London visual effects house Nvizible has opened a branch in Belfast, after ear-marking it as a geographical area of growth in the film industry with a shortage of vfx suppliers.
“We are now able to bring the very best vfx work to Belfast, both feature film and high-end television projects," says Nvizible MD Kris Wright. "In tandem with this growth of vfx in Belfast, we're going to nurture a talent pool of local artists to work on these shows. This is something young, aspiring vfx artists in Northern Ireland have never had the chance to do before.”
"It's great news for the Northern Ireland film industry; high-end vfx production was the missing piece in the jigsaw, we can now supply everything that any major production would want. I want Belfast to be part of London's success; this is really going to be a real game changer," adds Victoria Farley, who heads up Nvizible's studio in Belfast.
The first project to go through the Belfast facility is Robot Overlords (Embankment Films, pictured), which shot in Northern Ireland last summer and stars Gillian Anderson and Sir Ben Kingsley. The visual effects are being created across both Nvizible sites.
Nvizible launched in 2009, and last year its credit list included vfx work on Kick-Ass 2, Gravity, Captain Phillips, Carrie, I Give It A Year and Muppets Most Wanted. It is currently working on Edge of Tomorrow (Warner Bros.), The Secret Service (Marv. Films), Trash (Working Title) and Our Robot Overlords.