ABOUT US


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 thirty 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.


Awards

2016 OSCAR NOMINATION: The Academy Award for Visual Effects
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2015 GOLDEN HORSE AWARDS NOMINATION: Best Visual Effects
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”)


History

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 150 feature films, provided services to all the major Hollywood studios, developed relationships with the top Mainland and Hong Kong directors.

BIOS

Christopher Bremble
Founder & CEO

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and USC’s School of Cinema-Television, Mr. Bremble began his film career with multiple writing and producing credits, two director credits, and one film in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2002, he traveled to Asia for the first time, working with a small team of artists in Beijing, and founded Base FX the following year. Initially comprised of 12 artists, the company has grown to more than 400 staff and has completed over 150 film projects. In 2009, Mr. Bremble designed the company’s training program, Base Camp, providing a foundation for the Company’s continued growth and success.

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

Nick Kovalevich
COO

Nick is accountable for Base FX operations and co-responsible for developing and executing its corporate strategy. Prior to joining Base he worked for McKinsey & Company (Hong Kong), where he performed strategy and organization development work across a variety of industries.

Nick speaks fluent mandarin, possesses 9 years’ Asia business experience, and holds degrees from Columbia University (B.A. Psychology) and the Kellogg School of Management (MBA).

Nick can be reached at: nkovalevich@base-fx.com

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

Carol Ning
Executive Producer, China / Asia Pacific

Carol Ning joined the Company in 2013, after working for Sony China and Transformers 4.  In addition to developing new relationships within China, Carol is responsible for all client relationships in China / Asia Pacific.

Carol can be reached at: carolning@base-fx.com

Tiffany Wu
Head of Production, Beijing

Tiffany Wu joined Base in 2013 as Head of Production, overseeing the entire visual effects production pipeline and the production management team. An alumnus of The Orphanage and Sony Imageworks, Tiffany provides calm, strong leadership for the team, and manages the day-to day decisions on resources and staffing.

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).

Mary Payne
Head of Animation, Wuxi

Mary Payne joined Base in 2014 to lead the Company's nascent Animation Group, working to build a world-class pipeline and training regime.  Mary brings nearly two decades of experience at ILM and Dreamworks Animation to the position, and is helping Base exploit new narrative technologies.