WHY DFFX STARTED
Life partners Chad and Jaimie Finnerty, formed Digital Frontier FX in 2013 with the goal to find a solution to the ever shrinking visual effects job market in Los Angeles.
As more visual effects work is awarded to companies providing tax incentives in Canada, the UK, and Australia DFFX strives to build a company that will keep work in Los Angeles. We provide competitive pricing and high quality products that will keep our clients coming back.
With Chad and Jaimie’s combined experience of over 30 years in visual effects they continue to build a tight knit family of artists that like themselves, want to bring creative visions to life in the movie capital of the world.
Chad Finnerty, owner / vfx supervisor
Chad has been a key team member in the creation of some of the most memorable visual effects feature films. In 2006, Chad and fellow artists on the team earned an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for the film Happy Feet.
As a Digital Artist at the award-winning visual effects studio, Digital Domain, Chad served as a Crowd Simulation Lead, Animation Lead, and Motion Capture Lead. He has contributed to Clint Eastwood films including Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima.
Chad’s feature film experience also includes work with Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, and the Roland Emmerich blockbuster, 2012.
As the Animation Supervisor at Pixomondo, Chad had the pleasure to work on the feature films Star Trek: Into Darkness and After Earth.
Before forming Digital Frontier FX he entered new territory, directing the Previsualization and Animation for the Wanda Group’s “Space” theme park ride in China.
Chad has outstanding experience in designing and coding robust animation pipelines. He is well versed in lighting and compositing. With an expert eye for camera design, he can plan, direct, and execute motion capture shoots. Chad’s true passion is animation, which allows him to blend motion and emotion: to bring a story to life.
Jaimie Lee Finnerty , owner / vfx producer
Jaimie Lee Finnerty has over 15 years of experience in visual effects production management. She began her career in the late 1990s as a receptionist at Digital Domain. She was inspired by the studio’s groundbreaking work on James Cameron’s Titanic, and chose to pursue the production side of visual effects. She has worked at some of largest VFX studios in the world including DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Rhythm & Hues Studios, Zoic Studios and Tippett Studio.
Jaimie’s exceptional list of films credits include the first Transformers, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and Matrix Revolutions. In addition to live-action films, Jaimie has also contributed to entirely computer-generated projects such as Open Season, along with heavy character animation in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.
More recently, Jaimie’s passion for films has spilled into the commercials and episodic world, allowing her to deliver film-quality VFX within shorter timeframes and tighter budgets. The Emmy Award-winning series, Dragons: Riders of Berk, is one example of Jaimie’s contribution to television. With her all-encompassing experience, Jaimie aims to ensure the timely, accurate, and cost-effective production of every client’s uniquely creative vision.