Visual effects company Pixomondo, which has contributed award-winning visual effects to productions including The Mandalorian, Game of Thrones and the Oscar-winning film by Martin Scorsese Hugo, is building a new virtual production studio in Toronto, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Virtual production, which generally refers to the visual effects work done in real time on set, is becoming more widespread as technology evolves. It accelerated amid the pandemic as Hollywood aimed to resume production safely, and these techniques offer the potential to reduce travel, work at social distances, and involve fewer crew members. on the tray.
Mayfair Equity Partners acquired a majority stake in Pixomondo, which has bases in eight cities in the United States, Canada, China and Germany, in 2018, and backs the new company with more than C $ 10 million (7 , US $ 5 million), according to the company.
Under the supervision of Pixomondo’s Toronto / Montreal studio director Mahmoud Rahnama, the new venture will offer a modular stage that will be available for filming, while providing equipment rental, on-set staff and creative services. 3D environment of Pixomondo.
Technology partners include Epic Games, which will provide its Unreal real-time game engine; Roe Visual LED manufacturer; and Nvidia, which develops graphics processing units. Initial physical space and other equipment will be provided by Canadian production equipment rental company William F. White International.
CEO Jonny Slow noted that Epic, Roe, Nvidia and William F. White have “been instrumental in supporting and facilitating our plan to bring a facility like this to one of the world’s largest hubs. production in the world “.
Recent Pixomondo Credits Include Disney + The Mandalorian, HBO Perry mason and HBO Max Raised by wolves. The company also contributed visual effects for upcoming films such as Ric Roman Waugh’s. Greenland, the first feature film by David Oyelowo Water man and Roland Emmerich Falling moon.