Stockholm-based VFX Group Goodbye Kansas is opening a store in the UK with a new London studio to provide filmmakers, marketers and game developers with what is known as a “one-of-a-kind smorgasbord” of services. The new operation will be led by Motion Picture Company and Prime Focus alums James Prosser and Martin Hobbs along with VFX supervisors Matt Kasmir and Jesper Kjölsrud. and Art Director Rafael Morant.
One of the first assignments for the new team is work on the George Clooney-directed black comedy Suburbicon, which is due to be released in 2017.
London is a hotbed of VFX activity as the local production scene skyrockets thanks to lucrative tax incentives and a large influx of Hollywood projects, further pulled by the sterling decline since the Brexit vote.
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Within the Goodbye Kansas Entertainment group are VFX and the animation services company Fido (The Walking Dead); Producer of game cinema and trailers Black Studios (Matterfall, Nike campaign “Your Year”); and motion capture, 3D animation, and pre-visualization Outfit Imagination Studios (games include Battlefield, Dragon Age, God Of War, and the Hitman series).
The group also develops products and services based on new technologies to aid the filmmaking process and digital content creation. This includes Fido’s cloud-based shot tracking and verification system Ftrack.
The London Operation senior executives have collective credits including Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Kingdom of Heaven, Mission: Impossible, The Golden Compass, The Dark Knight, Gravity, Tomorrow’s Edge, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Paddington, The Da Vinci Code, District 9, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Sweeney Todd.
Her previous work on television includes David Attenborough’s BBC documentaries, HBO’s Generation Kill, Game Of Thrones, Fortitude, and Peaky Blinders.