Montreal-based audio and VFX house, Boogie Studio, announced a spate of new hires and appointments, including new producer/business development manager Patrice Cormier, online assistant/color artist Cristel Bergeron online editor and visual effects artist Cadie Desmeules-Desbiens and renowned colorist Gary Chuntz, all formerly with Technicolor Montreal’s commercial/VFX division, which recently closed.
“Technicolor decided to cut the commercial/VFX division and go back to its roots in DI,” explained Cormier. “So we spoke with Boogie Studio and discovered we had a perfect fit. Everything was aligned – even the timing was perfect for all parties. They have an exceptional team at Boogie and we’re delighted to be able to join them.”
Cormier comes to the position with over 25 years of experience in the visual effects industry. Prior to joining Technicolor, where he served as operations manager and senior producer for the company’s commercial/VFX division, he worked both freelance and for numerous facilities, including MétéoMédia, RDS, Buzz, Autodesk and Technicolor. He was also an instructor at Autodesk and participated in the development of Smoke, the comprehensive postproduction system widely used in commercials work.
Cormier is known for his organizational skills, business acumen, artistic expertise and encyclopaedic knowledge of postproduction and visual effects.
Cormier explained that some former Technicolor advertising clients will be making the move to Boogie Studio as well. “We’re looking forward to filling the niche that Technicolor left for us. When the announcement was made, I’d already booked sessions for a national campaign for Nissan and we had several clients we’d been working with for years,” said Cormier.
A native of the Saguenay, Desmeules-Desbiens studied media arts and technology in Jonquière. After spending the next three years as a journalist for the Grand Journal TQS, she began co-producing live segments and editing reports while diving into postproduction technologies and online editing. She spent four years at Technicolor where she mastered compositing and visual effects on Smoke, Flame, After Effects and Modul8 and worked on the visual effects for films such as Incendie, Les amours imaginaires, Filière 13, Le journal d’Aurélie Laflamme and Gerry pour l’amour de Dieu, as well as TV commercials for Nissan, Rogers, Danone, and many other brands. An artist in her own right, Desmeules-Desbiens is also known for her remarkable VJ performances!
Chuntz began working in a film lab before starting his digital career in South Africa at Video Lab in 1982. He was senior colorist at The Moving Picture Company in London and at Command Post/Toybox in Toronto. He was a co-founder of Notch, one of Canada’s premiere boutique post houses.
Most recently, Chuntz served as a senior colorist at Technicolor Montreal where he became part of the core commercials team now making the transition to Boogie Studio. Chuntz’ client list is a virtual who’s who of international brands, including Ford, VW, Budweiser, Molson, Canon, Hyundai, and Pepsi.
“Gary and Patrice and their group are a strong addition to our facility,” said Boogie Studios’ co-founder Benoit Martel. “We are delighted to have them join our team.”