Global VFX Studio Digital Domain Celebrates 25 Years With Montréal Opening
Montréal marks nine locations for the studio, will focus on feature film and episodic visual effects
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Domain, one of the most innovative studios for visual effects and immersive experiences, today announced the addition of Montréal, Québec as the newest Digital Domain location. The Montréal studio joins eight existing Digital Domain locations including Los Angeles, Vancouver, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Taipei and Hyderabad. 2018 marks 25 years for the global studio.
Launched in 1993, Digital Domain now extends its reach and capacity across multiple studios in North America, Greater China and India with a deep talent pool of award-winning supervisors, artists, technicians and R&D teams.
Digital Domain Montréal will open in the Plateau Mont-Royal neighborhood starting March 1, 2019. This new Digital Domain footprint will mirror previous studio locations, opening with a full arsenal of production services. The space will start at 10,000 square feet, with expansion plans already in place.
"Montréal is fueled by creativity and innovation, and was an obvious choice for the next studio location for Digital Domain," said Daniel Seah, Executive Director and CEO, Digital Domain. "Given the strong animation and visual effects talent pool in Montréal, we are stacking the deck to make this studio location an attractive offering to partners, molding the future of Digital Domain."
"We are thrilled to welcome Digital Domain in Montréal's thriving ecosystem. This reaffirms our city's enviable position as a world leader in the VFX and creative industry. Montréal's omnipresent culture of creativity and innovation is fertile ground for ambitious studios looking to expand," stated Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montréal and President of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal.
"Investissement Québec hails Digital Domain's decision to set up a studio in Québec. It confirms the stability and, most of all, the talent characterizing Québec's video game and visual effects sector. We're proud to support Digital Domain as it establishes itself in Montréal and contributes to local economic development," stated Pierre Gabriel Côté, President and CEO of Investissement Québec.
"In just a few years, Greater Montréal has become one of the world's leading visual effects and animation hubs thanks to its talent pool, creativity and competitive operating costs," said Hubert Bolduc, President and CEO of Montréal International. "Last year, 13.6% of the investments we facilitated were in this sector, which continues to draw top players like Digital Domain, and holds such great promise for the region's economy."
About Digital Domain
Digital Domain creates transportive experiences that entertain, inform and inspire. Throughout the last quarter of a century, the studio has grown to lead the visual effects industry, expanding globally into digital humans, virtual production, previsualization and virtual reality, and adding commercials, game cinematics and episodics to the robust film roster. Digital Domain's rich legacy consists of hundreds of blockbuster feature films for every major studio and thousands of commercials, music videos, game cinematics and digital content by world-renowned directors and brands.
A creative force in visual effects and premium content, Digital Domain and its predecessor entities have brought artistry and technology to films including Titanic, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and blockbusters Avengers: Infinity War and Ready Player One. Staff artists have won more than 100 major awards, including Academy Awards, Clios, BAFTA awards and Cannes Lions.
Digital Domain has successfully become the first independent visual effects studio to enter Greater China. In 2017, Digital Domain launched in Hyderabad. In 2018, Digital Domain acquired one of China's VR hardware equipment pioneers and leaders - VR Technology Holdings Ltd, Shenzhen（"3Glasses").
Digital Domain has locations in Los Angeles, Vancouver, Montreal, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Taipei and Hyderabad. Digital Domain Holdings Limited is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (stock code: 547).
About Investissement Québec
Investissement Québec's mission is to foster the growth of investment in Québec, thereby contributing to economic development and job creation in every region. The Corporation offers businesses a full range of financial solutions, including loans, loan guarantees and equity investments, to support them at all stages of their development. It is also responsible for administering tax measures and prospecting for foreign investment.
About Montréal International
Established in 1996, Montréal International is a non-profit organization funded by the private sector, the governments of Canada and Québec, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal and the City of Montréal. Its mandate is to attract and retain foreign investment (companies and startups), international organizations, skilled workers and international students to Greater Montréal by providing support services tailored to their needs.