Vancouver VFX Studio Image Engine is Expanding

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Image Engine is Expanding

Award-winning visual effects studio Image Engine expands into new state-of-the-art space in Vancouver

October 24, 2018

World-class studio expects to hire around 100 extra visual effects artists and other staff by 2020.

Award-winning Vancouver-based visual effects studio Image Engine is expanding into a new state-of-the-art space to make room for more than 100 new artists and other staff this fall.

The addition of the new office comes as the studio ramps up for upcoming post-production work on feature films and high-end television including “Mulan“.

Located at 2043 Quebec Street, the new premises will be next to Image Engine’s existing space on 5th Avenue, meaning the studio will occupy a total of 29,000 sq.ft. in Vancouver’s growing tech neighbourhood, Mount Pleasant.

Shawn Walsh, Visual Effects Executive Producer and General Manager, says the new state-of-the-art facility will increase the studio’s ability to create even more extraordinary effects.

“Our new studio space enhances our capacity and flexibility, enabling Image Engine to take on the delivery of complex work for film and television,” said Walsh.

“It also allows us to juggle multiple film and television projects for our clients all year round, while continuing to commit to the Mount Pleasant visual effects and animation community.”

The Image Engine team is expected to grow from 200 to around 300 artists and other staff over the next few months and throughout 2019, reaching 350 in 2020.

The new premises will seat around 100 of those employees, including animation, rigging, creature FX and digital FX artists, and client communications and editorial departments.

It will also feature 4K review, editorial, and client collaboration rooms, as well as an open space floor plan to enhance workflows and communication across all key departments.

Walsh says the new office was designed to meet increased demand for Image Engine’s award-winning visual effects services in both film and TV productions.

“The ability to ‘say yes’ to our clients – in a way that has been challenging to date with the current facilities – is hugely appealing,” said Walsh.

“Our enhanced studio space will enable us to answer the call from Hollywood clients and support a growing list of unique creative challenges.”

Walsh adds that the new facility will also enable Image Engine’s artists to work in the most flexible way possible, all in keeping with the studio’s personal management style.

“Providing a work environment for our staff that feels human and enhances collaboration is a top priority at Image Engine,” said Walsh.

“The new facilities will enable our artists and technical staff to engage with more opportunities to work with talented filmmakers all over the world.”

Image Engine’s recent projects include Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Warner Bros.), Kin (Lionsgate), Skyscraper (Universal Pictures), The Meg (Warner Bros.), and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal Pictures).

About Image Engine

Image Engine was founded in Vancouver in 1995 and is now a world-class visual effects studio, specializing in creature animation and environment creation for film and TV.

In 2010, Image Engine was nominated for an Academy Award for its groundbreaking alien animations in Neill Blomkamp’s critically-acclaimed film District 9.

Since then, the studio has been nominated for multiple awards and created VFX for a huge range of projects, including Thor: Ragnarok, Deadpool, and Jurassic World.

This year, Image Engine won a Visual Effects Society (VES) Award for its outstanding animation of the dragon, Drogon, in the spectacular loot train attack in Game of Thrones.


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