Bournemouth-based Outpost VFX has launched its first international studio in Montréal, Canada.
The new studio will service clients in the film, high-end TV and creative sectors.
Outpost will be operating from a 6,000 square-foot facility on the corner of Peel St and Saint-Catherine St W and is currently hiring for a number of positions across art and technology.
“In response to the ongoing boom in highly-creative HETV and film projects, the time felt absolutely right to open another facility to continue to provide exceptional service to our clients and satisfy demand,” said Duncan McWilliam, Founder and CEO.
“With its generous film tax relief system, supportive government and incredible visual effects talent base, Montréal leapt out at us as the most exciting location for our first overseas studio. After more than 12 months of careful planning it’s fantastic to finally realise our goal of opening a facility in Canada.”
Outpost says the new office will help in servicing clients across multiple time zones and talent sharing between the UK and Canada.
Alongside the expansion into Canada, VFX Producer Becca Scott has joined Outpost as Head of Production for North America and is heading up the new studio in Montréal.
Joining Scott in Montréal is VFX Supervisor James Rustad who was most recently at Double Negative. His supervisory roles include Wonder Woman and The Revenant, and he has worked on iconic creatures for the Harry Potter series as an artist.
“With the wealth of exciting talent in Montréal we will be able to develop our ambitions even further, strengthening the great work already being done at Outpost in the UK,” said Gez Hixson, Global Head of Production. “With Becca joining us as Head of Production and James as our first VFX Supervisor, I could not be more excited to see Montréal grow from strength to strength over the coming months and years.”
“With such an amazing talent pool in Montréal, it’s a great fit,” said Scott. “I’m looking forward to developing our Montréal team and continuing to build on Outpost’s success.
“I could not be more thrilled to be a part of Outpost, and to be heading up the new facility here in Montréal. Outpost has a great reputation, and a refreshingly different take on the culture and environment needed to produce excellent visual effects.”
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