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Kathy Chasen-Hay began her career in the early 1980’s at the pioneering CGI company, Digital Productions, who rendered CGI on a Cray super computer.
By 1987 Kathy joined DreamQuest Images as their lead VFX Editor where she was a major contributor to such award winning films as The Abyss and Total Recall. While at DreamQuest Kathy also served as editor and finished several commercials for DQ’s commercial division.
In the early 90’s Kathy left DreamQuest to work studio-side as the VFX Editor on Universal’s 6 Days, 7 Nights, Fox’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and on several of Jerry’ Bruckheimer’s films such as Con Air, Kangaroo Jack and Bad Company.
By the year 2000 Kathy made the switch to VFX Producer and joined Santa Monica’s Asylum to produce the visual effects for Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor. Kathy helped Asylum grow from 30 to 200 artists by the end of the decade. After Pearl Harbor Kathy served as Asylum’s VFX Producer for Moulin Rouge, Master and Commander, Miracle, and Disney’s Sky High. Kathy was both the studio-side and vendor producer for Disney’s National Treasure series, and Kathy served as Tony Scott’s VFX Producer for Déjà vu, Domino, The Taking of Pelham, 123 and she was the VFX Executive Producer for Unstoppable.
While in her role as Executive Producer at Asylum Kathy helped the company bring in some of the most talented artists in the industry. While serving as Asylum’s EP, Kathy oversaw Transformers, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Terminator: Salvation and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. In addition to the above films, and because of her long-standing relationship with the Bruckheimer group Kathy was able to maintain work in house for many of the Bruckheimer films such as the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. While at Asylum Kathy expanded the company’s relationships to such independent studios as Lionsgate Films where she met SVP of Post Production, Carl Pedregal. Pedregal was so impressed with Asylum’s work that he brought the company such films as The Eye, My Bloody Valentine, Killers and finally The Next Three Days.
After Asylum closed in late 2010, Kathy joined Fox and served as the VFX Producer for McG’s This Means War and newcomer Josh Trank’s found footage film, Chronicle. Kathy joined Lionsgate in July of 2012 to help Lionsgate see through Ender’s Game, and she is now serving as Lionsgate/Summit’s SVP of VFX, overseeing the VFX on all films including the upcoming Now You See Me 2, Deep Water Horizon, and Power Rangers.
Diana Giorgiutti joined Luma in 2015 as Executive Producer of Features, from Marvel Studios where she was the Visual Effects Producer. Diana’s experience in Film and Television spans 36 years and includes work on some of Hollywood’s most respected films, including Baz Luhrmann’s Australia, for which she won a Golden Satellite Award for “Best Visual Effects.” Diana produced the conceptual ‘green light’ phase on Andy Wachowski’s Speed Racer, and while at Marvel, she collaborated with Luma on Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The First Avenger. As EP of Features, Diana is the direct link between the studios and Luma, fostering both new and long-term relationships with some of the best in the business
As Image Engine's Visual Effects Executive Producer and General Manager, Shawn’s expertise lies in the crucial areas of creative production, maintaining Image Engine’s excellent client relations, and producing winning bids. Originating as a 3D character animator in 1996, Shawn has many years of experience in the visual effects and animation industry, including several years abroad where he honed his skills as a Senior Lighting Technical Director and Compositor at Rhythm and Hues, MPC and ESC Entertainment.
He joined Image Engine in 2005 and has since built up an impressive roster of credits including The Incredible Hulk, District 9, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Elysium, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Chappie and more. Shawn plays an instrumental role in leading new business opportunities in feature film at Image Engine, developing new production methodologies and managing global marketing.
Based in Vancouver BC, Image Engine is a world-class visual effects company, led by a team of creative and passionate individuals who are committed to furthering the art of visual storytelling. Well known for its Academy Award-nominated work on Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, Image Engine has gone on to create numerous incredible creatures, epic environments and extraordinary digital effects for a broad range of feature films, including Jurassic World, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Chappie. In July of 2015 Image Engine merged with Cinesite, an industry leader in visual effects and feature animation services.