FuseFX, an award-winning visual effects studio specializing in providing services for television, film, and commercials globally across eight studios, promotes key staff members to leadership positions at its New York studio. John Miller has been promoted to head of studio-NY and senior VFX supervisor. Joining John in the New York leadership post are Lauren Montuori, as executive producer, and Ariel Altman as senior VFX supervisor and head of creative.
John has over 20 years of experience in television and feature film production, as well as post-production. He has successfully created and managed visual effects, graphics, and editorial departments at leading post-production facilities in New York, including Princzco Productions, Flicker VFX @ SMA, Moving Images, Point 360 New York, and Perception NYC. His credits with FuseFX include Mr. Robot, When They See Us, Iron Fist, Castle Rock, Tell Me A Story, and Sneaky Pete. John has also worked on Marvel films, including Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
“I am excited to begin my new role as FuseFX New York’s head of studio and senior VFX supervisor. I am looking forward to leading and growing the amazing, talented creative/production team as we continue to take on a larger number of complex projects, and strengthen our relationships with our global partners in the FuseFX community. Lauren, Ariel, and I have been in the trenches on some of FuseFX NY’s biggest projects, managing client creative and production expectations. Through our close working relationship, we have created a shorthand that has become invaluable as we move into our new roles,” says Miller.
Lauren Montuori, as executive producer, brings over a decade’s worth of experience in visual effects and animation. Her recent work at FuseFX includes contributions to Prodigal Son, Black Lightning, Iron Fist, The Dangerous Book for Boys, The Get Down, The Blacklist, and Mr. Robot, which earned her VES and Emmy nominations. Lauren’s previous experience includes Horton Hears A Who, Brave, The Girl on the Train, Winter’s Tale, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Adjustment Bureau, and Salt.
“I’m thrilled to partner with John and Ariel while moving into this new role. We have an incredible team, and I look forward to continuing to help support the company’s New York growth and talent with them,” says Montuori.
Ariel, now senior VFX supervisor and head of creative, has been part of the New York team since its launch in 2014. Ariel brings a decade of experience as a compositor and supervisor with credits spanning television, commercials, broadcast media, and music videos. Recent work includes HBO’s I Know This Much Is True, The Blacklist, Kevin Can Wait, Bull, American Made, Luke Cage, and Mr. Robot, for which he received an Emmy nomination in 2018.
“Our focus on creative solutions in partnership with our clients has been the core of our growth since opening the NY office seven years ago. I’m pleased to continue this work in my new role and continue our mission of telling great stories. I couldn’t ask for better partners in John and Lauren,” said Altman.
CEO and founder of FuseFX, Dave Altenau said, “John, Lauren, and Ariel have been key members of our team and leading projects for FuseFX in New York for many years now. Having the three of them take the helm in New York is going to be a seamless transition, and I am confident they will continue the tradition of quality VFX work for all the projects done in the New York studio. All three are consummate professionals and have proven track records delivering award-level visual effects. I couldn’t be happier for all three of them to have this opportunity to take our New York studio to the next level.”