feature films and television series
- VFX and 3D stereo veteran Rebecca Ramsey joins the studio as executive producer.
The Burbank location was strategically selected for both its proximity to the major motion picture studios and for its direct access to high-speed digital wiring and infrastructure to support the company's delivery of large-scale 4K and 3D stereo files. The group has taken the studio’s design a step further to create an environment that will serve as a home base or a landing stop for their clients. The open floor plan includes a convertible screening room/lounge, which can be enclosed by automated, Bond-esque, black-out curtains. Synaptic’s also offers clients a stage for motion capture, greenscreen, and insert shoots.