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China's Aaron Wei creates seamless VFX for Golden Globe winning series 'The Americans'
Hailing from China and conquering the United States entertainment industry, Senior Compositor Aaron Wei has contributed to the success of over 30 TV shows, ten movies, and many prolific commercials. Every time he embarks on a new project, his singular goal is for the audience to enjoy his work, awards and recognition only in his peripheral.

"Aaron has made and will continue to make numerous contributions to the Motion Pictures and Film industry, becoming a great asset to the arts," said Eduardo Angel, an Emmy-Award winner who has worked alongside Wei on many projects.

Wei's work was once again recognized on an international level earlier this year, when The Americans won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series ? Drama. Wei was the senior compositor for four episodes of the series, two in the show's fifth season and two in its sixth and final season. The show was also named number one of the Best 25 shows of 2018 by USA Today, with the number two spot going to The Good Fight, yet another show where Wei has done a lot of Visual Effects work.

"It feels really great that the show has impressed audiences and critics all over the world. I didn't even know when it won the Golden Globe, it was my friend who told me, and it was awesome. When you know there are so many people out there watching the show you were working so hard on, it's very encouraging, and just felt like all the efforts and late nights paid off. And it also encourages me to do better job, because it does matter," said Wei.

The Americans is a period drama about a pair of deep-cover Soviet spies who masquerade as a typical DC couple and whose children, neighbors, coworkers and friends are completely unaware of their activities. At home, they're the stereotypical parents of stereotypical kids; at work, they pose as travel agents; but at night, they weave a web of confidants, lovers, dupes, and historical figures from the Reagan-era Cold War. The startlingly realistic plot twists force the viewer to consider the real cost of an undeclared war, what it takes to protect one's beliefs, if it's worth it, and if it actually worked for either side. 

"The best part of this story is that these two arranged KGB spies, Philip and Elizabeth, actually fell in love, and later on, because of Philip warming up to American culture and the ongoing Cold War, their marriage becomes complicated. Although they're struggling in this secret cover up, it's their marriage that seems to be the most dramatic aspect of their lives. Even with their false identities, it still reflects some of the normal issues and occurrences of common married life. They are no different than other couples, I think. Every parent has secrets that they never tell their children. We might all find the same story in our own lives," said Wei.

Wei works for The Molecule VFX, a company that works on blockbuster films and award-winning television shows. He was thrilled when the company asked him to work on The Americans, a show that he had always enjoyed.

When working on the project, Wei always focused on doing his best work possible, even if that meant late nights and early mornings. His seamless compositing polished the story, as was his goal. He never wanted the audience to be distracted by seemingly fake looking visual effects; it is essential for him to keep the audience engaged in the story. It was intense, but that is his personality, he is a perfectionist and demands a lot of himself in his role, knowing VFX's importance in modern entertainment.

"I think every ambitious compositor who loves their job and tries to prevail will always be delighted to have the opportunity to work on a project like this. The Americans is one of the country's most beloved TV series. It's a great pleasure to be part of the team, and there are some challenging shots in the series that I got to work on. That excited me a lot," he concluded.

The Americans should be on your binge-watching list if it isn't already. Wei, for one, highly recommends it.

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