Goodbye Kansas UK will be directing and co-writing Suburbicon, George Clooney’s new film, among his first assignments. The company’s London team has been involved in such films as Paddington (pictured), Edge of Tomorrow and The Dark Knight.
The UK is one of the top production centers in the world due to the combination of an experienced crew, world class studios and generous tax credit support that extends to working with visual effects.
“Customers are pushing VFX companies to move to tax havens,” said Eamonn Butler, director of animation for Cinesite, during a panel discussion at the Media Production Show in London this summer. “The studios get the tax breaks and the VFX companies get the work.”
Framestore’s groundbreaking work on Alfonso Cuaron’s orbital survival film Gravity helped raise the profile of the UK’s visual effects skills in 2013. Since then, Industrial Light & Magic – first launched by Star Wars inventor George Lucas in the mid-1970s – has been among the top VFX organizations to set up bases in London.