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02 February 2009, 08:00 PM

Marina Del Rey, CA – (February 25, 2009) – New Deal Studios received two prestigious awards from the Visual Effects Society (VES) at the Awards Dinner held on February 21, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. The 21st Century studio was again acknowledged for its outstanding miniature effects artistry within the feature film and commercial arenas.

New Deal received an award for “Outstanding Models/Miniatures in a Feature Motion Picture” for “The Dark Knight”; and a second award for “Outstanding Models/Miniatures in a Broadcast Program or Commercial” for a fast-paced commercial for New Balance athletic shoes entitled “Anthem”:

Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Feature Motion Picture
“The Dark Knight” – Garbage Truck Crash Models and Miniatures
Ian Hunter—Visual Effects Supervisor
Forest Fischer—Model Crew Chief
Scott Beverly—Mechanical Effects Supervisor
Adam Gelbart—Lead Model Maker

Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Broadcast Program or Commercial:
New Balance – “Anthem”
Ian Hunter—Visual Effects Supervisor
Jon Warren—Miniature Crew Chief
Matt Burlingame—Lead Model Maker
Raymond Moore—Lead Carpenter

About New Deal Studios:
New Deal Studios was founded in 1995 by Matthew Gratzner, Ian Hunter and Shannon Blake Gans. This artist-owned and operated, independent company is housed in two buildings in Marina del Rey, California. NDS has developed over the years into a full-service production and visual effects studio unlike any in the world. NDS contributes to each project by using a diverse palette of artistic tools that range from the art department, workshop, production, to the digital department and DI suite. Creativity and solid management practices are the foundation upon which NDS has grown over the years and why all major studios continue to entrust NDS with high-profile projects such as “Terminator Salvation,” “Shutter Island,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Night At The Museum 2,” “Iron Man,” “Watchmen,” “Whiteout” and “Batman: The Dark Knight.”

For more information about New Deal Studios, please contact Colleen O’Mara at Hype 323.938.8363, x101 or

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