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Backyard Welcomes Director Anthony Furlong

The interdisciplinary director was recognised in Shot's directors to watch 2019

Backyard Welcomes Director Anthony Furlong

Interdisciplinary director, Anthony Furlong, has joined the evolving and expanding Backyard roster. Anthony brings his diverse expertise as a live action director, VFX/graphic artist, and animation director to the creative alliance. Often, two or more of these genres are included as part of his films. 

With a background as an actor, programmer, auto engineer, and numerous creative roles, Anthony brings a unique analytical perspective to each project that complements his instinctive artistic sense. 

“His works are performance driven, artistic masterpieces”, says Backyard CMO and managing director, Roy Skillicorn. “They reflect the vision of a true visual thinker.” 

Anthony was recently recognised in Shot’s Directors to Watch in 2019, along with winning an Emmy for Art Direction for a Sunday Night Football Open. 

“His lavish imagery draws from a deep, and constantly updated, toolbox of techniques,” relates Kris Mathur, Backyard’s EP; “With an engineer’s mind and the heart of an artist, his work manifests itself in unique and unconventional cinematic ways.” 

Anthony relates why he joined Backyard: “Not only is Backyard known for high quality work, but the familial environment, communication and teamwork I found here is refreshing and has me very excited about what the future holds – I look forward to all the fun that clients are going to have working with us.”

Backyard’s president, Kevin Allodi, adds: “Anthony is the proprietor of Basic Nature, where he applies his various VFX/GFX and editing skills, often finishing his own work. He not only fills a significant place as a live action director on our roster, but his post company allows us to efficiently package live action through the finished product, something many of our clients are increasingly asking for – we plan to put Basic Nature to good use for our entire roster, whenever appropriate.”

Backyard has enjoyed a return to prominence this past year, following the return of founder, Roy Skillicorn, as CMO, the continued guidance of veteran EP, Kris Mathur, and management of owner, Kevin Allodi.  Under their roster curation and the notable campaigns that are being secured, the company is thriving – the addition of Furlong further underscores this dramatic resurgence.

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