The New Tenants Wins Oscar – VFX by SMNY

Joachim Back’s The New Tenants took home the 2010 Oscar on Sunday night in the best Live-Action Short category. With VFX and Finishing courtesy of Smoke & Mirrors New York (SMNY), The New Tenants tells the terrifying story of two men who move into an apartment and discover its cursed history through a disturbed cast of neighbors.

Founded by Creative Director/VFX Artist Sean Broughton (NY) and CTO Mark Widig (UK), Smoke & Mirrors is a New York and London-based design, animation and VFX studio. The recent addition of a powerful grading suite delivers complete solutions for any type of project.

A creative and artist-driven company synonymous with vision and originality since its inception, Smoke & Mirrors has consistently succeeded because of its collaborative approach and ability to build lasting creative relationships with directors, producers, agencies and clients alike.

Production in the New York office is led by CCO Sean Broughton, MD Jo Morgan, and Head of Production Sue Romweber. Diverse projects includes the highly challenging Beatles spot for Rockband, as well as spots for LG, Jose Cuervo, and Dove. Recent music video work includes Deadweather’s Treat Me Like Your Mother and Michael Jackson’s This is it.

Smoke & Mirrors has also been involved with such feature films as James Bond and Harry Potter. Each office is fully networked via complementary systems allowing the companies to share resources, expanding their local capacities. Close involvement with hardware and software manufacturers and developers has kept Smoke & Mirrors at the forefront of innovation and technology.

Prod Company: M&M Productions and Park Pictures
Director: Joachim Back
Producers: Sam Bisbee, Tivi Magnusson, Erica Hampson, Christian Potalivo, Johanne Stryhm Hoerby
EP(s): Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Lance Accord, Jean Villiers, Mett Ambro, Gig Realini

Post/Effects: Smoke & Mirrors/NY
CCO: Sean Broughton
Lead VFX/Flame Artist: Sam Caine
Flame Assistant: Ross Vincent
Producer: Paul O’Beirne

Editorial: Whitehouse London
Editor: Russel Icke
Producer: Kate O’Mulloy

Telecine: The Moving Picture Company London
Colorist: Jean Clement Soret


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