FELLOW has opened for business in Venice, California – an innovative company offering agencies and clients a one-stop solution to world-class production and top-notch special effects.
FELLOW consists of exec producers Frederic Liebert and Tom Weissferdt, joined by partners Benoit Vincent and Vincent Wauters – both with extensive experience as 3D VFX Supervisors. Lead 2D VFX Supervisor/Lead Flame Artist Miles Essmiller rounds out the dream team, enabling FELLOW to exclusively take on any level of CG and VFX work.
The FELLOW partners are ready to support the unique and diverse talents of Jonathan Desbiens (aka Jodeb), Uwe Flade, Marcelo Petrella, Stebs Schinner (aka Paper Fortress), Jason Stamp & Sean Starkweather.
“This is a new generation of production company that no longer makes a distinction between live action and post production,” outlines Liebert, leveraging producer experience garnered at a number of award-winning shops including Imaginary Forces and Psyop.
Weissferdt agrees, noting a growing numbers of agencies seeking one-shop solutions in an industry replete with diminished budgets and pressured timelines:
“The division between live-action and post production is no longer needed,” says Weissferdt. “FELLOW is a new paradigm offering clients a roster of directors who have matured in the visual effects, CG and animation worlds.”
Weissferdt takes on exec producer duties while simultaneously handling responsibilities at sister company Slim Pictures. “FELLOW is its own entity – but if someone bids on a Slim director who also needs post we’ll definitely work together,” he observes. “Both companies are affiliated so we will help each other out if opportunity knocks.”
Liebert adds that FELLOW talent is ready and willing to raise their voices. “Each director also has an implicit understanding of the variables involved in both the production and post production worlds,” explains Liebert. “We claim responsibility for everything. We can decipher the consequences of decisions made during production because we operate as the same entity, meaning no need for clients to jump ship and deal with a different company’s politics.”
Meanwhile, Liebert and Weissferdt look ahead with infective optimism, focusing on essential solutions in an industry awash with shifting expectations:
“There is definitely a learning curve on the agency side to understand the FELLOW model because the industry is so tied to the traditional path,” Liebert concludes on company protocol. “However, we have enormous firepower for our size, are different, fresh and possess a unique offering – so we look forward with great promise to the creative road ahead.”