Manic has signed post-production veteran Jason Ortenberg as Sr. VFX Artist to join the company's renowned creative team. A mainstay in the advertising and feature film spaces, Ortenberg's recent credits include beauty work for Maybelline and L'Oréal, as well as lead VFX artist work for brands like Hershey's, Wendy's, The NFL, Verizon, American Express, and Citibank. His feature film work includes credits on the Star Wars Trilogy special edition and the epic Cremaster 5 directed by Matthew Barney, among others. He has worked as an inferno artist on Sphere and Alien: Resurrection, and as a digital composer on The Proposal, Hey Ram, DragonHeart, Twister, Jumanji, The American President, and The Indian in the Cupboard.
"Jason has an incredible depth of experience across multiple genres," noted Manic Managing Director Bob Cagliero. "His work carries a distinct stamp of creativity and innovation that comes from two decades of working alongside some of the best in the industry. We're proud to welcome him to Manic."
Ortenberg comes to Manic from the wild world of freelance, where he worked as a Flame and Inferno artist and as an on-set supervisor working with feature films, commercials and music videos for many of the top VFX houses in the world. His work took him from California to New York to New England to India working for top brands and feature film endeavors. He also spent time as an Inferno artist at Industrial Light & Magic and leading various VFX projects for Manhattan Transfer in his earlier days as an artist.
Ortenberg notes, "As free agent for 16+ years, I felt it was time to put down some permanent roots. Manic is a solid company on a solid growth path. They have gathered a great group of talented people over recent years and I look forward to being part of a team that has a good presence in NYC... and having a home where I hang my hat."
Manic is a comprehensive creative solution for conception through completion of all media. Based in NoHo NYC, Manic delivers live-action production, cutting-edge motion graphics, 2D and 3D VFX, design, animation, and high-end finishing services for clients working in commercials, feature films, television, music videos and broadcast. The company's artists and principals have led campaigns for notable brands such as Nike, Virgin Mobile, Acura, Reebok, Verizon, Maybelline, and Apple from major agencies TBWA/Chiat/Day, Merkley+Partners, McCann Erickson, and JWT to name a few.