Alkemy X has hired Rebecca Manning as compositing supervisor for its VFX division. Manning brings 16 years of experience and more than 40 major feature film and television credits, including Ghostbusters, The Jungle Book, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Avatar. Manning will be based out of Alkemy X’s New York studio and will lead its compositing team on projects including the television series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Fear of the Walking Dead, Mr. Mercedes and Blindspot.
Manning arrives from Weta Digital, where she served as sr. compositor on the films War for the Planet of the Apes and Mortal Engine. She previously served as sr. compositor at Digital Domain, Iloura and Rising Sun Pictures. She was sr. compositor for the team that won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for The Jungle Book in 2017. (The film also won a VES Award for Compositing.) Additionally, she was part of the team that won the Oscar for Visual Effects for Avatar in 2010. She has been a lead and look development artist at several companies and served as head of department at Framestore in London. Other notable credits include The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I. She served as chair of the Visual Effects Society’s UK board in 2011.
“I love art, I love movies and I love technology,” observed Manning. “Compositing combines all three. Some compositors tilt toward the artistic side; others are more technically-minded. I have a good combination of the two and have been interested in art and technology since I was very young. Compositing is a role I’m ideally suited to.”
Manning said she was drawn to Alkemy X by the plans of Mark Miller, EP/business development, to expand its visual effects division and compete for the largest and most challenging film, television and advertising projects.