UK-based Outpost VFX opens new studio in Montreal

UK-based visual effects organisation Outpost VFX have announced opening up a new studio in Montreal, it’s first international branch. Currently operating only out of Bournemouth, it’s new Canadian studio will continue to provide services to television, film and other creative sectors. “In response to the ongoing boom in highly-creative HETV and film projects, the time felt absolutely right to open another Outpost facility to continue to provide exceptional service to our clients and satisfy demand,” explains Outpost VFX founder and CEO Duncan McWilliam. “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.” Alongside the expansion into Canada, experienced VFX Producer Becca Scott has joined Outpost as Head of Production for North America and is heading up the new studio in Montréal. Joining Becca in Montréal is VFX supervisor James Rustad, formerly of Double Negative. Some of his well-known supervisory roles were on Wonder Woman and The Revenant, and he helped bring many iconic creatures to life 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,” says global head of production Gez Hixson. “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,” says Becca. “I’m looking forward to developing our Montréal team and continuing to build on Outpost’s success. 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.