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Removed-Post Asylum Opens New Smoke Suite


Michael Sands
Dallas-based Post Asylum has opened a new Smoke suite for finishing and visual effects and promoted commercial and feature film VFX veteran Michael Sands to helm the new creative suite.

The spacious new room features a Panasonic professional display. “We meticulously designed this suite starting from the bare studs to not only be ideal for light, color correction and angle of view, but also to be stylish and comfortable,” said Sands.

Before joining Post Asylum’s motion design/VFX team in 2008, Sands held positions as an editor, motion designer/animator and VFX supervisor for several studios, including Post Op, Showcase, Pony Productions and Fresh Produce. After 9/11, Sands joined the U.S. Army Reserves, learned Arabic, served two tours in Iraq, earned his jumpmaster certification and retired from the reserves as a staff sergeant in 2011.

Sands recently completed visual effects work on a new TV campaign for York Air Conditioning, as well as finish and VFX for a series of “YES! Putter” spots for Adams Golf. Both campaigns are currently airing internationally in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Currently, Sands is taking advantage of Post Asylum’s new Smoke suite for finish and visual effects (including a mix of 3D and live-action compositing) on a Dallas Cowboy-themed Papa John’s spot featuring Jerry Jones.

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