Visual effects supervisor and founder of Alpha Studios, Kaitlyn Yang (SACI Alumna, Spring 2010) is one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 in Hollywood and Entertainment.
Kaitlyn Yang is a 29-year-old Chinese-American entrepreneur and visual effects supervisor currently living and working in Los Angeles. She is a wheelchair user due to Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
Most recently, Kaitlyn was named by Forbes as one of 30 Under 30 in Hollywood and Entertainment.
Kaitlyn is the founder and visual effects supervisor of Alpha Studios, a post production company specializing in visual effects, motion graphics, and color correction. Some of their clients include: Google, Disney, and Verizon. Throughout her career as a visual effects artist, Kaitlyn has worked on TV shows such as The Walking Dead, Robot Chicken, and Falling Skies.
Initially focused in fine arts, Kaitlyn expanded into the digital medium while taking a graphics design class in high school, then a film editing summer course at Washington University in St. Louis. Her portfolio landed her a prestigious spot at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. She further developed her voice at SACI, taking a variety of classes such as Film Photography, History of Italian Cinema, and 3D Animation.
“Florence saved me. I was mentally exhausted while studying and working in Los Angeles. Florence was the breath of fresh air that recharged my passion for life and my commitment to the arts.”
“I formed a special bond with my SACI flatmates. We took advantage of the field trips that took us all over Italy. We also explored nearby countries such as Spain and the Netherlands during our breaks. Traveling with a wheelchair is tricky anywhere, but I was in good hands between all the support staff at SACI and my flatmates, who made me feel like the world was my oyster."
Kaitlyn graduated with a BA degree in Animation and Digital Arts from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, and also completed her MBA through Smartly. She is a member of the Television Academy and is also on the board of The Visual Effects Society and Able Artists, a platform that helps disabled artists to learn and work in film.