Ten-year-old FuseFX, which was founded by VFX supervisor David Altenau, has moved its headquarters to a new 27,000-square-foot facility in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles.
The two-building campus can accommodate FuseFX’s 150-person onsite staff and features a 10-gigabit infrastructure capable of managing 4K media and other large data files in realtime; four screening rooms, including a 20-seat theater equipped with 4K projection and monitoring systems; and Sohonet broadband connections with FuseFX’s production facilities in New York and Vancouver, which allows artists at the three sites to share data and resources. Space is available for more technical resources including the possible addition of 4K color grading and finishing.
“FuseFX remains committed to building on the success of our Los Angeles office and growing our operation here,” says Altenau, who has an Emmy Award under his belt for American Horror Story: Freak Show. “Our new space will allow us to continue to tap into the tremendous talent and resources in the LA area and provide services to what remains the largest center for entertainment production in the world.”
Altenau expects the company’s Los Angeles staff to eventually reach 250. “We have [developed] a highly efficient pipeline that results in better creative communication and quality control, and the faster turnaround of shots. Our artists are able to focus on the creativity in visual effects rather than the technical aspects of the process.”
FuseFX produces visual effects for a host of broadcast television shows, including Scorpion, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Empire, The Blacklist and American Horror Story, as well as a growing number of feature films and commercials. The company recently formed a division focused on virtual reality under the banner FuseVR.
At the studio’s recent opening ceremony, LA’s mayor, Eric Garcetti, said, “FuseFX has been rooted right here in Los Angeles for the last decade because the company understands what our city has to offer: unmatched production resources, vast infrastructure and, of course, the best talent in the business. Fuse is creating opportunity and raising the next generation of animators and designers in LA, right where they belong.”