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Editorial Expansion

We would like to welcome two new members to both our Chicago and Los Angeles teams!

Meet Grant MacDowell and Max Gold!

Editor,Grant MacDowell, who worked most recently at Optimus, has joined the LA. staff.  MacDowell accumulated a long-list of impressive work prior to his time at Optimus, including Ford spots with JWT Detroit, freelance graphic work for Janus and Hasbro, and a chapter with Brass Knuckles in Venice editing music videos for artists including Moby and No Doubt.

Max Gold joins our Chicago office from Draft FCB’s venerable in-house editorial department where his work for clients saw him editing spots for a host of notable directors including Iain Mackenzie, Tony Kaye, Sean Thonson, Fred Goss, as well as music video and Jack-Ass director, Whitey and 2010 DGA Director of the Year nominee Craig Gilespie. “Birthing Room,” a spot he edited for Qwest (directed by Gillespie) was shortlisted in the Cannes Lions competition.

We’re very excited to welcome these two new editors to our ever growing roster of talent!

Foundation Gears Up for Guerrant

Megan Guerrant has joined the Team at Foundation Content in Chicago as a producer, and we are thrilled to have her!

Prior to honing her skills in the technical world of color and finishing at Filmworkers, she spent six years at DraftFCB as a production business manager.  The fact that she also has experience in the world of event production from a nearly four year position at event production company Williams/Gerard Productions is a bonus as Foundation continues to expand the scope of their creative business model into new and exciting arenas.

Joining Foundation also brings her back to the beginning of her career where she spent time working on independent films with Christopher Coppola and music videos at Black Dog Films/RSA.  Guerrant says, ” I am excited about getting involved creatively in the projects I work on.  There is a lot of opportunity at Foundation for me to explore my creative side as well as my strategic/business side.”

Foundation President, Samantha Hart says, “Our EP, Tracy Heropkie and I have known and admired Megan for quite some time.  Now that our Los Angeles office has taken off, we found a need to have another producer on hand to cover the influx of work coming into Chicago for our graphics, color, smoke and finishing departments as well as editorial.  It’s exciting to see our LA clients clamoring to get a color session with Tom Rovak or to work with our talented designers.  Having run this company for the past six years, it is refreshing to  see that work coming into this marketplace.”

Executive Producer, Tracy Heropkie adds, “With the recent addition of editor Christina Stumpf, we are looking to add one additional editor and then we think the Chicago office will be positioned right where we want it to be.”

Welcome to the team, Megan!

Blissful Buzz

Foundation Audio Engineer, Ryan Pribyl recently collaborated with composers Elliot Hunt and Daniel Alcheh, of Alcheh & Hunt,  on the score for indie film East Fifth Bliss, starring Dexter’s Michael C. Hall, Lucy Liu, Peter Fonda and Brie Larson.

The music was recorded at multiple studios in both Chicago and LA and mixed in 5.1 surround by Ryan and Eliot at our Chicago office’s audio suite.

The film premiered just last month at the Newport Beach Film Festival and was chosen to headline the festival out of 450 participating films from all over the world.

We were thrilled to be a part of this film and hope you will take a minute to check out the movie site, which features some of the music.

Stumpfified

We are pleased to welcome Editor Christina Stumpf to the Foundation family! Christina brings her intuition and passion for storytelling to the team, after a ten year run at the Whitehouse. Drawn to diverse material, she’s cut campaigns across genres for such brands as Miller, Orbitz, Cadillac, Sears, and Office Max, for whose web video “Jewelry” was shortlisted at Cannes.

Stumpf’s long form credits include,”Hidden in Plain Sight”, a documentary in collaboration with UN Goodwill Ambassador Julia Ormond; “Hidden in Plain Sight”, with the support of former President Clinton, has helped raise over $1 million to promote awareness and help eradicate human trafficking worldwide.

President Samantha Hart adds, “We are thrilled that Christina has joined us and are looking forward to her playing both a creative and leadership role at our company.” Welcome Christina, we all look forward to working with you!

Hey, Hey We’re the Arctic Monkeys…

Hot off the presses…literally! Focus Creeps have a new video for indie band, Arctic Monkeys.  The song is “Brick by Brick” and it kills.

Edited by our own Gladys Bernadac, colored by Tom Rovak and mixed by Ryan Pribyl, this video was a true team effort. We’d also like to give a little shout out to Bernie Grundeman, who is featured in the video. Foundation owner, Samantha Hart, remembers the legendary mastering guru from back in the glory days of Geffen Records.   Some things really do never change.  Rock on!

Please Welcome Evan Cohen!

Evan Cohen is the most recent addition to our Los Angeles branch, migrating from Director of Strategic Marketing and Creative for Cornerstone Promotion and head of video production for Cornerstone’s in-house music and culture property FADER Media. Cohen will serve in the capacity of VP Brand Strategy & Production.

As Director, Strategic Marketing & Creative at Cornerstone, Cohen was instrumental in building the West Coast office of the NY-based brand strategy agency.  His strong production background contributed to the growth of Cornerstone’s branded content creation and entertainment businesses.  During his tenure, Evan created and executed integrated campaigns for A-list brands such as Levi’s, Kia, HBO, Microsoft, Diageo, Pepsi and Columbia Pictures.  He also served as Multimedia Director for FADER Media and headed up the video production for the FADER Label.


While at Cornerstone, Evan worked closely on a video for artists Matt & Kim alongside Foundation’s producer Stacy Paris and director Jonathan Del Gatto and recently hired Foundation directing duo Focus Creeps to shoot a project for vitaminwater. His joining Foundation comes out of a natural desire to get more involved with content production and the expansion of our business model into new and inspired areas.

Previous to Cornerstone, Cohen was a film industry professional where he produced independent films and served in various production and development capacities for Scott Rudin Productions, Tribeca Productions and Brillstein Grey Entertainment.  As an independent filmmaker he produced “Series 7″ which premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and was distributed by USA Films, and “Bittersweet Place” the award-winning Tribeca Film Festival entry.
Evan can be reached here:

evan@foundationcontent.com
424.238.0381 (office)

Do You Like to Watch?

Because The Los Angeles Times sure does.

Focus Creeps were just featured in Cary Georges “I Like to Watch” column of the LA Times. Their music video for Smith Westerns can be viewed by clicking the picture below, where you will also find the write up; an informal interview with director Aaron Brown.

 


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