The Molecule’s west coast branch is having a housewarming today to announce our move to The Hollywood Production Center’s N. Gower Street office in Hollywood. Our LA team is relocating just a stone’s throw away from it’s former office to a new block just south of Sunset Blvd – a spot that is central to the bustling Hollywood activity.
Lauren Ellis, The Molecule’s VFX Producer in LA, says, “With feature film and TV shows cycling in and out of the halls, it’s the perfect neighborhood for our LA office to continue it’s expansion into the Hollywood entertainment community.”
The HPC’s building is home to many production teams including scripted televisions giants Warner Brothers and HBO. It is the perfect setup for professionals in the industry to work among like-minded individuals, and the property’s layout nurtures creativity, collaboration, and community.
If you’re in the neighborhood, come check us out! We’re welcoming our new neighbors in The Hollywood Production Centers to stop by, chat over drinks, pick up some swag, and check out our work.
“Ballers” is HBO’s newest addition to their Sunday night time slot. The show premiered last weekend, and it centers on former NFL player Spencer Strasmore (played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) who now stays in the game by playing financial advisor to current NFL pros.
The opening titles for the new series were created by The Molecule’s Motion Graphics department.
“Our main goal was to take a lo-fi, candid approach to representing football as part of America’s DNA, while introducing Miami in all its splendor as one of the sport’s Valhallan cities,” explains Chad Sikora, The Molecule’s Animation Supervisor.
Not all visual effects involve car explosions, buildings toppling over, or satellites circling the earth. Sometimes in order to keep continuity or better tell a story, visual effects are used in subtle ways leaving the audience oblivious the image was ever affected at all.
In the case of the newly released film “Love And Mercy” starring John Cusack and Paul Dano, these covert techniques were sprinkled throughout the film. Whether it was enlarging a sailboat in the water to emphasize it’s appearance, or replacing a pair of shoes for continuity, many visual effects go completely unnoticed.
Hey Blog Readers!
It’s been a minute since we’ve updated this space. Truth is, there’s been a lot going on here at The Molecule and we’re pumped to tell you about it all.
First of all, the biggest news… The Molecule just had a pretty huge birthday. We’re 10 years old! There have been a lot of changes in the VFX industry that we’ve been able to see take place over the last decade, and it’s been amazing to watch it all happen. You can check out more about our anniversary in the latest Post New York Alliance Newsletter.
The Mobile World Congress kicked off this weekend in Barcelona, and The Molecule got a front row seat during HTC’s keynote presentation of their new flagship phone, the M9. We designed and produced the graphics treatment and release video for the presentation.
We will have more behind-the-scenes info to come, but in the meantime, check out this cool cameo of Molecule CEO Chris Healer with HTC CMO Idris Mootee at the conference..