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.
AHMET ZAPPA , CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER
Ahmet ☥ Zappa is an entrepreneur, NY Times Best Selling Author, film and television screenwriter, director, producer, inventor and futurist. He also runs the extensive Frank Zappa estate through the Zappa Trust as co-Trustee.
Zappa consults or partners with a variety of businesses and brands often creating content for their marketing strategies. He helped form the company Blk-Ops which has made a significant amount of Microsoft’s commercials since 2014. As a creative, he stays involved from pre-production to post-production on all projects.
As a Co-Trustee he manages and administers all assets of the Frank Zappa business. This includes recordings, publishing, name image and likeness as well as furthering the Zappa business and trademarks in the marketplace.
Under his entertainment shingle, Monsterfoot Productions, he conceived the story, developed and produced “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” for Walt Disney Pictures. He also originated the ideas and wrote the screenplays for “Monster Witness Relocation Program” and “Tiki.” At Sony Pictures, he is producing the movies “Dodge & Twist” and “Savage Planet.”
Zappa wrote the critically acclaimed novel “The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless,” the picture book “Because I’m Your Dad,” graphic novels and co-created the new Disney brand and book series “Star Darlings” with his wife.
Zappa began his TV writing career working on short form, comedic web content for various production companies and animation studios. He then moved into scripting family content, sitcoms, action oriented dramas as well as supernatural and science fiction based high concept television shows.
Zappa has written and produced songs for animation, recorded tracks for motion picture soundtracks, scored the music for commercials, web series, reality series, specials and other television projects . He has been a member of a few bands, made a handful of albums and music videos and also toured the globe playing his music.