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Post Break 8 - Crafty Apes in Space: Breaking Down the VFX on Netflix's Space Force

Posted By Ryan Penny, Friday, June 19, 2020

Post Break: Crafty Apes in Space - Breaking Down the VFX on Netflix's 'Space Force'

For the 8th in our PNYA POST BREAK series - this week we speak with visual effects studio Crafty Apes about the work they did on Netflix's new hit show, 'Space Force.' They will give a breakdown on the most challenging shots, discuss how they collaborated with the filmmakers on the show, and talk about the differences between working on a streaming show vs cable or film, the visual effects process and more. 


POST BREAK: Crafty Apes in Space - Breaking Down the VFX on Netflix's 'Space Force'

Thursday, June 11th at 4pm on Zoom

Check out the TRAILER for 'Space Force'



Jason Sanford, VFX Producer/Crafty Apes Co-Founder

Sanford, a Santa Barbara native, grew up playing competitive tennis, but it didn’t take long for his dreams to beckon, and Jason headed to UCLA to study theatre. Soon after, his love of the theatrical took him to The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, where he pursued further study in acting and writing. While there, he met mentor Anna Deavere Smith, who continues to inspire him to expand his knowledge of his craft, and to always think outside of the box. He would later go on to help found Crafty Apes, with credits as a VFX producer on films including Ant-Man and the Wasp, John Wick 2, and La La Land.

Brandon Nelson, VFX Supervisor, Crafty Apes

Brandon Nelson hails from the sticky, gator-ridden lands of the Southeast and grew up on a steady diet of 80s movies from his father’s masking-tape-labeled VHS film library. That early understanding of the importance of the visual arts led him to eventually pursue a higher education in the field at Savannah College of Art and Design, taking every class and obtaining every degree offered in visual effects and animation.
Today Brandon is an accomplished artist and supervisor; an alumnus of Rhythm and Hues and Method Studios. He cites the movie Hackers and the pink and teal Solo Jazz pattern as chief amongst his artistic influences. His list of credits include Fast & Furious, Life of Pi, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and too many talking animal movies to name.


Jabber Raisani, Consulting VFX Supervisor for Netflix 

Jabbar Raisani began his film career at the age of 17 working at a Visual Effects studio in San Antonio. In 2004 he moved to LA to work at Stan Winston Studio where he was the CG Supervisor on projects including Iron Man and Fantastic 4. He then teamed up with Robert Rodriguez as the on-set VFX Supervisor on Machete and Predators. Following that, he supervised the digital modeling of Superman's live-action suit for Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel. In 2013 he won his first Emmy for VFX Supervision on Game of Thrones. The following year, IFC released his directorial debut Alien Outpost, which he also co-wrote. After Outpost, Jabbar received another VFX Emmy for Game of Thrones and was nominated for Lost in Space. His 2nd unit directing credits include WB's The Flash, HBO's Pilot The Devil You Know, and Game of Thrones. Most recently Jabbar directed Episode 208 of Lost in Space for Legendary/ Netflix.

Patrick Sullivan, CG Lead, Crafty Apes

Los Angeles resident with a Boston accent. He has been in visual effects for about 10 years. When he is not making things blow up on screen or making magic, you will find him high up in the mountains.

Jennifer Lane, Post Production Supervisor/Associate Producer

Jennifer Lane has worked on over 30 features. As a freelance post supervisor, she has worked for Warner Brothers, Dreamworks Studios, The Walt Disney Company, Universal Pictures, and Focus Features among other studios. Some of her recent feature credits as an Associate Producer are include Disney’s musical Mary Poppins Returns (Rob Marshall) and Gemini Man (Ang Lee) for Skydance Media. She is currently Associate Producing a Netflix original series Dash & Lily.

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