‘Star Wars’ VFX Veteran Joseph Kasparian Heads To Rodeo FX

EXCLUSIVE: Award-winning Star Wars VFX veteran Joseph Kasparian, whose recent credits include The Mandalorian and Andor, is joining Montreal-based VFX studio Rodeo FX in the role of Executive Visual Effects Supervisor.

Highlights of Kasparian’s 27-year career include shaping the visual landscape of features such as Jurassic World, Warcraft and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

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Kasparian arrives at Rodeo FX from Hybride where he was Creative Vice-President and worked on every Star Wars movie and series since 2015, winning an Emmy in 2021 for his work on season two of The Mandalorian, and garnering a nomination for Rogue One prequel Andor.

“Constantly reinventing yourself is essential due to the evolution of technology. I’ve always been forward-thinking, looking ahead to what’s next. Rodeo feels like a natural progression for me,” said Kasparian.

“It goes beyond visual effects, it’s about entertainment as a whole and how I can share the craft and the knowledge I’ve developed these past 25+ years with incredible people.”

Kasparian will join The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings of Power VFX supervisor Ara Khanikian in overseeing Rodeo FX’s team of 16 VFX supervisors, with the support of founder and CEO Sebastien Moreau and Jordan Soles, VP of Development & Innovation.

Their joint mission will also be to continue Rodeo FX’s expansion while maintaining the commitment to quality at the studio, which has recently worked on high-profile projects including Masters of the Air, Dune: Part 2, Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, and House of the Dragon.

“This marks a pivotal moment for Rodeo FX,” said Moreau. “In welcoming Joseph, a recognized figure in the industry, we are also bringing in a unique blend of energy, enthusiasm, and expertise that perfectly aligns with our company’s aspirations and commitment to high-end visual effects. Joseph’s vision is closely aligned with mine, and I’m confident he will play a key role in supporting our continued growth.”

Nominated for multiple Emmy Awards for its work on the series Stranger Things season 4, The Witcher and The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power, Rodeo FX works with nearly 900 artists in studios in Montreal, Québec City, Toronto, Los Angeles and Paris.

Current projects include season two of House of the Dragon, Masters of the Air and Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon.

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