Flavor, a Chicago-based production studio, announced the addition of Christopher Elliott to its staff as finishing/VFX editor. Elliott joins Flavor from Utopic, where he was director of finishing. Prior to that, he held staff positions with Red Car, Chicago and Optimus.
Elliott has contributed to commercial projects for brands, agencies, directors and production companies. Among those are the Esurance spot, aired during the 2014 Super Bowl, as well as McDonald‘s 2013 Super Bowl spots and others for Anheuser-Busch, Jeep, Miller Lite, Nintendo and Reese’s. His documentary, The River to River Run, was honored by The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences College Awards for best documentary. His animated short, Stubble Trouble, for Calabash Animation was nominated for the best animated short Oscar in 2001. His documentary credits also include the National Endowment for the Arts‘ Big Read series. A graduate of Southern Illinois University, his early work experience includes cutting local commercials and on-air promotions for PBS station WSIU.
“We set out to find someone with considerable postproduction finishing experience who could handle the high-end VFX and compositing side of things,” said Flavor’s executive producer Neal Cohen. “We also wanted someone who knew our clients and could hit the ground running here in the Chicago market. We got extremely lucky with Chris. After a nationwide search, he was the only person we found who met each of these requirements.”