FuseFX has hired on 18-year visual effects industry veteran Jon Cowley as Head of Production and Senior VFX Supervisor for its Vancouver facility, where he will oversee production activity and lead the VFX supervisors on projects such as TV series Zoo and Mist. Cowley will be working closely with Executive Producer Wendy Lanning, according to FuseFX President David Altenau.
Cowley brings plenty of experience as a manager ,VFX supervisor and artist to the new post, with credits including blockbuster features Furious 7, TRON: Legacy, The Great Gatsby and District 9. He most recently served as client-side VFX supervisor on Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix).
With a background in industrial engineering, fine arts, design and animation, Cowley kicked off his computer graphics career in his hometown of Toronto, working on films like Panic Room and Jason X. His first VFX Supervisor credit came with Disney’s TV movie A Wrinkle in Time. Since then, he has held supervisory roles on more than 30 feature film and TV projects, with further highlights including Smallville, Total Recall and Men in Black 3.
“Successful supervision is a blend of decisive leadership and an eye for the bigger picture. We make sequences, not shots. We create pictures, but we also tell stories. For artists to thrive and deadlines to be met, VFX has to constantly rebalance, re-evaluate and innovate. It’s my goal to bring that mindset to every project,” said Cowley.
“It’s an opportunity to put my 18-years of knowledge and experience to work in a dynamic production environment. We’ve got a tight-knit group of professionals with a wealth of experience and I look forward to working with them in building the FuseFX brand.”