Passionate about filmmaking from an early age, Richard attended New York University's film school. In the early 80's he landed his first feature position on the film, Harry and Son, Directed by and starring Paul Newman, where Richard assisted this legendary great in the editing room, as well as the kitchen, where he had the distinction of preparing Paul's soon to be famous popcorn. Through his association with Newman, Richard met and worked with the legendary film editor, Dede Allen.
For the next 22 years, Richard worked alongside an amazing array of Academy Award winning editors including Stephen Rotter (The Right Stuff), Alan Heim (All That Jazz), Bill Reynolds (The Sting, Sound Of Music) and Dan Hanley and Mike Hill (Apollo 13, Cinderella Man). Beginning in 1992, Richard joined Ron Howard’s editorial team where he worked on all of Howard’s films for the next decade, including the groundbreaking Apollo 13. This experience proved to be pivotal as it led to the collaboration with his future partner, Glenn Allen, and triggered his interest in visual effects.
Richard then went on to work on several major visual effects pictures, including Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow, Brian DePalma’s Mission To Mars, and Ron Howard’s A Beautiful Mind, (Academy Award - Best Film). As a result of these experiences, Richard embarked on an ambitious project to launch a visual effects company along with his partner Glenn Allen. Brainstorm Digital, created in 2005, has exceeded all expectations.
Richard and Brainstorm Digital have won 2 Emmy Awards for outstanding work on HBO's Boardwalk Empire in addition to being the recipients of numerous Visual Effects Society awards. Brainstorm was also nominated by the VES for outstanding visual effects work on the History Channel's hit series, The Men Who Built America, for which Richard and Glenn Allen also served as series producers.
In addition to his 2 Emmy awards, Richard also considers his most recent career highlights to be his work for director Martin Scorsese on the Pilot for Boardwalk Empire and The Wolf Of Wall Street.
After graduating Emerson College in 1991, Glenn Allen quickly established himself as a filmmaker with intense passion for his craft. While working on feature films in various departments, including camera, sound, and props, Glenn was drawn to film editing to hone his storytelling skills.
In 1994, Glenn was hired by Ron Howard as an assistant editor on "The Paper". This 10 year collaboration on Howard's team saw Glenn's skills mature alongside some of the greatest post-production talent in the industry. During his tenure with Howard, Glenn's particular interest in visual effects was sparked while making the Academy Award winning "Apollo 13". Aside from Howard's films, Glenn's keen eye for stunning visual effects was cultivated on notable visual effects pictures such as "Sleepy Hollow" and "Mission To Mars". This specialization led to a more hands-on approach in the cutting room, providing Ron Howard with conceptual ideas for visual effects on "A Beautiful Mind" (Academy Award - Best Picture) and "The Missing". Concurrently, other accomplished Directors such as Brian DePalma, Jonathan Demme, and Frank Oz also recognized Glenn's talent, and quickly enlisted his services on their films.
Eran is an award winning visual effects supervisor, artist and teacher. For the past Five years he has lead the Brainstorm team on such projects as Martin Scorsese's “The Wolf of Wall Street”, HBO's “Boardwalk Empire” (seasons 2 and 3), 20th Century Fox’s “The Heat”, DreamWorks’ “Delivery Man” and “The Fifth Estate”, Warner Bros. “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”, The Weinstein Company’s “The Immigrant” along with “The Men Who Built America” and “Gold Fever”, for The History & Discovery Channels respectively.
As Brainstorm's VFX supervisor, Eran received an Emmy Award and two VES awards (for Boardwalk Empire season 2), as well as a VES nomination for “The Men Who Built America”.
Before joining Brainstorm, Eran was senior compositor at ILM Singapore and Framestore NY, where he created visual effects for movies such as Iron Man, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Star Trek, Terminator Salvation, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Salt and Clash of the Titans. Eran is also well known as a visual effects mentor, through his popular compositing and CG environment courses at fxphd his presentations at Siggraph, NAB and Mundos Digitales and his numerous tutorials for 3D World Magazine. He is a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts where he teaches Nuke Compositing and visual effects.
In addition to his work as a visual effects artist, Eran is an award-winning musician and has written music for numerous theater productions, choirs and ensembles. His music was performed in the US, Italy, UK, Netherlands, Slovenia, Russia, Japan, Finland, Singapore and Israel.
Originally from Big Sky country, Mani and his family moved to Las Vegas where he was a tennis prodigy, playing D1 level by the time he turned 18. He then found himself in Louisiana, where he kicked around some production jobs before getting hired as a compositor at WWFX-LA branch. At WWFX he discovered his love for VFX, and after working on numerous features and making lead artist, he made the jump to NYC, where he eventually landed at Brainstorm.
Getting back to his roots, Mani is an avid outdoorsman and motorcyclist, spending most of his free time on 1 of his 2 bikes, chasing trails in the woods of NY, NJ, PA and VT. His license plate, ADVSKR, really says it all about him. He's always seeking a new adventure.
Matte Painting Supervisor
Matthew grew up in a small town in the the foothills of the Appalachians. Drawing from an early age eventually led him to study art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. While focusing on traditional approaches to image making, he was exposed to the varying and often conflicting paradigms of Postmodern visual theory. He emerged creating work that fused precise craftsmanship with conceptual richness. The desire to continue his study led him to New York City to study with the painter Steven Assael.
After completing the painting program at the New York Academy of Art, youthful fascinations with Ralph McQuarrie and Joe Johnson came full circle. He began feature film work on Charlie Kaufmann's surreal Synecdoche, NY as a matte painter; the film's created environments were later nominated for two VES awards. Subsequent project like Julie & Julia and Boardwalk Empire continued to utilize his classical painting skill set to provide invisible effects and imaginative visuals.
A recipient of an Elizabeth Greenshields grant and with work in the collections of Elaine Guggenheim, Steve Forbes and HRH the Prince of Wales, he continues to enjoy dividing his time between the creative team at Brainstorm and his home studio.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Yun grew up with a heavy interest in art and technology. Between the knowledge passed along from his parents (his father being a math teacher and his mother, a fine artist) his resources helped grow his hobby into a career. Down the road, Yun made the move to New York City to study film at Pratt Institute. This allowed him to enter an internship at PBS on the series NOVA scienceNOW where he was hired as a staff compositor not long after. He worked 5 seasons there and even has the accolade of being nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy Award. He is also a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts where he teaches visual effects and digital filmmaking.
While Yun is not working, he enjoys taking photos, watching movies and cooking with his wife.