Santa Monica, CA – IMPD Productions announced the creation of CounterPunch Studios to enhance the company’s robust production pipeline. The expanded production arm will provide groundbreaking facial and body character animation, modeling, rigging, texturing, lighting, live action production, and full editorial services to the entertainment industry.
“There is a real inflection point happening in the use of computer animation and Photo-Real characters in movies and other media. We formed CounterPunch to help our customers more easily and affordably navigate through what can potentially be a very expensive and challenging process,” said IMPD Productions founder Andrew Egiziano. “Our rigging pipeline and proprietary system drive extremely competitive pricing that we believe will change the way producers and filmmakers approach creating Photo-Real characters .”
The highly skilled production team at CounterPunch Studios has worked together for four years and collectively has produced 2D and CG characters for over one hundred projects including full or partial deliverables of full body rigging and animation in all forms of media. The evolved proprietary processes and tool sets developed at CounterPunch allow the firm to offer a highly competitive pricing structure vs. traditional companies with much higher overhead and slower processes.
A number of film and gaming projects will release in 2012/2013 that will showcase the CounterPunch Studios work and demonstrate some of the highest fidelity asset creation in the industry today. Â “Being on the cutting edge of manipulating reality is the most exciting aspect of our work at CounterPunch,”continued Egiziano.
Formerly part of Image Metrics Inc., a leading provider of facial animation technology, IMPD Productions, Inc. was formed by Egiziano in 2011 to assume physical production and expand services.Â CounterPunch Studios continues as a preferred production partner of Image Metrics and their affiliate software and headcam provider Faceware Technologies, Inc.
Andrew Egiziano and the CounterPunch team are also the physical production team behind LeBron James’s popular web series “The LeBron’s” for Believe Entertainment Group and Seth MacFarlane’s “Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy” for Media Rights Capital and Fuzzy Door Productions.Â “We have a long-term partnership with Believe Entertainment Group and will provide production services for several animated and live action projects for them in the coming year,” said Egiziano.
The CounterPunch team has completed productions on rigging and animation projects for domestic and international clients including: Disney Studios, Believe Entertainment Group (Commercials for HP, Intel, Priceline, Burger King , Bing) Rockstar Games, Square Enix, Crytek, AGS Entertainment, Ocher Productions UK Limited, Game On Audio, A52, and many more.
Projects include feature rigs and/or animation for Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 & 3, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (DVD extras), and Ek Tha Tiger, Maatraan; as well as AAA Game titles such as Max Payne 3, Sleeping Dogs, and Crysis 2 & 3.