ATLANTA—Boutique post-production house Nine
Mile Circle has added creative director, Flame artist and finishing editor Les
Umberger to its creative team. Umberger is an Emmy Award-winning artist who
brings experience with major brands and top agencies through past stints at West
Coast shops Digital Domain and R!OT. His presence will allow Nine Mile to offer
clients comprehensive post-production packages, encompassing creative
editorial, color grading, visual effects, editorial finishing and sound at a
level on par with companies in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.
Umberger has been working with Nine Mile Circle on an
informal basis for several months, including projects for Holiday Inn (Ogilvy
& Mather, Atlanta) and Ford (GTB, Detroit). 
He has also collaborated with editor and Nine Mile founder Kyle Kramb on
an ongoing campaign for fast food chain Krystal 
(Bright Red/TBWA, Tallahassee). “Les brings an elevated level of
creativity to our visual effects and finishing services,” says Kramb. “He also
fits the character of Nine Mile. He has a relaxed personality, but he takes his
craft very seriously and has high expectations for the quality of the work.
It’s a great combination.”
Kyle Kramb and Les Umberger

For his part, Umberger says that he and Kramb quickly
developed a strong and productive rapport. “It’s been a great ride,” he
Umberger is an Atlanta native and began his career as an
editor and visual effects artist with NBC (where he won his Emmy Award), Turner
Productions and Crawford Communications. In 2003, he was recruited by the post
house R!OT in Santa Monica where he focused on visual effects and finishing for
commercials and music videos.  His resume includes work for Ford, Chevy,
Toyota, Office Max, Bud Light, Energizer and many other advertisers, as well as
such music artists as Maroon 5, Christina Aguilera, John Legend, Justin
Timberlake and Gwen Stefani.
Since relocating to the Southeast, Umberger has broadened
the scope of his work to include commercial directing. Over the past three
years, he has lensed campaigns for Verizon, Elizabeth Arden, Maybelline and
others. At Nine Mile, Umberger plans to continue to apply those skills for
clients seeking true one-stop creative solutions. “It’s something we are hoping
to do a lot more of,” he explains. “In the current climate, it’s advantageous
to be able to wear multiple hats.”
Nine Mile Circle launched in 2013 and has pursued Kramb’s
vision of combining premium talent with the attentive service of a local
provider. Kramb is planning further additions to the company’s staff while
maintaining its boutique orientation. “Our long-term vision is to double in
size,” Kramb says.
About Nine Mile
Artist owned and operated Nine Mile Circle is a premier post
production house with a full service sensibility in a boutique environment. Our
award-winning team collaborates on digital, social media and broadcast projects
with directors, agencies and network clients from all over the world. We offer
creative editorial, Smoke finishing, visual effects, motion graphics,
animation, color correction, audio mixing, sound design and full
production services all under one roof.
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