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Outpost VFX Hires Ben Lock and Patric Roos to Further Global Expansion

Company expands its APAC footprint with two industry veterans who will lead the studios’ new regional visual effects operation. 

(From L-R) Ben Lock and Patric Roos.

BOURNEMOUTH, UK – Outpost VFX has announced the hiring of Ben Lock (Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Ready Player One) as executive producer and Patric Roos (Avengers: Infinity War, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) as executive creative director for their new Asia Pacific operations. Based in the APAC region, Lock and Roos will work closely with Outpost’s senior management to establish a footprint in Asia, support the company’s global production, cement relations with key partners and provide high-end management and creative leadership.

Lock and Roos’ extensive knowledge of the Asian film and television markets will augment the company’s global capacity and enhance its ability to deliver large-scale projects for leading international clients in the film and high-end TV sectors. The company’s operation in the region will give it access to as many as 300 additional artists, adding to its capacity of 150 in the UK and 150 in Montréal. Working alongside the company’s existing facilities, the addition of Lock and Roos will enable Outpost to support clients 24 hours a day with a cumulative capacity of close to 600 people.

“It’s an incredibly exciting time to be joining such a forward-thinking and progressive company, which is looking east to what will become a massive market for VFX," Lock commented.

Following the recent additions of Karsten Hecker as CTO and Andrew Morley as head of VFX, the appointment of Lock and Roos adds two more internationally renowned VFX industry veterans to the Outpost VFX leadership team.

"I’m very excited about the opportunity to do something truly original in APAC while also working with the Outpost management and creative teams in the UK and North America,” remarked Roos."In an ever-changing VFX industry, branching out in APAC will see Outpost VFX become a global partner for our clients, offering greater flexibility and leveraging the best talent worldwide.”

“The team and I are delighted that Ben and Patric have joined the business, and that only a few months after establishing a base in Montréal we’ve been able to diversify our global offering even further,” added Outpost VFX’s founder and CEO, Duncan McWilliam.

Outpost’s drive to establish its presence in Asia follows the launch of its Montréal facility in early 2019. It has recently worked on Watchmen for HBO, Black Mirror for Netflix, and Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw for Universal.

Source: Outpost VFX