Visual Effects Company Pixomondo Expands Gastown Office
Visual effects company Pixomondo is now operating in Vancouver, citing the province’s skilled creative talent, supportive government and time zone advantages as significant factors in their decision to establish an office in Vancouver. They have offices on three continents, and opening a studio in Vancouver provides them effective access to a global market with the best local and creative talent, projects, time zone advantages and strategic film industry location. British Columbia is now Canada’s top centre for film and television production, making it the logical choice for Pixomondo’s new office.
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Pixomondo is one among many international companies that have chosen to set up in Vancouver. Pixomondo’s stunning visual effects have won them an Academy Award, four Emmy Awards and a number of Visual Effects Society Awards, but visual effects is not their only focus. They maintain a diverse portfolio of corporate communications, interactive digital content, live events, theme park entertainment experiences and original IP. With a global network of studios in Los Angeles, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Beijing, Toronto, Shanghai, and now Vancouver, they have access to the best talent around the world and operate across time zones.
Trade and Invest BC facilitated engagements between Pixomondo and Vancouver connections, and continues to support the company in their growth. Their location in Gastown has quickly outgrown its capacity at nearly 70 staff, leading them to pursue opportunities to expand into other floors within their current building. The company reports they are impressed with the talent in Vancouver and find it easy to attract creative labour. The Gastown neighbourhood itself helps draw and retain staff who enjoy the stimulating culture. Thilo Kuther, the Founder and CEO of all Pixomondo branches, says that in addition to their visual effects office, Pixomondo is open to the possibility of adding an animation crew in the future. Sara Mustafa has transferred from Toronto to the Los Angeles office to head Global Operations including human resources, and planned and executed the opening of the new branch in Vancouver.
Vancouver is home to the world’s largest cluster of domestic and foreign-owned studios, with over 60 VFX and animation studios. British Columbia’s creative industries sector is proving itself to be well-rounded and versatile. With some of the top visual effects schools in Canada and government support through funding for industry programs as well as tax credits for productions with Canadian content, the province is generating a skilled workforce that can meet demand in all areas of production.
The industry is supported across the province by an extensive network of organizations dedicated to furthering British Columbia’s film and television success. Among them are the Vancouver Economic Commission, whose page on VFX includes promo reels, links to educational facilities and a jobs board; Creative BC, which offers services to connect production companies with regional communities, facilitates production registration and provides insight into local initiatives and expertise; and INFilm, which provides liaison and location scouting services to parties interested in filming on northern Vancouver Island.
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