5 Minutes with Brandon Schaafsma, Co-founder and Head of Production at Herne Hill Media

Brandon Schaafsma, co-founder and head of production at Herne Hill Media on kickstarting a VFX studio mid-pandemic to cutting through the noise in tool choices and optimizing remote operations with ClearView Flex

Despite or perhaps because it launched in the tailspin of the pandemic in September 2021, Canadian VFX boutique Herne Hill Media has grown rapidly with more than 100 full time staff supporting features and high-end TV for all major studios and streamers including Disney and Netflix. Herne Hill’s considerable talent works across art, editorial, and VFX departments on projects at any stage of development, from original concept to photo-real characters and complex digital environments. Setting up shop in Toronto, Herne Hill’s co-partners Dennis Berardi and Brandon Schaafsma knew they wanted a model that would operate as a hybrid with both studio based and remote workflows with a seamless interconnect between the two.

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