Chris Hanada and Tanner Kling

Chris Hanada ‘99 and Tanner Kling ‘00 were honored at this year’s Film Outside the Frame with the Innovator Award, a newly established award recognizing the film school’s forward thinking alumni.

The duo met as film students at SFTV and began their careers working together at C/W Productions on the Paramount Lot. In 2005, after working on a number of high-profile productions including Vanilla Sky and Mission Impossible II, they packed up their computers and set up shop in a converted garage, forming their own digital production company, Retrofit Films. “We basically started the company as two guys with a couple computers, and that’s really all we had,” says Hanada.

Eight years later, Retrofit Films has evolved into an award-winning company, credited with developing groundbreaking interactive projects for brands such as Vampire Diaries and Heroes.
Check out their site for more information here.