David Altenau is the original founder and CEO of FuseFX. Altenau has been in the visual effects industry for over 25 years and his work has garnered both Emmy and Visual Effects Society awards.
A native of Ohio, Altenau began his career in San Francisco 1989, becoming a pioneer in the field of computer animation and visual effects. He moved on to Editel where he focused on commercials and was head of the CG department, before migrating to Los Angeles in 1996 to become a senior Technical Director for Warner Digital Studios. During his tenure at WB, he worked on such films as Mars Attacks, Eraser, and Batman & Robin.
Altenau continued his career with both Pacific Title and Cinesite Studios, where he received an Emmy nomination for his work on From the Earth to the Moon and working on such Hollywood blockbusters as X-men, X-Men II, Thirteen Days and Sixth Day. He then broadened his focus to become the Visual Effects Supervisor on such episodic productions as Carnivale, Deadwood, K-Ville, The Unit, Lie To Me, United States of Tara, and Criminal Minds.
In 2006, Altenau founded FuseFX and began the process of creating one of most successful and respected visual effects studios in the world. Altenau has led the growth of FuseFX from start-up to approximately 300 employees in three locations worldwide. His leadership and vision has enabled extraordinary growth and success of the company. FuseFX has become an industry leader and highly respected entity in the field of visual effects.
Altenau continues to lead the management team and creative efforts at the company as the company grows, ensuring that FuseFX continues to provide the best possible visual effects and unparalleled service to the company’s production partners and clients. David holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Purdue University. His personal motto which is reflected in all the work FuseFX generates is “any job big or small, do it right, or not at all.”