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  • Sherri

    VFX Legion/LA Opens Studio in British Columbia

    April 10, 2019, 1:53 pm
    The New Division Provides Feature Films and TV Shows with Access to B.C.’s Deep Tax Incentives and the New Studio’s Skilled In-House Talent, Along With its Collective of Experienced VFX Artists Based Throughout the Province


    VFX Legion, the full-service Burbank-based visual effect company, has launched a studio in British Columbia, Canada.  The new division accesses the province’s substantial tax rebates, and the diverse roster of senior artists needed to efficiently craft the high-quality photo-realistic visual effects that feature films and episodic television shows demand.

    Although the expansion to B.C. marks the first time that VFX Legion has established a presence outside of LA, it has been a global company since Founder, and Creative Director James David Hattin opened its doors in 2013. Launched with a next-generation pipeline at its core, Legion’s ability to renders an artist’s location irrelevant establishes its Kelowna, B.C. studio as a powerful creative hub.

    The company kicks off the new venture with a skilled roster of in-house talent, along with a scalable collective of specialized visual effects artists based beyond commuting distance to its studio.  Hattin is currently finalizing the signing of a head of production/senior VFX supervisor to helm the B.C. operation as Legion continues to solidify new relationships with top-tier talent based throughout the whole of the province.

    “British Columbia’s dense pool of experienced artists makes it an ideal location for VFX Legion’s first foray into a tax haven,” says Hattin, the architect of the company’s pipeline. “It enables us to take optimum advantage of our infrastructure’s capabilities and bring some of B.C.’s most creative and experienced visual effects artists into our fold.”

    “The impetus behind the launch of VFX Legion was the need for a new generation of visual effects companies with state-of-the-art capabilities, ensuring that establishing a presence in B.C., or any region offering tax incentives, doesn’t come at the cost of limited access to top-tier talent," says Hattin.

    VFX Legion’s capabilities build on Hattin’s 20+ years of experience as a tech-savvy lead talent helming visual effects teams for Hollywood’s episodic television shows and blockbuster films. The hands-on creative supervises and collaborates with the company’s LA and B.C.-based artists, as well as its worldwide network of talent, working in real-time as a single unit through every phase of production.

    Legion’s pipeline breaks with the traditional visual effects business model, untethering artists from the company's brick and mortar studios. Its reach and seamless digital connectivity enable Hattin and his LA facility’s veteran management team to guide its select pool of geographically diverse artists with the efficiency of a VFX company that houses its entire team under its roof.
     
    Right out of the gate, the combination of top-tier talent and a forward-thinking, efficient end-to-end approach has attracted a variety of work. A mix of US and internationally-based episodic television shows rely on the company’s experienced team to deliver large numbers of complex, high-quality shots and consistently meet tight deadlines.

    Shonda Rhimes' high-profile series, ‘Scandal’ (ABC) entrusted Legion to handle all its visual effects needs for three seasons, through last year’s finale.  Currently, ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ (ABC), ‘Madam Secretary’ (CBS), and ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ (CW), are a few of the shows that continue to return to work with the company's team season after season.  ‘Hardcore Henry,’ ‘Sinister 2,’ ‘Insidious 3’, ‘Asura,’ ’12 Strong,’ and ‘Superfly’ are among Legion's feature film credits.




    Legion’s team provides projects with a variety of visual effects -  from photorealistic environments, set extensions, compositing, look development, lighting, matte painting, and dynamics-to cleanups and any other services a project may require. The recent expansion into B.C. sweetens the pot, enabling the company to meet the budgets of a broader range of projects. 


    “Our LA company is fortunate to be called on by a steady flow of films and episodic television shows,” says VFX Legion’s Head of Production, Nate Smalley. “We’ve also had great meetings with a long list of producers who were wowed by the quality of our work, but ultimately the impact of tax incentives and exchange rates on the bottom line has been a deciding factor. The addition of our B.C. studio positions Legion competitively in the visual effects arena, leveling the playing field.”

    “Whether our B.C. studio steps in during the production, editorial or the pre-production phase of a project, Legion provides feature films and TV show with a unique new creative resource,” says Hattin.  “Our managers’ shared LA aesthetic and standard and quality guide a talented team of artists committed to enhancing every visual story with VFX that consistently exceed clients’ expectations.”

    British Columbia is the first of a series of regions offering tax incentives where VFX Legion plans to put down stakes.  Hattin is in the process of assembling a core team of artists in New York, and plans are in the works to launch a division in the state.

    VFX Legion LA/B.C.: www.VFXLegion.com, contact@VFXLegion.com,818-736-5855. 

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