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Chicken Bone FX Hires BREAK+ENTER VFX Team
BREAK+ENTER's Closure Opens an Opportunity for Chicken Bone FX Studios
By: Chicken Bone FX
Chicken Bone FX first heard of BREAK+ENTER's closure from a mutual client who asked if Chicken Bone was able to take on the scope of work that was jeopardized by the sudden closure. John Renzulli, Chicken Bone FX Founder, and President, quickly determined that the company was ready and able to rapidly scale from both a technology and management perspective. "It's a sad day for the entire VFX community when we hear of vendors shuttering their doors. We are both humbled and excited to have the opportunity to assist our community by employing one of the B+E teams. Adding this talented group of artisans and production professionals strengthens our ecosystem while also filling a void in the market. We are delighted to have them here and proud to give them a place to call home."
Director of Production, Arissa Blasingame, agrees that "the opportunity to acquire the B+E team felt like a natural evolution for Chicken Bone FX. The team is filled with many like-minded professionals who complement the values and mission Chicken Bone strives for within the industry. It is a very exciting time for everyone involved!"
One of the talented individuals Chicken Bone FX was able to hire includes Creative Director / VFX Supervisor, Ari Rubenstein. Mr. Rubenstein is a 30-year veteran with an impressive array of credits spanning features, television, and animation as a VFX supervisor, lead compositor, compositor, match-move artist, character animator, and technical director. Rubenstein served as a key artist responsible for look development and supervision at Blue Sky Studios for 15 years, where he worked on scores of animated features for Disney and 20th Century Fox. Over the course of his career, he has worn virtually every hat in the VFX production pipeline and worked at three industry pioneers, Xaos Inc., Tippett Studio, and Blue Sky Studios. Rubenstein was also the founder and VFX Supervisor/Producer of Curv Studios. Among his many notable credits are Matrix Revolutions, Constantine, Charlotte's Web, and Hellboy.
Rubenstein was integral in making the BREAK+ENTER-
Integrating the BREAK+ENTER team into the Chicken Bone team has been a large undertaking as a small company made easier by some similarities such as a remote workflow and strong culture of connection and collaboration.
Utilizing a virtual office model since its inception, Chicken Bone FX has been strategic in its approach to scalability, both from a technical perspective, being one of the first to employ Virtual Desktop Interfaces utilizing fully remote production teams in visual effects 10 years ago, and from a cultural perspective with its intentionality around connection and team-building with fully remote teams.
"It's truly incredible how without forewarning, we were able to attract and hire almost an entire visual effects team consisting of VFX management, CG artists, Compositors, and a VFX Editor. This was a win for everyone involved– the people we hired who were unexpectedly losing their jobs, our client who could rely on a pre-existing trusted partner to help them avoid project delays and extra expense, and Chicken Bone FX which is now able to take on even more exciting work due to employing significantly more talented artists in the industry," says Emma Everett, Director of Talent & Culture, at Chicken Bone FX.
About Chicken Bone FX Studios
Chicken Bone FX Studios, started by a visual effects artist, has been in the visual effects business since 2012 serving high-end series clients such as HBO, Amazon Studios, Apple TV+ and contributing Emmy-nominated visual effects to series such as See and Foundation. They are a strategic creative partner wielding a unified VFX toolset throughout the entire production continuum to bring creative vision to life. With a remote-based talent pool and processes designed for virtual production from the ground up, Chicken Bone is a valuable partner. Chicken Bone maintains offices in New York City, NY, and Manhattan Beach, CA.
Contact: Emma Everett