VFX company Crafty Apes expands Hollywood footprint


Full-service visual effects powerhouse Crafty Apes (Watchmen, Hustlers, Dolemite is My Name) has hired Chris Kenny and Brandon Nelson as VFX Supervisors to join their Los Angeles offices, adding to their large team of 2D and 3D Supervisors, Artists and Producers currently in place.

The company now employs over 170 VFX professionals in their four facilities: New York City, Atlanta, El Segundo and Baton Rouge, LA.

Crafty Apes’ recent credits include critically-acclaimed films such as Jumanji: The Next Level, Little Women, Zombieland 2, Dolemite Is My Name and Spider-Man: Far From Home, and top episodic series including Star Trek: Discovery; the upcoming Picard, The Orville, and Stranger Things to name a few. 

Kenny and Nelson have both been in the industry for over 10 years, and have been working as a team since 2007. “We’ve spent years supporting and challenging each other and couldn’t really conceive of ending that relationship,” says Kenny about their simultaneous move to Crafty Apes. 

Nelson specializes primarily in compositing, lighting, look development and has worked on a wide range of films, including the award-winning Life of PiFast and Furious, as well as a number of Marvel films, such as Avengers: Infinity War and Captain America: Civil War. On his move to Crafty Apes, he says, “I’m extremely excited to be joining Crafty Apes. When I met the partners, I could tell immediately that we shared a common vision whereby beautiful visual effects work could be executed efficiently while maintaining the highest quality standards. I believe Crafty Apes has a sense of flexibility and proactiveness that other larger studios can’t match.”

Kenny shares a similar background with Nelson, and will be handling in-house supervision and shot work, on-set supervision, and pipeline and software development for Crafty Apes. His past credits include Life of PiX-Men: Days of Future PastCaptain America: Civil WarAnt-Man, and both Guardians of the Galaxy films.

Kenny says, “I’ve always been attracted to the balance of art and science that visual effects offers, and push to bring new technologies into production to make artists more capable and to make new workflows and imagery possible. I see Crafty Apes as a young, nimble company that has been successfully challenging many of the traditional ways of thinking and working in VFX.”

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Tim LeDoux, a partner at Crafty Apes, commented on Kenny and Nelson’s hires saying.  “We’re fortunate and excited to have them join the team. Their creative ability, alongside their history of working together, will allow them to collaborate with top directors and enhance the storytelling process of their projects. They are a perfect fit for Crafty.”

Additionally, the company’s Los Angeles office has nearly doubled in size since expanding the building with a square footage of over 7,500 square feet, and now have over 50 employees – including a robust 3D animation and FX team.

The company is working on a variety of upcoming titles including Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead, the Barry Jenkins-directed Underground Railroad, and HBO’s Lovecraft Country

SOURCE: Crafty Apes