Chris Staehler

Chris Staehler

Senior Digital Compositor / 10 yrs

Los Angeles, CA

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Previsualization Supervisor

Lucy in the Sky (2019)

Previsualization Supervisor

For All Mankind (2019)

Previz Artist

Midway (2019)

Previsualization Supervisor

Watchmen (2019)

Previsualization Lead

Sky Hunter (2017)

Postvis Supervisor

The Dark Tower (2017)

Previs Artist

Live by Night (2017)

Previsualization Lead

The Orville (2016)

Previsualization Artist

Star Trek: Discovery (2016)


Allegiant (2016)


Impossible (2015)


Fear the walking Dead (2015)

Matte Technical Director

Seventh Son (2015)


Fury (2014)


The Mysteries of Laura (2014)


Black Box (2014)

Digital Compositor

A Haunted House 2 (2014)

2-D Artist

Sabotage (2014)


Noah (2014)


Sleepy Hollow (2013)

Matte Technical Director

R.I.P.D. (2013)

Visual Effects

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

Digital Compositor

Veep (2012)


Hawaii Five-O (2010)


Castle (2009)

Digital Compositor

Revenge (2005)

Visual Effects Supervisor

Black Dragon (1970)
Work History
  • Compositor


    August 2014 - Present

    Compositing on various shows including:

    The Newsroom
    Orange is the New Black
    NCIS New Orleans
    Madam Secretary
    Hawaii 5-0
    Mysteries of Laura

  • Compositor

    Massive State Studios

    January 2014 - July 2014

    Haunted House 2 (Film)
    Bad Ass 3 (Film)

  • Compositor

    Look Effects

    March 2013 - July 2014

    Nuke compositing and paint fix for feature film; working closely with matte painters and supervisors to properly integrate mattes, cg elements and live action plates into a final shot. Software: Nuke, Photoshop, Maya, After Effects

    Feature Films:
    Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    Turn - AMC
    Bones - FOX
    Black Box - ABC
    Megaladon - Discovery

  • Matte TD

    Rhythm & Hues Studios

    November 2012 - March 2013

    Responsible for creating and managing complex matte paintings and 3D camera projections. Frequently assist matte painters in setting up and trouble shooting projections and 3D issues. Work with various departments including layout and compositing to ensure consistent product throughout production.

    R.I.P.D (2013)
    Seventh Son (2013)

  • Animation Associate


    May 2011 - November 2012

    Animating/Lighting/Compositing - Explanatory graphics pertaining to the medical field such as surgery and anatomical references. Works directly with clients and Art Director to create the best results in a timely fashion.

  • Compositor/Matte Painter

    Young Replicant

    June 2012 - July 2012

    Compositor and Matte Painter for the music video "Fineshrine" by Purity Ring. Video was directed by Young Replicant [Studios]. Worked remotely with an LA based team to create scene extensions, sky replacements and fully CG cloudscapes.
    Video can be viewed here:
    Breakdown of my contributions here:

  • Videographer/ Photographer

    Camp Tecumseh YMCA

    May 2009 - June 2011

    Shot video and photos for Camp Tecumseh in Indiana.
    Edited and Produced weekly DVD's for campers.
    Shot and edited photos for daily updates on the camp website.

  • Visual Effects Animator and Compositer

    North Carolina School of the Arts

    January 2009 - April 2009

    Designed, Modeled, Textured, Animated and Composited Visual Effects shots for the student film "Paradise" (directed by Alex Moratto and written by Luke Helmer).

  • Visual Effects Animator and Compositer

    University of Southern California

    November 2008 - January 2009

    Worked on several visual effects shots for a USC student film.

  • Freelance Graphic Artist and Director


    August 2006 - September 2006

    Developed and produced a corporate video for the opening celebration of Chick-fil-A; Project required filming and compositing footage onto video backdrops while timing the video to appropriate music. Original graphics and animation were then incorporated into a PowerPoint template to be used in conjunction with the video for developing multifaceted and cohesive presentations.

  • Purdue University

    2007 - 2011