Base FX is the leading visual effects and animation studio in Asia. Anchored by its Strategic Alliance with Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Base has more than fifty Hollywood theatrical film credits, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Pacific Rim, Star Trek into Darkness, Looper, Identity Thief, Mission Impossible 4, and Super 8.

In China, the company has worked with directors Zhang Yimou (Flowers of War), Chen Kaige (Sacrifice), Jia Zhangke (A Touch of Sin), Lu Chuan (The Last Supper), Xue Xiaolu (Finding Mr. Right), and Ning Hao (Breakup Buddies).

Base has also provided visual effects for the TV series/mini-series The Pacific, Boardwalk Empire, Black Sails, True Detective, and The Last Ship. Base received Emmys for its work on The Pacific, Boardwalk Empire, and Black Sails.


2016 OSCAR NOMINATION: The Academy Award for Visual Effects
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Monster Hunt
2015 OSCAR NOMINATION: The Academy Award for Visual Effects
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
2014 Emmy Award: Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role
Black Sails (Episode: “I.”)
2011 Emmy Award: Outstanding Special Visual Effects for Television Series
Boardwalk Empire (Episode: “Boardwalk Empire”)
2010 Emmy Award: Outstanding Special Visual Effects for Television Miniseries, Movie, or Special
The Pacific (Episode: “Peleliu Landing”)


Base FX was formed in 2003 as a partnership between a renowned Beijing VFX training school and the company’s founder, Chris Bremble, to create visual effects for independent films in Hollywood. After three years working primarily on creature and sci-fi films, the company was formally founded in 2006 with a team of 12 artists in Beijing, all with a background in visual effects training. This core team provided Base with the most experienced creative management in China, and built the foundation for a culture of creative innovation and client services that have propelled Base into a leading position in China’s visual effects industry.

Nearly a decade later, the company has completed work on over 200 feature films, provided services to all the major Hollywood studios, developed relationships with the top Mainland and Hong Kong directors.


Christopher Bremble
Founder & CEO

Christopher Bremble’s career in the film industry began in 1994 at USC's School of Cinema Television, where he focused on writing for the motion picture business. His 1998 short film The Clock (writer, producer) was selected for competition in Cannes International Film Festival. In 2000, Christopher made the transition from writer to writer/director with the film Rockets’ Red Glare; the project was one of the first TV features to utilize sophisticated visual effects completed by a team of freelance artists from ILM, Tippet, and Boss, and provided Christopher with an introduction to visual effects.

Base FX was launched in February 2006. The company has grown to more than 550 staff and has completed over 200 film projects. In 2010, after four years of creative leadership for the Company, Christopher received an Emmy for Outstanding Visual Effects for a Movie or Miniseries for the Company’s work on HBO’s The Pacific. Shortly afterward, Base began a Strategic Alliance with Lucasfilm and Industrial Light and Magic, driving new opportunities into the business.

In 2016, in partnership with China Media Capital, Christopher launched Base Media Company, a production company in Beijing focused on making spectacle-driven filmed entertainment. In 2017, the Company launched Base Academy, it’s first external training program, and set up offices in Los Angeles and Kuala Lumpur, building on the Company’s leadership in China’s film industry.

Chris can be reached at: cbremble@base-fx.com

Ian Sugarman
Board Member

Ian Sugarman is the initial investor in Base and has been best friends with Chris Bremble since their first week at the University of Pennsylvania. Ian is a Managing Director and a Vice Chairman of Retail Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley. Ian is also a partner in the Weather Up cocktail bars and the No. 7 Restaurant Group. Ian clerked for the Honorable Kevin Thomas Duffy in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ian has run the NYC Marathon twice in addition to holding a JD (Fordham) and CPA (Wharton).

Ian can be reached at: ian.k.sugarman@gmail.com

Neil Xie
Vice President

Neil Xie has been with Base since its inception, servicing a variety of roles from Project Manager to Vice President. In his current role, Neil oversees the Company's regionalization project, government relations, and Chinese joint venture projects.

Neil can be reached at: neilxie@base-fx.com

Joseph Tang
VP, Business Development, Asia

As VP of Business Development, Joseph brings ten years experience in building and successful marketing and consulting firms in Asia, working in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Thailand. A multilingual extrovert with a diverse array of personal interests, Joseph oversees the Company’s business development outside Mainland China.

Bernd Kröll
Chief Operation Officer

Bernd holds a Master degree from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, NY. After arriving in China, Bernd joined Volkswagen Group China in Beijing in 2013 as a Product Manager. His responsibilities included, among others, vehicle project management as well as product portfolio strategy. As COO, he is responsible for business management at Base and its subsidiary companies. In this role, he oversees the Accounting, Human Resources, Administration and Legal departments. Furthermore, he helps develop and execute Base's corporate strategy.  

Tolly Swallow
Executive Producer, North America / Europe

Tolly Swallow joined Base in 2010, rising through the production management team until migrating to Hollywood in 2014, where he works as our Exec Producer for all North American / European clients. 

Tolly can be reached at: tolly@base-fx.com

Teo How Jiann
Head of Production, Beijing

HowJiann joined Base FX in 2016 as a producer and was subsequently appointed as the head of production in 2017. Started his career in animation and VFX in 2004, HowJiann has accumulated the relevant experience in production management. As a head of production, he leads the production management team, oversees day-to-day operation of the visual effects production and makes key decisions in resource allocation.
HowJiann received a Master of Engineering (Computer Engineering) from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore in 2007. He was a pioneer member of Sparky Animation, Singapore, and was involved in the production of Doc McStuffins from Disney Juniors, Dinosaur Train from Jim Henson and Freej from Dubai's Lammtara Studio.

Tang Bingbing
Chief Creative Officer, Beijing

One of the original founders of the Company, Tang Bingbing has overseen the Company's creative and rendering pipeline since 2006. In 2013 Bing joined the Company's most ambitious project to date, Monster Hunt, supervising 700 digital character shots for Edko Films and director Raman Hui.

Gavin Boyle
Previs Supervisor

Gavin joined Base FX in 2013, and has completed several projects, including the live action movie "Monster Hunt" and other widely screened visual effects productions. During his career, he has worked at ILM, Digital Domain, Animal Logic and other world-renowned visual effects and feature animation companies around the world. He was involved in the production of a number of highly celebrated movies such as "The Avengers," "Mission Impossible 4", "Pirates of the Caribbean 4", "The Golden Compass" and "Legend of the Guardians”. Gavin Boyle graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design in Canada and is a member of the Visual Effects Society (VES).