SANTA MONICA — Visual effect house ArsenalFX (www.arsenalfx.tv) has significantly expanded and bolstered its team. David Carlson has joined the studio as senior CG generalist, having held a similar role at Digital Domain. Cortney Haile has been promoted to head of operations for ArsenalFX, while Casey Conroy joined the company as VFX director.
“Our business has been booming, and as a result, it was simply time to bolster our personnel to keep up with client demand,” notes ArsenalFX executive producer. Ashley Hydrick. “We are truly excited to be adding David and Casey to our team, while Cortney’s promotion is also certainly well deserved.”
Carlson had been a senior CG generalist at Digital Domain. He first worked for the company from 2003 until 2005, and then rejoined the studio in 2010. His background in visual effects stems from a lifelong practice of traditional art, illustration, sculpting and painting. While working in-house with Area 51 VFX, the company won an Emmy for HBO’s From the Earth to the Moon. Carlson has also held in-house positions with Riot Pictures, Method Studios, Netter Digital, Cantina Pictures, Powderkeg Pictures, Hidden Fortress, and Rogue State.
Carlson, Haile and Conroy.
Haile now serves ArsensalFX as its new head of operations, having been promoted from her previous position of account executive. She first joined the company in 2011. Her career includes work as a journalist and in feature production. She established her own production company, M E Films, and later accepted a position at Lionsgate Films, where she segued into the world of post production. From there, she made the jump to the vendor side of the business, becoming an account executive with 2G Digital Post.
Prior to joining ArsenalFX, Conroy most recently served as a visual effects producer and on-set visual effects supervisor for Warner Bros. Digital Distribution’s videogame Mortal Kombat Legacy: Season 2. He has worked in post for nearly 20 years, primarily serving as a visual effects producer and/or visual effects supervisor. His commercial clients include Mercedes, Jaguar, Chevy, Dodge, Ford, Nissan, Cadillac, Honda, Nike, Adidas, Coke, Intel and Gatorade, among many others.