Co-Owner/VFX Supervisor
Digital Frontier FX, Inc.


Chad Finnerty

Chad Finnerty has been a key team member in the creation of some of the most memorable visual effects feature films. In 2006, Chad and fellow artists on the team earned an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for the film Happy Feet..  As a Digital Artist at the award-winning visual effects studio, Digital Domain, Chad served as a Crowd Simulation Lead, Animation Lead, and Motion Capture Lead. He has contributed to Clint Eastwood films including Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima.  Chad’s feature film experience also includes work with Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, and the Roland Emmerich blockbuster, 2012..  As the Animation Supervisor at Pixomondo, Chad had the pleasure to work on the feature films Star Trek: Into Darkness and After Earth.

Before forming Digital Frontier FX he entered new territory, directing the Previsualization and Animation for the Wanda Group’s “Space” theme park ride in China.  Chad has outstanding experience in designing and coding robust animation pipelines. He is well versed in lighting and compositing. With an expert eye for camera design, he can plan, direct, and execute motion capture shoots. Chad’s true passion is animation, which allows him to blend motion and emotion: to bring a story to life.