Visual effects and design boutique Muse VFX has opened its doors in Hollywood, Calif. The company will specialize in advanced visual effects for television, feature films, commercials, special venues and online content. The facility will be led by founder, president, creative director and senior VFX supervisor John Gross and founder, vice-president and VFX supervisor Fred Pienkos.
“We offer a 4K ready boutique environment with incredibly talented people and powerful tools,” said Gross. “We partner with our clients – from pre-production to delivery – developing and executing solutions that provide the most efficient workflows. But ultimately it’s all about our gifted artists and what they are able to create week after week.”
Gross has years of experience in the processes necessary to create high quality visual effects within television’s tight deadlines and budgets while maintaining the highest artistic quality.
Gross is the former senior exec and creative director of Eden FX at Point.360, where he oversaw the company’s creation of visual effects. While there, his team created VFX for television and feature films and recently completed extensive visual effects for the IMAX feature film Mysteries of the Unseen World and the Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Current Muse television clients include MTV‘s Teen Wolf, CBS‘s NCIS and Disney‘s Dog with a Blog.
“While it may seem to be a volatile time for the formation of a new VFX studio, we’re excited about the potential for the growth of Ultra HD along with new episodic content providers like Amazon, Netflix and Hulu,” said Gross. “As a talent-driven studio with next generation workflows, we are looking forward to what is yet to come. A lot of artists long for the experience of the less corporate, yet creatively challenging environment that we have to offer.”