International visual effects company Pixomondo announced the opening of its twelfth facility in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Press release from Pixomondo:
Baton Rouge, LA--International visual effects company Pixomondo announced the opening of its twelfth facility in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The occasion was marked with a press conference together with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Baton Rouge Mayor-President Melvin "Kip" Holden and Pixomondo Founder Thilo Kuther held at Raleigh Studios Baton Rouge at the Celtic Media Centre in celebration of the thriving local film, television and advertising production community. This announcement comes on the heels of the Academy Award win by Pixomondo’s Visual Effects Supervisor Ben Grossmann and Digital Effects Supervisor Alex Henning for their work on “HUGO,” a project featuring over 800 stereo 3D VFX shots created by more than Pixomondo 400 artists worldwide. “Opening an office in Baton Rouge fits perfectly with our overall company vision. Louisiana offers a very generous production tax rebate that we can pass on to our clients to bolster our project load as well as our growing teams in Los Angeles, London and Germany—not to mention China and Canada,” said Thilo Kuther, Founder, Pixomondo. “Baton Rouge is a beautiful city with a wealth of resources—we’ve already connected with the Louisiana State University science department to help set up remote render farms and virtualization with our other studios.” Pixomondo plans to open a facility with between 50-70 staff servicing film, television and commercial productions shooting both in Louisiana and around the world as part of the company’s worldwide network. Louisiana has been offering a generous 30-35% tax incentive for film and television production since 2002 and has lured many projects as a result. Several recent productions shot in the state include “Battleship,” the “Twilight” series, “Battle LA,” “Green Lantern” and many others. The Pixomondo facility will open at Celtic Media Centre adjacent to the Raleigh Studios Louisiana outpost in May of 2012. ABOUT PIXOMONDO
Pixomondo is an international visual effects company boasting 24-hour production capabilities, sharing projects across a global network of 12 facilities in Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Berlin, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Beijing, London, Munich, Burbank, Toronto, Hamburg and Baton Rouge, LA. Founded by CEO Thilo Kuther in 2001, Pixomondo has created visual effects for more than 30 feature films including Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Red Tails, Sucker Punch, Super 8, Fast Five, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, 2012 and HUGO. The company is currently in production on VFX for Snow White and the Huntsman and The Amazing Spiderman, and on TV series including Game of Thrones, Terra Nova, Hawaii 5-O and Grimm. In addition to visual effects, Pixomondo delivers the full range of creative, production and post services required to produce design-driven storytelling for commercials. http://www.pixomondo.com
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