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SPY Opens New Creative Studio in Santa Monica

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Scott Rader
SPY, a FotoKem company offering creative finishing services for commercials and feature films, has opened a new studio in Santa Monica, CA. SPY: LA extends the capabilities of its main facility in San Francisco, and will specialize in VFX-based commercial productions. SPY: LA began work in December on a number of visually compelling spots for such clients as UPS, Asics, THQ/UFC, Hillshire Farm and Canon. The new West Coast facility is housed in FotoKem’s local sound studio Margarita Mix.

Visual effects artist Scott Rader is joining SPY: LA as creative director and lead Flame artist. He previously worked at top VFX studios such as Radium, Hydraulx and Digital Domain. Rader’s work on numerous television series, feature films, commercials and music videos as an Inferno artist/VFX supervisor has earned him nine Emmys, three Clio Awards, three PromaxBDA Awards and a VES Award.

“Anchored by Emmy award-winning talent and industry leading technology, SPY: LA provides the same level of quality services that is offered in our San Francisco facility,” said co-founder Eric Hanson. “The two studios are securely connected by a high speed network offering real-time interface capabilities between San Francisco and Santa Monica, and this west side location greatly enhances our ability to interface effectively with our clients.”

“There is synergy and scalability for our clients in the aggregation of solutions provided by SPY and Margarita Mix,” said FotoKem senior VP Rand Gladden. “The flexibility of SPY’s interconnected locations and FotoKem’s Burbank headquarters offers a wide range of artistic and technical support from set to delivery. Our goal is to continue to support the creative community through investments in talent and technology.”

Hanson added, “The connection and design of the facilities will empower collaboration; when there are tight turnarounds, creative changes, and advancing deliveries, this will be a great value-add for the creative process.”

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