NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES and LONDON — August 15, 2011 — Jonathan Notaro and his colleagues at international production company and design studio Brand New School (BNS, www.brandnewschool.com) are very proud to announce the appointment of Blake Huber to the position of Flame artist and lead compositor for their East Coast studio.
"We couldn't be happier to have Blake back," Jonathan said. "Since he left, we've all grown and come to appreciate what we had. Seldom do you meet Flame/VFX artists that understand VFX and design the way Blake does."
Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Blake studied Radio/Television and Business at Indiana University, and at the encouragement of his professors, he left for Los Angeles soon after graduating in 1998.
Although broadcast and film were his main passions, he landed as a temp at Warner Bros., where his first professional graphic design assignments were for print projects. His next break came from Post Logic Studios, which hired him as a runner before eventually involving him in animation and VFX assignments. Two years later, he joined Fuel/Razorfish as an animator, which carried him through 2001, when Brand New School brought him on as an animator and Flame artist. Over the next six years, Blake worked hand-in-hand with directors and designers on major spots for Chase, Jeep, Toyota and many others, while also serving as VFX supervisor on live-action shoots, and teaching After Effects at New York University.
Most recently, Blake has been a VFX artist for Charlex in New York since 2007, where he extended his experiences supporting leading directors and creatives and applied his talents to many ambitious projects, including Charlex's animation/VFX showcase entitled "ShapeShifter." Blake's artistry has so far garnered BDA Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards, as well as the AIGA Certificate of Excellence.
"Since my departure in 2007," Blake began, "I have always kept an eye on what BNS has been doing, and I felt like there was a perfect opportunity for us to collaborate once again. My main focus is to bring unity to the compositing and set up a really great workflow. I am always interested in tackling challenging shots and problem solving to find creative solutions. I also enjoy mentoring junior artists and helping others grow. In my absence from BNS I was able to refine my skillset through collaborations with different artists with different techniques. I am excited to be coming back to BNS as a better artist, and I look forward to continually growing and expanding my range with each project I participate in."
About Brand New School
With offices in New York, Los Angeles and London, Brand New School is a vertically integrated production company and design studio that delivers extraordinary media on all platforms. Offering a new model for creative digital production, we are filmmakers, developers, designers, animators, editors, illustrators, and producers dedicated to driving communications to new heights. Akin to leading academic institutions, our guiding philosophies prize experimentation and learning, and our commitment to discovering the best ideas for our clients is absolute. For more information, please visit www.brandnewschool.com.