In August of 2014, Psyop Film and Television began a journey led by Kymber Lim, flanked by a team of fearless execs including Mark Driscoll, Henrik Fett, and Colleen Bachman. Joining them were none other than VFX Supervisors Marshall Krasser, Dan Levitan, and Dan Schrecker, who shared in the team’s goal of not only launching the Psyop brand into the Film & TV space, but joining our brand’s famous creative vision with some of the top filmmakers in the industry. As we celebrate the 1st birthday of this new Psyop team, we can’t help but reflect on the hard work and exciting times that have been written into the history books.
Jennifer is feeling super pumped about Psyop’s first year!
Last year, the division hit the ground running with work on several feature films, from critical darling A Most Violent Year to the opening title sequence on the Michael Mann thriller Blackhat. The team also flexed their creative muscles behind the scenes, contributing concept design and some dynamic pitchwork for Lorenzo di Bonaventura’s Hell Bent. Psyop’s first major big screen credit came on with a bang in the form of the explosive summer action-comedy American Ultra, starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg. Thanks to the NYC team, no scene lacked for haze-filled, bullet-riddled landscapes. Audiences were treated to no less than fifty-eight Psyop-enhanced scenes, including some seamless power-of-ten shots pulling back to reveal helicopters, drones, and satellites orbiting the earth. Since completing that film, the New York squad has been working to complete over 230 shots on Hail Caesar, the Coen Brothers much-anticipated next feature film. If simply collaborating with filmmakers of this calibre wasn’t awesome enough, we’re delighted to announce that this is our first feature film as the sole VFX provider. Meanwhile, the Vancouver team is rocking out over 400 shots for director Gavin O’Connor’s thriller The Accountant, where Ben Affleck plays a superbly intelligent accountant by day and ruthless assassin by night, and growing the list of Psyop Film & TV projects that you absolutely must see.
Managing Director Kymber Lim spoke about this division’s contribution to Psyop, saying “I love seeing all of the pieces come together. Being able to take advantage of what Psyop is known for–world building, character creation, storytelling, and design–and then taking that into the feature world has been amazing. The most exciting thing for us is to imagine, design, and execute in order to bring a director’s vision to life.”
Psyop continues to pursue episodic television as well, and is in the middle of several exciting projects for the small screen. In our Vancouver studio, we’re involved in Amazon’s biggest and most sophisticated original series yet, The Man In The High Castle, as well as embarking on work for the new X-Files series; yes, THAT X-Files, out January 2016! Also slated for a 2016 release is MTV’s adaptation of the popular novel series, The Shannara Chronicles, being completed by Psyop’s Los Angeles team, as well as Into The Badlands, coming soon to AMC. NYC loves their TV shows too, as VFX work gets rolling again over there for Season 2 of Amazon’s Mozart In The Jungle.
If you’re worried that we don’t quite have enough on our “To-Do” list yet, we should probably mention even more things that Psyop Film & TV is currently working on. VFX magic is being cast on How To Be Single, starring Dakota Johnson, and Arms and The Dudes, from blockbuster director Todd Phillips. Last but undoubtedly not least, blood sweat and Psyop-egg-shaped tears are going into the final shots for David O. Russell’s JOY, starring it girl/action star/Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, and releasing on Christmas Day!
We feel ya, Jonah — things are really kicking up a notch!
You might find yourself saying, enough about Year One, what’s Year Two going to bring? Kymber nailed it, saying, “Of all the new fields Psyop is playing in, I look forward to seeing us continue to grow into a thriving entertainment studio, and keeping up the momentum we’ve already got going to ensure that the seeds we’ve been planting will grow and be fruitful. That is what I want for Psyop as a whole and for each of the people here who give me inspiration every single day to keep pushing forward!”
And so onward and upward we go indeed… A million thanks to each and every one of you coming along on this adventure with us! #TeamPsyop