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California VFX Studio Whiskytree Expands to Georgia

New location doubles the company’s size and expands its scope and capabilities; updated pipeline taps AWS cloud computing for secure remote collaboration between both artists and clients.

California-based VFX studio Whiskytree has announced the opening of a second location in Alpharetta, Georgia. The new facility, Whiskytree Southern Corporation, more than doubles the company’s size while expanding its business scope and capabilities. It will work in tandem with the San Rafael studio. The new office opened in January and is hiring a mix of on-site and remote employees.

“Georgia is a global hub for the entertainment industry, thanks to incredible support from the state and a growing infrastructure that can handle some of the largest film and television productions in the world,” said Whiskytree CEO and founder Jonathan Harb. “We had to expand to keep up with the demand for our services, and opening a new location in Georgia that will work directly with productions shooting in the area was the obvious choice.”

Harb, alongside other Industrial Light and Magic veterans, founded Whiskytree in 2007. The company’s work includes iconic locations seen on screen, such as Thor’s Asgard and Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Alderaan.

Whiskytree’s recently upgraded pipeline takes advantage of Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing platform and allows artists to collaborate and iterate on projects remotely and securely. Work can also be shared instantly with clients for approvals, edits, and general updates, improving turnaround times and collaboration. 

The company is now accepting additional work with a focus on productions shooting in Georgia,

In addition to the company’s current project lineup for clients, including Apple Studios, Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios, Netflix, and Skydance, Whiskytree is now accepting additional work with a focus on productions shooting in Georgia,

Whiskytree’s work, featured in popular film and television projects, includes Star Wars: Andor, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Foundation, The Mandalorian, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the Hunger Games franchise, and the first three Thor films. It will be seen next in the Apple TV+ miniseries Masters of the Air, from producers Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.

Source: Whiskytree

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.