Team Cobbler

Chris LeDoux

Founder
Senior VFX Supervisor

Alaskan born and bred, Chris earned bachelor’s degrees in both psychology and sociology, but his fascination with cinema and filmmaking instead led him to the world of visual effects. Now a veteran of the film industry, Chris’s impressive résumé includes compositing and VFX supervision on numerous films and TV shows, including 12 Years A Slave, Doctor Strange, The Greatest Showman, and Better Call Saul, among others. A gifted storyteller, Chris has also directed many music videos and led visual effects teams for U2, Chris Cornell, New Kids on the Block, and Paramore, just to name a few. Outside of the Crafty Apes office, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids, and is rarely seen without his favorite Seahawks cap on.

Mark LeDoux

Partner
Senior VFX Supervisor

Born and raised in Kodiak, Alaska, Mark departed the frozen north after graduating high school and made his way to Santa Barbara. There, he turned a bachelor’s degree in history into a gig as a compositor and original member of the Crafty Apes team, eventually becoming Crafty Apes’ VFX supervisor on such films and TV shows as Deadpool 2, A Wrinkle in Time, and the recent AMC hit Lodge 49. Starting in a one room office with four people and watching the company grow has been the highlight of working at Crafty Apes for Mark. A fan of positivity and watching Starship Troopers, he occupies his free time by spending 10 hours a day on the phone with his fiancé and thinking of ways to increase efficiency and happiness within the walls of the Crafty Apes offices.

Matt Akey

Executive Producer

Matt Akey has been in the Hollywood community, producing visual effects, animation and live action content for over 20 years. He is an ardent fan of bullet points:

  • Works as a VFX Executive Producer, supporting our many teams internationally. VFX Produces a bit, marketing, PR... et. al.
  • Caretakes three (3) Akey Jr's and a Coonhound / Staffordshire Terrier mix
  • Was nicknamed the ``Mad Bomber`` in high school for his baseline fadeaway 3-pointer.
  • Culinary choices - Alaskan Halibut, Montepulciano Chianti, Fried Artichoke Heart and Vanilla Bean Crème brûlée.
  • Community theater director, reclaimed wood connoisseur and Steve Nash fan.
  • Watches: Braveheart, Shawshank, Amelie, Heat, Friday Night Lights
  • Listens: Hamilton (Broadway Recording), U2, Debussy, Lecrae
  • The ones he enjoyed working on the most: Man of Steel, Just Mercy and Hugo

Josh Stevens

VFX Set Supervisor

Childhood imagination and a toy camera sparked Josh’s fascination with bringing images to life, a passion he carried through to high school, where he took every media and photography class offered to him. Tax incentives brought the film industry to his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, and he worked on sets as a production assistant and director’s assistant before finding his way to VFX. Making the move out to LA, he caught on with an up-and-coming VFX house, Crafty Apes, learning the trade and growing with the company to become a compositor and Visual Effects Plate Supervisor. Now a part of the Crafty Apes team in Atlanta, Josh still spends much of his time behind a camera, shooting elements for projects at work, and practicing photography in his spare time.

Sara Tremblay

VFX Producer

Following her childhood in the suburbs of Chicago, Sara got her start in film working in the art department for productions around the Windy City, including Wanted and Public Enemies. Her passion for art, film, and television led her to the Digital Animation and Visual Effects School in Orlando – where she studied VFX – and then to Atlanta and, eventually, Crafty Apes. Beginning as a compositor, with credits on such projects as Doctor Strange, La La Land, and Hidden Figures, her production experience and management skills have helped her advance to her current role as VFX Producer and on-set VFX supervisor. On the rare occasions when she manages to escape the office, Sara enjoys watching movies, baking yummy desserts, and catching up on sleep.

Steve DiNozzi

VFX Supervisor

An Atlanta transplant by way of Westchester, New York, Steve’s passion for cinema led him to study at SCAD, where he received a bachelor’s degree in visual effects. After college, he started out in the film industry as a paint and roto artist, then began working as a compositor before joining the Crafty Apes team and, eventually, becoming a visual effects supervisor. His credits include films and TV shows such as Darkest Minds, American Gods, and Stranger Things season 2, the latter of which earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Special Visual Effects. When he’s not working, eating, or gaming, Steve enjoys spending his free time with his fiancé and their dog.

Wes Dorough

VFX Producer

A native of Albany, Georgia and a lifelong Bulldogs fan, Wes attended the University of Georgia and earned a degree in telecommunication arts before beginning his film career in earnest. He started out working in production offices around the state, then landed a job as a VFX production assistant for The Hunger Games, transferred to data management, and eventually met Chris LeDoux on-set for a project before moving over to Crafty Apes full-time. A VFX supervisor for numerous feature films and TV shows including Tag, Uncle Drew, and Stranger Things, among others, Wes enjoys spending his time away from the Crafty Apes offices with his wife, and “dadding it up” with his two kids.

Sean Thigpen

VFX Supervisor

Hailing from Atlanta by way of Savannah, Sean’s route to VFX was a circuitous one. He spent several years playing bass in a hard rock band before trading his bass in for a tattoo machine and, eventually, finding his way to art school. Looking to improve his skills applying ink to flesh, he instead discovered a more lucrative path in design and motion graphics, which led him to visual effects. The Atlanta film boom brought Hollywood to him, as luck would have it, and Sean found himself working on the most popular TV show in America, The Walking Dead. Success there gave way to many more projects and a career in VFX supervising, but Sean still finds time for his hobbies, including photography, traveling the world, and enjoying expensive brown liquor.

Katie Jacobs

VFX Producer

For the past ten years, Katie has found work in a variety of areas within film and media. While living NYC, she worked as a PA for the ABC daytime television show, The Revolution, and Harry Belafonte’s HBO documentary premiere, Sing Your Song. She also worked as a Director’s Assistant to Jennifer Fox in her award-winning independent film, The Tale.

In 2017, she, along with the team at Shade VFX collaborated on HBO’s, Westworld, where they won an Emmy. Additionally, she held the title of VFX Producer at Framestore, Inc. where she worked on several commercial and TV related projects for advertisers including Geico, Capital One, Google and HBO’s, I Know This Much Is True.

Katie’s passion is filmmaking, where she has written and directed her own award-winning short film, Let’s Talk, starring Eric Michael Gillett (Netflix/Marvel series, Daredevil, Quantico, and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Allison Trujillo-Strong (Netflix film, The Week Of).

Bobby Tucker

VFX Producer

A native of north Georgia, Bobby’s career path after graduating from UGA seemed to lead one of two ways: writing the next great American novel or becoming the modern version of a Mad Men character. He did neither – lurking around the Atlanta film scene with some friends, he (very fortunately) made the acquaintance of a few brothers from Alaska, and the rest is history. Now a VFX producer at Crafty Apes, his credits include Zombieland: Double Tap, HBO’s Watchmen, and Apple’s Amazing Stories reboot, with numerous upcoming projects as well. When he’s not neck-deep in spreadsheets, Bobby spends his time reading, playing video games, listening to records, and hanging out in dive bars throughout Atlanta.

Aldo Ruggiero

VFX Supervisor

With 2 Emmy and 2 VES nominations, as well as over 15 years of experience in the industry, Aldo leads with a unique breadth of knowledge, experience and flexibility. His approach blends technical knowledge and artistic sensitivity, with experience touching all aspects of production and post-production.

As a VFX supervisor, he has worked on a variety of Feature Films and Episodic TV, ever expanding his understanding of this dynamic field, including productions by Marvel, Disney, AppleTV and many others. He intuitively addresses client needs with understanding, foresight and innovation, expertly implementing tried and true techniques, developing new solutions to old problems, or creating entirely new effects for the latest effect-hungry climate.

As an artist he worked on thousands of shots for more than 30 different TV shows and movies, creating highly realistic looking water effects for the show The Last Resort, killing walkers in The Walking Dead, generating thousands of spectators for stadiums of all sizes, and generally just exploding, shattering and torching evil of all creeds, as well as messing around generating terrains, clouds and oceans, nicely reflecting the creative fun and intentional innovation at Crafty Apes.

As a programmer and former lead technical director and head of pipeline development, behind the scenes he has written tools and code that created studio efficiencies and creative solutions for major VFX studios.

Hailing from Avellino, Italy, Aldo Ruggiero came to Hollywood in 1999 to study music but found his real passion in making motion pictures. Mr. Ruggiero was a movie editor, photographer, and filmographer before specializing in digital effects.

Chris Wood

VFX Supervisor

Originally from Miami, Chris attended FSU to get a degree in music, but discovered editing early on in school and decided to pursue a career in post-production (don’t worry, he still got a minor in music). After developing a post-grad interest in compositing, Chris’s career took him from Atlanta to LA and back again, including stops at Turner, Rhythm & Hues, Method Studios, ILM, and even a stint working with light-fields and VR at Lytro. A VFX supervisor at Crafty’s Atlanta office since 2018, his credits include projects such as Thor: The Dark World, Divergent, Ant-Man, Dr. Strange, and Life of Pi, the latter of which won an Oscar for best visual effects. In his admittedly limited free time, Chris spends time with his wife, dabbles in electronic music, and has composed the scores for several indie films.

The Search For The Best Burger

Classic Peach Cobbler

This peach cobbler recipe is sure to get your mouth watering. And the best part? It only take 10 minutes to prepare. Serve this at your next backyard barbecue — it’s sure to be a crowd favorite.

This recipe is courtesy of Betty Crocker.

Ingredients

1 cup Original Bisquick mix
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 can sliced peaches, drained

Directions

Heat oven to 375°F.

Stir together Bisquick mix, milk and nutmeg in ungreased 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish. Stir in butter until blended. Stir together sugar and peaches; spoon over batter.

Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until golden.