Nice Shoes is proud to announce the growth of its editorial department. The post-production studio has built a new edit suite at its main location, with two additional suites at its 25th Street office.
In addition to constructing this suite, Nice Shoes has assembled a team of editors, promoting Tony Dolezal, and putting together a roster of select freelance editorial talent represented by the studio, including Will Znidaric. Joining the team for a massive inaugural project is award-winning editor John Mallerman, who will be working closely with Partner/Colorist Lez Rudge.
Mallerman, known as “Malley” to many of his clients, comes to Nice Shoes from Fluid and has collaborated with Lez on many projects, as well as Lez’s recent forays into directing fashion spots “Dare to Play” and “The Love We Shared.” “We both came to the US around the same time, and I was one of his very first clients,” said Malley. “Pretty much everything I’ve done has been with Lez, unless I was unable to book him.”
“Malley is an amazing talent. He has a deft touch and acumen that translates into a poetic style, but also has the great timing that comedy editors thrive on,” said Lez. “Being able to offer our skills as a team to Nice Shoes clients is really exciting. It gives me and our other artists an opportunity to offer insight earlier into the creative process.”
Malley’s clients have included Maybelline, Burger King, Olay, Crest, Volkswagen, Ford and Guinness, and he’s also cut music videos for Iggy Pop, The Eurythmics, and The Cure.
Editor Tony Dolezal has quickly risen through the ranks of Nice Shoes, having started in the shipping department after a stint as an intern at Lost Planet. He’s edited projects for L’Oreal, Tory Burch and Ad Council, and had assisted on Nice Shoes’ stereoscopic 3D films and Kanye West’s Cruel Summer film. “Tony has quickly become a skilled and intuitive editor,” said Lez. “But having Malley here to impart his knowledge and experience is really going to take him to another level.”
Building and overseeing the group is Nice Shoes Managing Director Kristen Martini. Martini’s background is based in editorial, having produced at Blue Rock and managed both DraftFCB’s and JWT’s in house post-production studios. “Having expert editors like Malley and Tony working alongside our other artists is extremely valuable,” said Martini. “Our clients have been bringing us more multi-discipline and one-stop shop packages and formalizing this new team strengthens our ability to service them better. Rounding out the team with freelance talent allows us to collaborate with independent editors that compliment the work we’re already doing in-house.”
The first project the team is taking on will see Nice Shoes managing the process from dailies and edit through color and finishing. ”Moving in this direction just makes sense”, said Martini. “We’ve always been known for our artistry and strength in delivering a flawless end product. By getting more involved in the beginning, now our artists can be a part of the creative process right from the start.”
About Nice Shoes:
NYC-based Nice Shoes is a full service, artist-driven design, animation, visual effects and color grading studio specializing in high-end commercials, web content, film, TV and music videos. Since its inception in 1996, the studio has prided itself on consistently reinvesting in its talent, technical backbone, and client experience to set the standard of excellence both creatively and technically. Key company principals include: CEO/Partner Dominic Pandolfino, Colorists/Partners Chris Ryan and Lez Rudge, CIO Robert Keske, and MD Kristen Martini.
—Nice Shoes Press Release