Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Industrial Light & Magic chief creative officer John Knoll officially opened the new ILM studio in Vancouver on the afternoon of March 17. The studio will be operating for at least 10 years busy with all the sequel movies + the spin-offs...
The studio will have full capabilities rather than focusing on separate specialities. What's interesting is that In Vancouver, the company is particularly keen to hire creature technical directors and layout artists.
"Creature technical directors set up their fantastical characters with bones, muscles, skin and animation controls which animators then work with. Layout artists match the output of computer “cameras” with film cameras so computer generated material and filmed material work in concert."
Industrial Light & Magic, the legendary visual effects firm George Lucas created for Star Wars, is bringing as much as one-third of the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII’s visual effects work to Vancouver.
“Everybody here is going to be very, very involved in a lot of Star Wars content over the next seven years,” ILM president and general manager Lynwen Brennan said. On the weight of the Star Wars franchise, ILM has taken over Pixar’s 30,000 square foot Gastown studios and intends to staff it with 200 visual effects employees.
“The wonderful place we’re in right now, we have 10 years of work ahead,” Brennan said. There are not only three Star Wars plans in the works, but also spin-off movies. “That enables us to not only invest in jobs but in technology development and R&D.”
“We will be here at least eight to 10 years,” ILM chief creative officer John Knoll said.
Other projects of the ILM Vancouver studio are The Lone Ranger and Pacific Rim. Their current projects are Captain America: The Winter Solider, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.