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The Refugees

A compilation of film and television work we've done over the past few years.

Updated, Covid Summer 2020.


Art Director: Joshua Cox

Produced by: Alex Thiesen

For the title sequence of Dissonance, we took our design cues from the plot of this slow building thriller. We had the idea of using a majestic polar bear, as a symbol for this northern region. We wanted to represent something is hard yet fragile. Ice is one of the most beautiful elements in nature. The way it absorbs light and refracts it is quite beautiful and has a feeling of fragility. The final result is a sequence of shots that progressively break down, giving us a language for the titles that perfectly mirror the plot of the film, without giving it away.

The Lumineers - Gloria

Director: Kevin Phillips

Editor: Ed Yonaitis

Executive Producers: Traci Carlson, Richard Peete

When the production company 'Neighborhood Watch' called Refuge about helping out on the next set of music videos for The Lumineers, we jumped at the opportunity. Gloria is full of hidden visual effects to help clean up the practical work done on set.

The Lumineers - Life In The City

Director: Kevin Phillips

Editor: Ed Yonaitis

Executive Producers: Traci Carlson, Richard Peete

For Life In The City, by The Lumineers, Refuge was asked to create a realistic shot at the moment of conception where the egg and sperm come together. The goal of this shot was for it to be unrecognizable at first, almost like you were looking at a nebula, or planet in space, but then as it comes into focus, you realize what you are really seeing.

Mayans - FX

Executive Producer: Kurt Sutter

Visual Effects Supervisor: Ed Irastorza

Post Producer: Erik Lee

A compilation of the work done on Kurt Sutter's spinoff of Sons of Anarchy, Mayans M.C. Besides creating creating border walls and other signage, the larger effects were removing EZ's beard in the flashback moments, and creating some computer generated animals for the show.

Asura - Realm of Desire

VFX Supervisor: Charlie Iturriaga

Director: Peng Zhang

VFX Producer: Scott Farrar

This fantasy story is set in Asura, the dimension of pure desire according to ancient Buddhist mythology. The mythical realm is threatened by a coup from a lower heavenly kingdom and the story follows from there. Refuge provided many creatures and set extension support.

Grimm - NBC

Executive Producers: David Greenwalt Jim Kouf

Visual Effects Supervisor: Ed Irastorza

Visual Effects Producer: Adam Lambert

"REFUGE is a real refuge in the world of visual effects. Six and a half years of creative and excellent work on our show Grimm for NBC. They are fast, good and reasonable. And they get it!" Executive Producer, David Greenwalt

Last Knights

Director: Kazuaki Kiriya

Visual Effects Supervisor: Tarn Fox

Go behind-the-scenes with the Refuge team, to hear how we built the fantasy world of Lionsgate’s Last Knights, starring Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman.

Harrahs - Funner: Mayor David Hasselhoff

Agency: I.D.E.A Brand

VFX Supervisor: Fred Ruff

Harrah’s Resort Southern California has always been a destination more fun than others. But it wasn’t good enough just to tout amenities and run promotions. The IDEA Brand in San Diego renamed the entire territory it was built on. That’s how Funner, California was born. Refuge worked closely with IDEA to "enhance" the Hoffs natural abilities.

Grimm - The Rat King

Supervising Animator: Eric Schuer

Animation Director: Fred Ruff

A short behind the scenes and we build a 50-ft tall rat creature for season 5 of NBC's Grimm. Although our animators brought this giant beast to life, our FX team then had to electrocute it.

In An Instant - ABC

VFX Supervisor: Fred Ruff

Production Company: Committee Films

When ABC and Committee Films needed to re-create a forest fire, they called on the team at Refuge. Besides turning night into day, we ignited acres of forest for the ABC series In An Instant.

Ricola - Sledding

Production Company: Droptree

VFX Supervisor: Fred Ruff

Weather it's simple snow cleanup, or re-creating the matterhorn, Refuge can handle whatever get's thrown at us. Check out the spot where re-created a time lapse shot of mint plants growing in spring.

Medieval Monsters

Writer: Fred Ruff

Director: Rob Shaw

Starring: Austin Hillebrecht and Dennis FItzpatrick

Refuge’s produced a proof of concept that aired on Animal Planet during Monster week. Medieval Monsters combines a mockumentary style sense of humor with the epic fantasy adventures. The Office meets Game of Thrones.

Koodo Mobile - El Tabador

Director: Rob Shaw

Supervising Animator: Eric Scheur

Technical Director: Fred Ruff

Previous to starting Refuge, Fred Ruff worked alongside Lead Animator Eric Scheur and Compositing Supervisor Tarn Fox on a series of commercial spots for a cell phone company that had a tiny Mexican wrestler as their spokesperson. The sexy little luchador had a bold attitude and was full of himself.