Phosphene is a New York-based independent design and visual effects house led by founders/co-owners John Bair and Vivian Connolly.
In 2010, Bair and Connolly launched Phosphene with visual effects for Barry Levinson’s You Don’t Know Jack, Phillip Noyce’s Salt, George Nolfi’s The Adjustment Bureau, Jodie Foster’s The Beaver and Brad Anderson’s Vanishing on 7th Street. Phosphene went on to design and execute elaborate CG environments for Brett Ratner’s action-comedy Tower Heist, Stephen Daldry’s two-time Academy Award nominated Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Jason Reitman’s Young Adult.
In 2012, Phosphene was thrilled to be a VFX partner on The Bourne Legacy, 2013 Golden Globe nominee Hope Springs, Girl Most Likely, and Stephen Frears’ Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight before teaming up with director Sebastián Cordero to create over three hundred shots for the acclaimed science fiction thriller Europa Report.
In 2013, Phosphene partnered with Bill Condon and Dreamworks on The Fifth Estate, as well as with Alfonso Cuarón on the Warner Bros. / NBC pilot Believe. In addition, Phosphene was a visual effects partner on Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo.
Phosphene received a Visual Effects Society Award and an Emmy nomination for their work on Boardwalk Empire. And in addition to their Emmy-nominated work for Todd Haynes’ HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, Phosphene has been the VFX partner on all four seasons of Treme, NBC’s 30 Rock, ABC’s Pan Am, CBS’ Blue Bloods and FX’s The Americans.
Phosphene is currently working on Ryan Murphy’s The Normal Heart, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, Cary Fukunaga’s True Detective, and is soon to embark on Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick.