IN THE PRESS | The Georgia Straight| October 23rd, 2018 | Read More
Vancouver’s film industry is booming. Dubbed Hollywood North in cinephile circles, the Lower Mainland has played host to big-budget flicks like 50 Shades of Grey, Deadpool, and War of the Planet of the Apes, and brought in more than $3.8 billion to the region in 2017 alone.
More than just a pretty backdrop, however, much of Vancouver’s value to the film sector is its talent in creating visual effects. More than 60 studios make up the VFX and animation industry, creating the world’s largest cluster of domestic and foreign-owned companies.
Despite the local competition, the region’s studios have more work than they can take on—and businesses are hiring.
One example is visual-effects leader Image Engine. Recognized in the industry for its CGI creations—the organization was behind Game of Thrones dragon Drogon’s iconic attack on the loot train in the show’s latest season—Image Engine has set an ambitious target to grow its staff. Currently employing 200 artists, the business aims to hire 100 more by the close of 2019, and hopes to have a headcount of 350 by the end of 2020.