Phosphene

Phosphene NY based VFX house specializing in feature films and long-form television. Phosphene is an independent design and visual effects house led by founders/co-owners John Bair and Vivian Connolly.

Bair and Connolly, who have collaborated on projects since 2005, both love the process of delving into a project during pre-production and helping the director bring his/her vision to life. In 2010, Bair and Connolly launched Phosphene and immediately hit the ground running 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 producer Kevin Misher and director Sebastián Cordero to create over three hundred shots for the upcoming science fiction thriller Europa Report. Phosphene just received a Visual Effects Society Award 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 most recently The Americans for FX.

11/03/2020
10/09/2020
09/21/2020

Congrats to @HBO and #SuccessionHBO and to the amazing #AndrijParekh #JeremyStrong & #JesseArmstrong #Emmy2020

06/01/2020

BLACK LIVES MATTER.
BLACK VOICES MATTER.
THE TRUTH MATTERS.

How VFX house Phosphene has been working remotely - postPerspective
05/07/2020
How VFX house Phosphene has been working remotely - postPerspective

How VFX house Phosphene has been working remotely - postPerspective

In our ongoing coverage of how studios are working remotely, we reached out to New York City-based visual effects house Phosphene. Founded in 2010 by Vivian Connolly and John Bair, Phosphene specializes in photorealistic VFX for film and television, and is particularly known for their detailed CG en...

Working from home.  Extra points for wearing pants. #FormalWednesday #VFX #StayHome #CoronaVirusNYC
04/29/2020

Working from home. Extra points for wearing pants. #FormalWednesday #VFX #StayHome #CoronaVirusNYC

The burger must go on! Virtual burger Friday is better than no burger Friday.
04/24/2020

The burger must go on! Virtual burger Friday is better than no burger Friday.

This producer came all the way from Australia to work from home in NY.  Not exactly what he had in mind, but he's making...
04/21/2020

This producer came all the way from Australia to work from home in NY. Not exactly what he had in mind, but he's making it work.

#WorkFromHome #VFX #StayHome

Taking security protocols a little bit TOO seriously....#VFX #WorkFromHome
04/20/2020

Taking security protocols a little bit TOO seriously....

#VFX #WorkFromHome

Clients seem to be getting younger and younger, and these two even demand mac n' cheese from their lead compositor.#VFX ...
04/17/2020

Clients seem to be getting younger and younger, and these two even demand mac n' cheese from their lead compositor.

#VFX #StayAtHome

As long as the work gets done, who are we to judge who does it? Feline compositer, Tex, hard at work from home.#VFX #Sta...
04/16/2020

As long as the work gets done, who are we to judge who does it? Feline compositer, Tex, hard at work from home.

#VFX #StayHome

Phosphene's cover photo
04/16/2020

Phosphene's cover photo

The elusive IT professional can now be found in his natural habitat.... a dark room.Work from home. #VFX
04/15/2020

The elusive IT professional can now be found in his natural habitat.... a dark room.

Work from home. #VFX

1 producer & 2 dogs under strict owl supervision.Amazing producer, Shannen Walsh, caught working hard from her natural h...
04/14/2020

1 producer & 2 dogs under strict owl supervision.

Amazing producer, Shannen Walsh, caught working hard from her natural habitat in NY. The show must go on!

#Stayhome #VFX

03/15/2020

Phosphene family,

We are fully remote as of Monday the 16th. Please be well be safe and be kind.

Looking forward to seeing you all IRL soon.

02/03/2020
The Plot Against America | Official Teaser | HBO

CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!

From creators David Simon and Ed Burns comes The Plot Against America, an alternate American history story of the country’s turn to fascism told through the ...

01/30/2020

Well, PHOSPHENE just had THE MOST satisfying loss in the history of time.

Our work on MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN lost to THE LION KING.

To be in that company is ridiculously amazing. No sore losers here.

Mazel to our amazing and giant team including (but not limited to) John Bair, Vance Miller, Steve Sullivan, Steven Weigle, Sebastian Romero, Beck Dunn, Christian Lowe, Scott Winston, Jose Marin Nate Brown and of course Mark Russell and Edward Norton. 🥂🍾

Phosphene's cover photo
01/08/2020

Phosphene's cover photo

01/07/2020

Phosphene just received a VES nomination for our work on Motherless Brooklyn! What an honor to be in such incredible company. Thanks to VFX Supervisor Mark Russell and Director Edward Norton. Look forward to raising a glass in person 🥂

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood director Marielle Heller - postPerspective
12/19/2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood director Marielle Heller - postPerspective

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood director Marielle Heller - postPerspective

If you are of a certain age, the red cardigan, the cozy living room and the comfy sneakers can only mean one thing — Mr. Rogers! Sony Pictures’ new film, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, is a story of kindness triumphing over cynicism. It stars Tom Hanks and is based on the real-life friends...

It's a beautiful day when a movie you worked on ends up in the NY Times crossword.
12/19/2019

It's a beautiful day when a movie you worked on ends up in the NY Times crossword.

Today, Phosphene delivered much needed supplies to the amazing PS 188 on Houston Street. Notebooks, pens, pencils, paper...
11/13/2019

Today, Phosphene delivered much needed supplies to the amazing PS 188 on Houston Street.

Notebooks, pens, pencils, paper towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, deodorant.....

Amazing what can happen when a community comes together!

Special thanks to the CIM group and 5 Hanover Square for their incredible generosity.

Consider adopting a NYC Public School!

10/23/2019
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Phosphene needs your help! Until 11/8 we are doing a major drive to gather resources for two NYC schools with majority homeless populations. Come visit us and say hello and please consider bringing some supplies with you from the lists below.

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• At PS 446 in Brownsville, ¼ of the students are homeless. The school is leaned on to supply support for the entire family, not just their students.

• At PS 188 on The Lower East Side, nearly half the students are homeless. These kids lean on the school to supply basic sanitary and school supplies.

BINS FOR EACH SCHOOL WILL BE PLACED IN THE LOBBY. SUPPLIES NEEDED BELOW. PLEASE DONATE BY 11/8/19

PS 446 NEEDS OUR HELP!!
• Diapers (all sizes)
• Diapers (all sizes)
• Wipes
• Formula
• Baby Food

PS 188 NEEDS OUR HELP!!
• Composition/Spiral Notebooks
• Pencils/Pens
• Paper towels
• Toothpaste/ Toothbrushes
• Deodorant
• Underwear, ages 4-7 (Male and Female)
• Hairbrushes & Combs

Let’s show these kids and their families how much we care!

Thank you!

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So this happened today....
10/16/2019

So this happened today....

VFX fridge.
07/22/2019

VFX fridge.

Phosphene's cover photo
07/16/2019

Phosphene's cover photo

This smarty started w/ Phosphene at reception, then quickly moved up to coordinator and just got her first Emmy nominati...
07/16/2019

This smarty started w/ Phosphene at reception, then quickly moved up to coordinator and just got her first Emmy nomination with the Escape at Dannemora team! Congrats to the the amazing Shannen!

07/16/2019

Emmy nomination for Escape at Dannemora!

Congratulations to team Phosphene with special shout-outs to Djuna Wahlrab, Vance Miller & Matt Griffin.

Go team go!

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New York, NY
10004

J/Z to Broad Street 2/3 to Wall Street 1/N/R to Rector Street 4/5 to Wall Street

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