FuseFX CEO

David Altenau is the original founder of FuseFX, and is also the CEO and senior Visual Effects Supervisor. Altenau has been in the visual effects industry for over 25 years and his work has garnished both Emmy and VES nominations.

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 over the course of 10 years. FuseFX has become an industry leader and highly respected entity in the field of Visual Effects.

Altenau, a native of Ohio, began his career in San Francisco 1989, becoming a pioneer in the field of computer animation. After working on commercials at Editel for a period of time, in 1996 he moved to Los Angeles to become a senior CGI artist for Warner Digital Studios, where he worked on such films as Mars Attacks and Batman & Robin. Altenau continued his career with both Pacific Title/Mirage and Cinesite Hollywood, receiving 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. After focusing on feature films early on, Altenau broadened his focus to become the visual effects supervisor on such episodic shows as Carnivale, Deadwood, K-Ville, The Unit, Lie To Me, United States of Tara, and Criminal Minds. In 2006, he founded FuseFX and has led the organization since that time.

Speaker years: 
2017