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 next designed and executed 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.
Phosphene was a VFX partner on The Bourne Legacy, 2013 Golden Globe nominee Hope Springs, 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.
Later, Phosphene partnered with Bill Condon and DreamWorks on The Fifth Estate and with Alfonso Cuarón on the Warner Bros./NBC pilot Believe and was a visual effects partner on Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo, Josh Boone’s The Fault in our Stars, and Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher.
The company recently completed FX work for the Netflix TV drama series Marco Polo, Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes, HBO’s fifth and final season of Boardwalk Empire, Tom McCarthy’s The Cobbler, Craig Zobel’s Z for Zachariah, and is currently working on Drake Doremus’ Equals, George Tillman Jr.’s. The Longest Ride, and ABC-TV’s series Forever.
Phosphene received a Visual Effects Society nomination for their work on The Knick, and a Visual Effects Society Award and an Emmy nomination for their work on Boardwalk Empire. In addition to their Emmy-nominated work for Todd Haynes’ HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, Phosphene was the VFX partner on all four seasons of Treme, NBC’s 30 Rock, ABC’s Pan Am, CBS’s Blue Bloods, FX’s The Americans, Cary Fukunaga’s True Detective and Ryan Murphy’s The Normal Heart for HBO. In a departure from their television and film work, Phosphene designed and animated a six-minute projection for the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.