Post-production firm Digital Jungle moves to SCV

Post-production house Digital Jungle’s new offices on Constellation Rd. feature statues based on the Terracotta Army in Xi'an, China, depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor. Courtesy photo.

Digital Jungle, a post-production company that works with motion picture, television and online producers, is in the midst of moving it operations to new headquarters on Constellation Rd. in Santa Clarita.

The 5,000-square-foot headquarters will be home to Digital Jungle Post, its core operation, and Digital Jungle Pictures, a recently created feature film development and production studio.

Dennis Ho, Digital Jungle’s founder and president, got his start designing on-air promotional spots for ABC in the 1970’s, “pre-Disney, pre-Capital Cities.”

After concluding he “just wasn’t a very good corporate soldier,” he struck out on his own, first launching Encore Communications, which evolved into Digital Jungle.

Over the years, the company has worked with most of the major studios, providing digital intermediate services, visual effects for feature films and commercials, image enhancement, film scanning & color correction, 3D stereoscopic finishing, audio services, and graphic design.

Santa Clarita’s growing cluster of film and television producers and support services drew Ho north over the Newhall Pass. It didn’t hurt that he already lives here, but he said that’s wasn’t the main reason for the move.

Dennis Ho, founder and president of Digital Jungle, directing actors Tonya Kay and William Knight in “A Better Place.” Courtesy photo.

It makes good business sense to move to Santa Clarita, “a serene and tranquil setting” that is also a “growing and dynamic production community,” Ho said in a statement.

A resource library on the Santa Clarita Film Office website lists seven post houses and facilities within the broader category production or post-production companies, which has 56 distinct individuals and entities. The list is self-reported and may be incomplete, said Kelli Lajer, film project technician with the office.

Projects from Digital Jungle Productions include Hallmark’s “Love at First Glance,” independent films “Day of Days” and  “Broken Memories. The company also released “A Better Place,” Ho’s feature film directorial debut, which a coming-of-age story that, according to its website, poses the question, “What if scoundrels in our world get their comeuppance and karma payback instantaneously?”

Ho said the company’s move to Santa Clarita will be complete by summer.

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