Director-Live Action/Animation & VFX
Early in his career Fred Raimondi was recognized as one of the preeminent digital artists in the world. As a Visual Effects Supervisor he has partnered on projects with, David Lynch, Michael Bay, David Fincher, Mark Pellington, Gus Van Sant, Lance Acord, and Alex Proyas.
At a time when visual effects were reserved for film optical houses, his early work set the standard for electronic VFX compositing on “The Twilight Zone”, “Max Headroom” and “Star Trek, The Next Generation” (where he was the lead compositor on the first season along with Academy Award winner Rob Legato).
As a founding member of Planet Blue in 1988, his early work with digital compositing helped pave the way for today’s generation of digital visual effects, compositing platforms, tools, and techniques that are now widely recognized as industry standards.
In 1993 Raimondi join the startup phase of visual effects and creative hotbed Digital Domain, in Venice, CA. He was among the first 15 employees at Digital Domain and played a large part in setting the stage and feel for Digital Domain’s Commercial Division. His need to be closer to the production process and desire to take visual effects in commercials to a much higher level saw him become the first VFX Supervisor specializing in the commercial arena. As a result, he helped move the art form from “a post production only” process to an integrated part of the whole filmmaking process.
Raimondi played a dual role at Digital Domain as Senior VFX Supervisor & Commercial Director and has directed national spots for Chanel, Sony Playstation, Proctor and Gamble, IBM, Tide, Fruit2.0, Microsoft Windows, and Pfizer.
Shoot Magazine awarded Raimondi “Spot of the Week” for “Maze”, a spot he directed for Dell Computers (not bad for his first time out as a commercial Director).
Raimondi’s work has garnered Gold & Silver Cannes Lions, Gold, Silver,& Bronze Clios, an MTV Video Music Award (as well as 4 nominations) and a Grammy. Nine of his spots received AICP awards and are included in the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in NY in “The Art and Science of the American Television Commercial”.
His client list includes Adidas, Budweiser, Nike, Levis, Cingular, Sony, Visa, BBDO, Chiat/Day, Goodby Silverstein, DDB Needham, and McCann Ericson.
An accomplished editor, photographer, and musician (his self produced album “Apostle of Reality” currently available on Amazon.com respectfully displays his influences for the likes of Al Dimeola, King Krimson & Pink Floyd)
All and all you will find Fred Raimondi brings a unique skill set and creative vision to the projects he chooses. His experience as a “complete filmmaker” brings a unique blend of art and technology to all his projects.