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Team Cheesecake

Co-Head of Studio

Andrew Bly

Co-Head of Studio / Senior VFX Supervisor

Jasper Kidd

Senior VFX Supervisor

Luke DiTommaso

Head of Production

Blaine Cone

VFX Supervisor / Producer

Leslie Chung

Leslie’s dreams of being an artist began when she was three years old, drawing on the walls and furniture of her childhood home in New York City. In time, her artistic pursuits led her to the School of Visual Arts, where she majored in computer art before landing in the professional world of VFX.

Now a 13 year veteran of the industry, Leslie has worked on films and TV shows as both a distinguished supervisor and producer, with credits including all seasons of Star Trek Discovery, Manifest Season 3, The Nighthouse, Marvel’s Runaways, Deadpool 2, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and more. Leslie’s tireless work ethic, fine attention to detail, and commitment to her clients and colleagues has been instrumental in the growth of the talent and culture of Crafty Apes NY and to the NY VFX industry in general. In addition to all her efforts at Crafty, she is also the (two time) current chair of the NY VES board. However, she still makes time for her artistic passions, including illustration, painting, and photography, along with spoiling her two adorable pet rats.

 

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Senior VFX Producer

Sarah McCulley

Growing up outside of Boston, Sarah’s interest in film was sparked directing elaborate horror films in her basement with a cast of her friends and neighbors. Realizing all this fun could actually become a career, she attended Emerson College to cultivate her interest in film. After finding her feet as a PA, Sarah entered the world of VFX just as the NYC industry took off. Sarah’s VFX producing credits include True Detective, Manhunt: Unabomber, Wu-Tang: An American Saga and Ray Donovan. Sarah is excited to be a part of the Crafty Apes team and continue their incredible work in film and television. In her precious spare time, you can find Sarah trying out new recipes, headed to the movies with friends, or running as far as she can.

 

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VFX Supervisor

Alex Dreiblatt

VFX Supervisor

Andy Chang

VFX Supervisor

Tehmina Beg

VFX Producer

Michael Fernandes

VFX Producer

Nelson Mejia

VFX Producer

Ruben Gloria

Agent / Sales Rep

Mary Ida Bonadio

Mary Ida Bonadio has been in the Commercial Ad business since graduation from “The School of The Art Institute of Chicago with a MFA, and Moore College of Art with a BFA.” What Art School has taught her is to be an independent thinker. The ability to communicate and understand conceptual ideas.”

  • She has raced formula one cars, flown small planes, shoots sporting clays and loves deep sea diving.
  • Is a gourmet cook
  • Is currently dabbling in watercolors
  • Went to the scratch academy
  • Just recent bough a puppy, who controls her every move

 

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Production Manager

Kristine Grevera

New York Style Vanilla Cheesecake

This classic New York-style cheesecake is rich and dense. Follow the cooling directions to prevent the top from cracking.

Ingredients

1 and 1/4 cups sugar, divided
1 and 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup butter, melted
3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon McCormick® All Natural Pure Vanilla Extract
3 eggs
1 cup sour cream

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F (or to 325°F if using a dark nonstick springform pan). Mix crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar and butter in small bowl. Press evenly into bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.

Beat cream cheese, remaining 1 cup sugar and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on high speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended. Gently stir in sour cream. Pour into crust.

Bake 1 hour or until center is almost set. Turn off oven. Leave cheesecake in oven 1 hour. Remove from oven. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Run small knife around sides of pan to loosen crust; remove sides of pan. Store leftover cheesecake in refrigerator.