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Leadership Team

Shad David
Aaron Cowan
Marc Varisco
Tang Bingbing
Shad David
Head of Production

Shad has worked in both VFX and Physical Production positions for over 25 years starting with eight years with Dreamworks SKG in the Live Action Physical Production Dept. then making the transition to VFX production working at Digital Domain (LA) for over 9 years followed by a move to the studio side of VFX for 20th Century Fox on Night at the Museum 2 and Percy Jackson projects. Shad then was recruited by WETA Digital as a VFX Production Manager and worked on projects such as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes. From there he was recruited by Deluxe/Encore Atlanta as Director of Production to develop their new Atlanta facility, setting up their pipeline and building up their artist staff for all of their DC comic TV projects. His role with Base FX as Head of Production is to oversee all aspects of production planning and execution.

Credits include: Mandalorian Season 1, Star Wars Episode IX, Six Underground, War for the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Avengers: Infinity War, The Greatest Showman, Central Intelligence, Spy, Night at the Museum 2, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters From Iwo Jima and multiple projects in both the Alvin and the Chipmunks and Percy Jackson franchises.

Aaron Cowan
Executive Producer

Aaron has worked in the film industry for over 25 years, with 19 years working in visual effects both in New Zealand and in Hollywood. Until recently he worked as a Digital Producer at Weta Digital, one of the world’s leading Visual Effects facilities, based in New Zealand. He has worked with such major directors as Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg and James Cameron.

Credits include: Mandalorian Season 1, Star Wars Episode IX, Six Underground, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Man of Steel, Avatar, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Two Towers and The Fellowship of the Ring

Marc Varisco
VFX Supervisor

Marc began his career in Australia, and quickly became a global supervisor, working on some of the most challenging films in the industry, working at Asylum and Rising Sun Pictures.  He’s worked both as a client supervisor and facility supervisor, and brings a wealth of knowledge to the studio.

Credits include: Mandalorian Season 1, Star Wars Episode IX, Six Underground, Master and Commander, The Island, Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Legend of Tarzan

Tang Bingbing
Creative Director / Senior VFX Supervisor

Bingbing graduated from Shanghai Tongji University, is one of the founding member of Base FX. She built Base’s lighting and compositing pipeline, which has been engineered to deliver the highest quality results utilizing a fraction of the resources and time utilized by other VFX company pipelines. She oversees the hiring, training, technology implementation, and production quality for the company, and has built a staff of leaders to assure success in each of those areas. Bingbing received the 2016 Hong Kong Film Award for Outstanding Visual Effects for her work as VFX Supervisor on Monster Hunt.

Xu Li
Sam Zhang
Wang Li
Xu Li
CG Supervisor

Xu Li joined Base in 2009. With a strong background in visual arts and painting for more than 10 years. Xu Li graduated from Shandong University of Art & Design and started as a senior lighting artist and led the lighting department on our most complex projects. Currently he is CG supervisor.

Credits include: I Am Number Four, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Pacific Rim, and Zhang Yimou’s The Flowers of War, Chen Kaige’s Sacrifice, Lu Chuan’s The Last Supper, Avengers: Infinity War, Star Trek Beyond, Captain America: Civil War, The Cloverfield Paradox, Leap, Monster Hunter

Sam Zhang
Compositing Supervisor

Sam Zhang joined Base FX in 2011 with professional background. His role with Base FX now is to make compositing production plan for shows, set up pipeline for the comp team and train artists. He always dedicating himself optimizing compositing pipeline to help the team complete challenging projects in a more efficient way, and trying new methodology for shows, Sam has been a key member of the team at Base FX.

Credits include: Captain America: Winter Soldier, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Pacific Rim, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Black Sails, Bumblebee, Monster Hunt I & II, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and Star Trek: Beyond, as well as major domestic productions such as Leap, Skyfire

Wang Lei
Compositing Supervisor

Wang Lei joined Base in 2010. He graduated from Hunan University of Science and Technology. He has worked on one of China’s most ground breaking VFX heavy franchises and also worked on major Hollywood blockbusters.

Credits include: Monster Hunt 1 & 2, The Flowers of War, The Great Wall, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Transformers: Age of Extinction and Aquaman

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