A52 Visual Effects

Santa Monica, United States

Philosophy & Competitive Advantages

Established in 1997 as a destination for the very latest high-end photo-real visual effects, a52 has become home to the industry's most innovative and talented artists. The boutique full-service studio in Santa Monica works in tandem with award-winning editorial company Rock Paper Scissors and design company Elastic, the latter of which was recently named one of Fast Company’s 10 Most Innovative Companies in Entertainment.

a52’s collaborations with top directors, agencies and clients include commercial work for Target, adidas, Chevy and Nike; VFX work on The Social Network; and comprehensive coloring and finishing for the first season of Netflix’s House of Cards. a52’s seamlessly integrated visual effects have helped to earn it near-annual AICP Show recognitions, top honors at Annecy, an Outstanding Commercial Emmy, and honors from the ANDY, BDA, Belding, Clio, British Design and Art Direction, International Monitor, International Automotive Advertising, London International Advertising and One Show awards. 

Team

Kim Christensen
Head of Production

Patrick Nugent
Executive Producer

Jennifer Sofio-Hall
Managing Director
Phone: (+1) 310 315-9959

Campaigns

  • Advertiser: Comcast
  • Brand: XFINITY
  • Name: Emily's Oz
  • Advertiser: The Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation
  • Brand: The Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation
  • Name: End the Cycle
  • Advertiser: Toyota Motor Corporation
  • Brand: Toyota
  • Name: Let's Go Places
  • Advertiser: ESPN, Inc.
  • Brand: ESPN
  • Name: This is SportsCenter
  • Advertiser: Nike
  • Brand: Nike
  • Name: Kobe Last Season
  • Advertiser: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
  • Brand: Honda
  • Name: The power of the Ridgeline
  • Advertiser: Time Warner
  • Brand: Time Warner Cable
  • Name: Enjoy Better
  • Advertiser: Apartments.com
  • Brand: Apartments.com
  • Name: Change Your Apartment, Change the World 2016
  • Advertiser: Apartments.com
  • Brand: Apartments.com
  • Name: #MovinOnUp
  • Advertiser: Taco Bell
  • Brand: Taco Bell
  • Name: Live Más
  • Advertiser: Kraft Foods, Inc.
  • Brand: Velveeta
  • Name: Liquid Gold Diggers
  • Advertiser: General Motors Corp.
  • Brand: Chevrolet
  • Name: Find New Roads
  • Advertiser: Coca-Cola Company
  • Brand: Coca-Cola
  • Name: open happiness
  • Advertiser: Nike
  • Brand: Nike
  • Name: Count On Kobe
  • Advertiser: Verizon
  • Brand: Verizon
  • Name: Powerful Answers
  • Advertiser: Jägermeister
  • Brand: Jägermeister
  • Name: A Stronger Bond
  • Advertiser: Acura
  • Brand: Acura
  • Name: Move Up. Without Settling Down.
  • Advertiser: Kraft Foods, Inc.
  • Brand: Velveeta
  • Name: liquid gold
  • Advertiser: Nestlé
  • Brand: Nescafé
  • Name: Wake Up to Life
  • Advertiser: Nike
  • Brand: Nike
  • Name: Just Do It
  • Advertiser: Taco Bell
  • Brand: Taco Bell
  • Name: Guess Who Loves It
  • Advertiser: Vitamin Water
  • Brand: Vitamin Water
  • Name: Hydrate the Hustle
  • Advertiser: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
  • Brand: Honda
  • Name: Fit For You
  • Advertiser: Workday
  • Brand: Workday
  • Name: Heart
  • Advertiser: Reebok
  • Brand: Reebok
  • Name: Live Free Range
  • Advertiser: Old Navy
  • Brand: Old Navy
  • Name: Be Unlimited
  • Advertiser: Procter & Gamble
  • Brand: Procter & Gamble
  • Name: Thank you, Mom.
  • Advertiser: Expedia, Inc.
  • Brand: Expedia
  • Name: Find Yours
  • Advertiser: Old Navy
  • Brand: Old Navy
  • Name: Spring 2014
  • Advertiser: Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc.
  • Brand: 7UP
  • Name: 7 x 7UP
  • Advertiser: Nike
  • Brand: Nike Basketball
  • Name: Basketball Never Stops
  • Advertiser: Nestlé
  • Brand: Nescafe
  • Name: Despierta a la Vida
  • Advertiser: Coca-Cola Company
  • Brand: Diet Coke
  • Name: Stay Extraordinary
  • Advertiser: Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.
  • Brand: Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Name: More March
  • Advertiser: Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.
  • Brand: Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Name: Wings. Beer. Sports.
  • Advertiser: Airbnb
  • Brand: Airbnb
  • Name: Live There
  • Advertiser: Weyerhaeuser
  • Brand: Weyerhaeuser
  • Name: A Closer Look
  • Advertiser: Nissan Motor Corp.
  • Brand: Nissan
  • Name: #WithDad
  • Advertiser: OnStar
  • Brand: OnStar
  • Name: Connected by OnStar
  • Advertiser: Kia Motor Corp.
  • Brand: Kia
  • Name: The Next Level
  • Advertiser: ExxonMobil
  • Brand: ExxonMobil
  • Name: Let's Solve This
  • Advertiser: Adobe Systems, Inc.
  • Brand: Adobe Marketing Cloud
  • Name: Do you know what your marketing is doing?
  • Advertiser: Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Brand: Cisco
  • Name: The Internet of Everything
  • Advertiser: National Basketball Association
  • Brand: NBA
  • Name: BIG 2
  • Advertiser: National Basketball Association
  • Brand: NBA
  • Name: Everybody Up
  • Advertiser: DICK's Sporting Goods
  • Brand: DICK's Sporting Goods
  • Name: Every Season Starts at Dick's
  • Advertiser: Lexus
  • Brand: Lexus
  • Name: 2014 Lexus IS Reveal
  • Advertiser: Lexus
  • Brand: Lexus
  • Name: To The Pursuit
  • Advertiser: Electronic Arts Inc.
  • Brand: EA Sports
  • Name: Madden Draft - EA Sports
  • Advertiser: Nike
  • Brand: Nike
  • Name: Puppets - Nike
  • Advertiser: Newport Beach International Film Festival
  • Brand: Newport Beach Film Festival
  • Name: Newport Beach Film Festival 2009
  • Advertiser: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
  • Brand: Honda
  • Name: Grooves
  • Advertiser: DaimlerChrysler
  • Brand: Jeep
  • Name: Volcano
  • Advertiser: Obama 2008
  • Brand: Obama '08
  • Name: Barack Obama - Obama '08
  • Advertiser: The Travelers Companies, Inc.
  • Brand: Travelers Insurance
  • Name: Cheesecake
  • Advertiser: Lexus
  • Brand: Lexus
  • Name: Cards
  • Advertiser: Nike
  • Brand: Nike Golf
  • Name: Never
  • Advertiser: Electronic Arts Inc.
  • Brand: EA Sports BIG
  • Name: Bo Kiddman - EA Sports
  • Advertiser: The Travelers Companies, Inc.
  • Brand: Travelers
  • Name: Insurance. In synch. - Travelers
  • Advertiser: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
  • Brand: Honda
  • Name: Keyhole
  • Advertiser: A+E Television Networks, LLC.
  • Brand: The History Channel
  • Name: Know Where You Stand - History Channel
  • Advertiser: General Motors Corp.
  • Brand: Cadillac
  • Name: Turbulence
  • Advertiser: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • Brand: Goodyear
  • Name: Unexpected
  • Advertiser: America Online
  • Brand: AOL BroadBand
  • Name: Icon - AOL BroadBand
  • Advertiser: Coca-Cola Company
  • Brand: Coke
  • Name: Stairs
  • Advertiser: Microsoft
  • Brand: Microsoft Corporate Brand
  • Name: On My Way - Microsoft
  • Advertiser: Electronic Arts Inc.
  • Brand: Electronic Arts
  • Name: Falling Devil
  • Advertiser: The Travelers Companies, Inc.
  • Brand: Travelers
  • Name: Grass
  • Advertiser: Toyota Motor Corporation
  • Brand: Toyota
  • Name: Spectacular Reveal
  • Advertiser: MyGoodDeed Inc.
  • Brand: 911day.org
  • Name: I Will
  • Advertiser: National Basketball Association
  • Brand: Sprint
  • Name: Where Amazing Happens - NBA
  • Advertiser: Volkswagen
  • Brand: Volkswagen
  • Name: Das Auto
  • Advertiser: Procter & Gamble
  • Brand: Old Spice
  • Name: Karate - Old Spice
  • Advertiser: Procter & Gamble
  • Brand: Old Spice
  • Name: Arm Wrestler - Old Spice
  • Advertiser: Procter & Gamble
  • Brand: Old Spice
  • Name: Arm vs Arm - Old Spice
  • Advertiser: Procter & Gamble
  • Brand: Old Spice
  • Name: Chainsaw - Old Spice
  • Advertiser: Electronic Arts Inc.
  • Brand: EA
  • Name: Armchair Racer
  • Advertiser: Hewlett-Packard
  • Brand: HP
  • Name: The LapTop Remastered
  • Advertiser: Target Corporation
  • Brand: Target
  • Name: Pearl Jam
  • Advertiser: GARMIN Corporation
  • Brand: Garmin
  • Name: Squirrel

Awards

Award Distinction Category Brand Year
Eurobest Gold Winner Sound Design Honda 2015
LIA Gold Winner Music Original - Song Old Navy 2015
Silver Household Consumer Products and Services Procter & Gamble 2014
Silver Direction Nike 2014
D&AD Awards Nomination Cinematography for Film Advertising DICK's Sporting Goods 2014
CLIO Awards Bronze Music-Adapted NBA 2013
ACT Responsible Tributes 911day.org 2012
ACT Responsible Tributes 911day.org 2012
ACT Responsible Tributes 911day.org 2012
ACT Responsible Tributes 911day.org 2012
ACT Responsible Tributes 911day.org 2012
ACT Responsible Tributes 911day.org 2012
ACT Responsible Tributes 911day.org 2012
ACT Responsible Tributes 911day.org 2012
ACT Responsible Tributes 911day.org 2012
ACT Responsible Tributes 911day.org 2012
ACT Responsible Tributes 911day.org 2012
AICP Show Winner Musical Arrangement Nike 2010
ACT Responsible Tributes Microsoft 2008
ACT Responsible Tributes Microsoft 2008
ACT Responsible Tributes Microsoft 2008
ACT Responsible Tributes Microsoft 2008
The New York Festivals World's Best Advertising Silver WorldMedal Automotive Jeep 2006
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Bronze Lion Campaign Publications & Media The History Channel 2005
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Bronze Lion Campaign Publications & Media The History Channel 2005
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Bronze Lion Campaign Publications & Media The History Channel 2005
CLIO Awards Silver Technique: Visual Effects Cadillac 2005
International Automotive Advertising Awards (IAAA) Silver Sport Utility Jeep 2004
CLIO Awards Bronze Visual Effects Toyota 2000
CLIO Awards Bronze Animation-Computer Toyota 2000
LIA Winner Television/Cinema: Sound Design Toyota 2000