Kiki Chansamone and Jason Forest Create Finishing House Bully Bros. Post

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Sun, 01/11/2009 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Creative Director/Lead Effects Artist Kiki Chansamone and Executive Producer Jason Forest have opened Bully Bros. Post a new full-service post and visual effects facility in Santa Monica California. The facility located at Christopher Sliney’s Playground Media Group will specialize in HD finishing for spots compositing Red and P2 conversions 3D previz/storyboarding and on-set vfx supervision with emphasis on end-to-end workflow creation and full visual effects design and supervision for commercials. Chansamone comes to Bully Bros. after nine years as lead Inferno Artist at Riot in Santa Monica and Forest is the founder/executive producer of TV spot production house Bully Pictures in Marina Del Rey California. The new facility has already finished ad campaigns for IW Group (Wal-Mart and Met-Life) DraftFCB (Taco Bell) Bozell/Jacobs (Alegent Health) Ogilvy & Mather (Nature Made) and Chiat/Day (Visa). Chansamone and Forest have been good friends since meeting on a Bacardi campaign several years ago and that friendship fuels their vision for Bully Bros. Post. “We started Bully Bros. Post with the goal of creating a family atmosphere not just for ourselves but for our clients as well ” Chansamone says. “Artistically and technologically we want to build a company that is based on working with well-known brands for well-known agencies.” Chansamone a professional artist his entire adult life began his career as a penciler at Marvel Comics at age 18. After studying at UCLA he joined Modern Videofilm in 1996 doing rotoscope work on animated shows such as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers later becoming a lead artist on TV’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer.  He joined Riot in 1999 working on features such as Armageddon Species and Mortal Kombat as well as building a loyal following of high-profile TV commercial clients that included Microsoft UPS Geico Ford GM Toyota Honda and Taco Bell. Forest was a freelance producer in commercials and music videos for a decade before starting his own commercial production company Bully Pictures. He brings soup-to-nuts experience from pre-production through finishing to the new entity.  The company’s other partners are rounded out by Sara Barnthouse and Gaelon Swift.  Barnthouse was a producer/rep at Jigsaw Editorial and brings a combination of post-production and marketing experience. Swift has been responsible for engineering nearly every technological system for the company and continues to help keep Bully Bros. on the cutting-edge as new shooting and finishing formats hit the marketplace.   “We’re not just a finishing house; from storyboard to delivery we can do everything at the Playground ” says Chansamone. “Because of our experience with effects supervision we can work with agencies to cover everything from assisting on conceptual design to working with creatives and directors to help determine the best ways to approach vfx shots. We also shoot second unit for green screen as well as production and capture for effects-oriented projects. For us it’s all about being involved as early in the pipeline as possible.” Bully Bros