Method Studios Promotes Claus Hansen to Head of Creative Finishing

-- Division signals expansion with the addition of Smoke artist Aaron Neitz --

Los Angeles, CA – Visual effects company Method announced that it has promoted Claus Hansen to head up its Creative Finishing division as creative director. Hansen, who has worked with Method since its 2009 merger with RIOT (where he’d been on staff since 1999), oversees all creative projects for the division in addition to contributing his own talents as a finishing/VFX artist. Recent projects from Hansen at Method include spots for Playstation with Deutsch, Nike “Puppets” and Jeep “Manifesto” with Wieden+Kennedy, and Scion “xB Splicer” for ATTIK.

“Method’s Creative Finishing division has continued to expand, growing into a robust team of highly skilled artists with a wide range of talents, and Claus’s leadership ensures that all finishing projects are subject to Method’s high standards for quality,” said Method’s Creative Finishing executive producer Robert Owens. “More than any other company, what we offer clients is bandwidth and talent. Our strength is in the team and its ability to work together.”

The Creative Finishing division has expanded to fill the third floor of Method’s recently remodeled Los Angeles facility, featuring comfortable rooms with stunning balcony views attended by Method’s client services team. The division is staffed with five Flame artists, including Hansen, and the team’s two Smoke artists have recently been joined by the newly hired Aaron Neitz. In addition, with Method’s CG and compositing teams available for more complex VFX just one floor away, finishing clients also have access to powerful effects for their commercial projects.

“We’re thrilled about the growth of the Creative Finishing division, and applaud the quality of projects that have come to Method under Claus’ leadership,” commented Patrick Davenport, Method’s VP of operations. “In addition, there are tremendous benefits to having a visual effects team on hand for CG work or other complex VFX needs outside of finishing. Method has the infrastructure and talent to tackle even the most involved VFX projects, which means that we can offer our finishing clients a wide range of services.”

Claus, Hansen, Creative Director, Creative Finishing, Method Studios

Hansen got his start in visual effects through his work at Danish national television station DRTV, where he designed title opens for various shows and helped create the station’s identity. In 1997, he moved to the U.S. and joined Encore Hollywood, where he created titles and graphics for Comedy Central, CNBC and other broadcast accounts. He has also created visual effects for a number of television series including “The X-Files,” “Charmed” and “Ally McBeal.” A native of Denmark, Hansen graduated from the Danish design school Kunsthåndværkerskolen with a degree in illustration and graphic design.

“Method’s Creative Finishing division has truly become a force to be reckoned with. We have the power and the people, and since we can always ramp up to go full steam ahead, no job is too big or too small,” Hansen said. “The team has a great combination of very talented people, and we all work incredibly well together. With our very dedicated in-house producers, all our jobs go very smoothly. Because we can scale our resources and technology to the needs of any given project, we’re able to deliver projects on a very timely manner.”

About Method Studios
Based in Los Angeles, with locations in New York and London, Method Studios is a leading postproduction facility providing a full range of visual effects services including conceptual design, look development, 3D animation/CGI, matte painting, compositing and finishing. Method Studios also provides an array of services to stereoscopic film productions, including the creation of stereo 3D content. Method's sister company, Company 3, maintains a full stereoscopic color-grading suite in the same building as Method’s Los Angeles facility, most recently used for Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland."

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