FuseFX Joins ACCESS:FX Promoting Diversity in Visual Effects

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LOS ANGELES, 08/30/2020 ––  ACCESS:VFX, an industry-led non-profit coalition of leading visual effects (VFX), animation, and games studios, today announced the launch of a new West Coast chapter. The global non-profit organization is building upon its mission to promote diversity within the VFX industry by expanding to the U.S. West Coast and providing practical tools for up-and-coming creatives that are essential to succeed in the industry, including mock interviews, reel reviews, virtual events, and e-mentorships.

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Led by co-chairs Kathleen Ruffalo, Recruitment Manager, USA at Framestore, and Ann Hoang, Head of People & Culture, LA at The Mill, the West Coast chapter’s first steps will be to promote initiatives such as its Slack mentoring scheme, industry apprenticeships and awareness-building events, and partner with local schools and organizations within the LA community. With other founding members including FuseFX, Ghost VFX, Luma Pictures, Pixomondo, and Zoic Studios, the chapter hopes to extend its outreach to not only students within LA and surrounding communities, but those already working in the industry that have been furloughed or laid off due to the current pandemic.

“I’m thrilled to be involved with the launch of the West Coast chapter of ACCESS:VFX — a long-awaited addition to the ACCESS network,” said Ruffalo. “With the current climate, there’s never been a better time to encourage inclusion and diversity within the VFX, animation and games industries, which have historically struggled with a lack of representation of people from minority backgrounds.”

Read the full press release: https://www.productionhub.com/press/details/71898


About FuseFX:

FuseFX was founded in 2006 in Los Angeles by David Altenau and co-founders Tim Jacobsen and Jason Fotter. Establishing itself as an award-winning studio, FuseFX provides full-service visual effects for episodic television, feature films, commercials, ride films, and VR productions with a talented roster of creative and production personnel across locations in Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, and Atlanta. In 2020, Folks VFX joined the FuseFX network of Studios expanding coverage into Montreal, Toronto, Bogota. FuseFX is a portfolio company of EagleTree Capital.



ACCESS:VFX is a global, industry-led, non-profit comprised of 40 leading companies, industry bodies, and educational establishments in the VFX, animation, and games industries. It focuses on actively pursuing and encouraging inclusion, diversity, awareness, and opportunity under its four pillars of Inspiration, Education, Mentoring, and Recruitment.

ACCESS:VFX has united over 100 passionate people (many from competing companies) around the common goal of addressing the lack of diversity in the VFX industry. Together they have run more than 50 events and reached thousands of potential future employees of primary school age and above across the UK, US, and Canada - working with organizations including We Are Stripes, Into Film, and This Ability.