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Alkemy X Expands VFX Team with 2 New Hires

Abhijeet Nawsagare named head of pipeline across all offices; Brandon Young joins LA office as CG supervisor.

Alkemy X has expanded its VFX team, bringing on Abhijeet Nawsagare as head of pipeline across all offices, and Brandon Young as CG supervisor out of its Los Angeles office. The hires come on the heels of a year of steady growth for the VFX division, which includes series work on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Fear the Walking Dead, and Blindspot, as well as feature work on In the Heights and the upcoming The Many Saints of Newark.

Nawsagare brings over 13 years of VFX industry experience, including three years with ILM as a part of the company’s pipeline team. Young has over 15 years of visual effects experience across television, film, advertising, and gaming, working on series such as American Horror Story and The Walking Dead, and effects-driven feature films including Thor and X-Men: First Class. The two join a VFX line-up led by VFX supervisors Bilali Mack, Erin Nash, Jep Hill, and Mike Kirylo.

“Viewers are hungrier than ever for fresh content,” commented Alkemy X President & CEO Justin Wineburgh. “In meeting that need, we have seen massive growth in our VFX work. Abhijeet's impressive background in pipeline development and optimization for such top companies as ILM, combined with Brandon's episodic CG experience, will allow us to continue to embrace evolving technologies in the VFX industry.”

“With such tremendous advancements in technologies such as virtual production, the possibilities for Alkemy X are limitless when it comes to optimizing its technical pipeline,” noted Nawsagare. “The approach to being nimble and future-facing opens the doors for the exploration of significant changes that will allow our team to continue to elevate the volume and scope of work we are doing.”

“Alkemy X brings together a superior level of creative output with a high level of collaboration,” added Young. “I’m excited to work with the growing VFX team on the expansive range of upcoming projects at the company.”

Indian-born Nawsagare began his VFX career in India. He made his way to Vancouver in 2015 to work across optimizing pipeline solutions for larger-scale projects out of ScanlineFX before taking a role as Senior Pipeline TD at ILM. He later stepped up to a senior pipeline engineer role, part of the team architecting and developing key pipeline elements to optimize VFX production for projects including the Star Wars franchise. After three years with ILM, he joined Atomic Cartoons, where he spent two years working across the company’s pipeline and R&D teams. Film credits include The Golden Compass, The Incredible Hulk, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Thor: Ragnarok.

Young studied animation art and design at The Art Institutes before starting his visual effects career in gaming. He transitioned from game cinematics to VFX at a number of top Los Angeles studios, working on projects in film, television, and advertising. He spent six years with Blur Studios working on a range of projects, including in-game cinematics for Batman Arkman Knight, Elder Scrolls Online and BioShock 2 as well as the opening sequence for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Prior to Alkemy X, Young worked as a freelance VFX artist in the Los Angeles area across a wide range of projects in entertainment and advertising.

Source: Alkemy X