About

The way we work
shapes the work we make.

Outpost exists to bring vivid creative ideas to life.

We create stunning visual effects by looking at things differently.

The Outpost Culture

Devoted to expressing ideas and encouraging change, we have developed a culture that is pioneering in its approach, based on five core values that guide everything we do: People, Innovation, Support, Creativity and Balance.

People

Our people are the most important thing of all and embody the spirit of Outpost.

Innovation

We’ll continually invest in technology and benefits to help our team be more creative.

Support

Creating an environment built on trust, communication and respect is key to our success.

Balance

We will always endeavour to achieve the right balance between work and life.

Creativity

We commit to always pursue creative excellence and express ideas.

Why work with us?

Positive.

Proactive.

Personal.

Our aim is to integrate into your production. That means understanding intimately the unique demands you face as a content producer, building relationships with your team built on trust and finding creative solutions to bring your story to life.

Our leadership team

Our facilities are led by experienced, empathetic and energetic people who share our vision for a fairer industry and a more balanced approach to visual effects. Working closely together they harmonise to ensure Outpost's facilities pull in the same direction as one global studio.

Duncan McWilliam

Duncan McWilliam

Founder & CEO

Gez Hixson

Gez Hixson

COO

Rachel Matchett

Rachel Matchett

Head of Studio UK

Becca Scott

Becca Scott

Managing Director, Montreal

Andy Williams

Andy Williams

Managing Director, LA

Syamantak Thakur

Syamantak Thakur

General Manager, Mumbai

Tom Barber

Tom Barber

Executive Producer

Kate Warburton

Kate Warburton

Executive Producer

Global Support

With sites in the UK, Montreal, Los Angeles and Mumbai we have the scale to take on significant awards and deliver. In addition to being able to give you confidence in our ability to deliver, and 24-hr service, with Outpost you can access leading film tax relief and a happy, motivated team sourced from the best VFX talent pools in the world.

Art Department

We offer full art department services covering concept art, pre-visualisation, look development and a real-time concepting service for rapid ideation. The idea is to give you a full creative sandbox to play with to your heart’s content before your shoot to help you set a look and explore creative solutions that support your narrative.

Supervisor loan out

As well as sending our in-house VFX Supervisors out onto your set to support your team during the shoot, we carry a roster of experienced talent that can be made available to join your production team for the duration of your shoot and post. Our roster is expanding rapidly in the UK, Canada and the US.

Superior production tracking

We believe in democratising the VFX process, right from working with your creative team through to providing you with clear and accurate insight into how your production is running at all times. Our proprietary production management tools make working with Outpost a communicative and more transparent experience.

Our Talent

Creatives at the apex of their craft.

Our VFX Supervisors are ready to help you explore your ideas.

Richard Clegg

Richard Clegg

Head of VFX / VFX Supervisor

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Richard Clegg

Head of VFX / VFX Supervisor

Richard Clegg
Selected Filmography

- Blade Runner 2049
- The Call of the Wild
- The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
- Fantastic Four
- Terminator Genisys
- Cinderella
- World War Z
- Total Recall
- Wrath of the Titans

Richard Clegg

Head of VFX / VFX Supervisor

Best known for bringing the Oscar-winning Rachael digi double to life for Blade Runner 2049, Richard has been a key figure of the VFX teams behind some of the most technically accomplished and visually arresting films of the last decade.

As Executive Creative Director and VFX Supervisor at Outpost VFX, Richard provides the global team with senior creative oversight when he isn't working as a VFX Supervisor either in-house or production-side. Equally at home on set working closely with the Director, DOP and wider creative team as he is in the studio at the helm of a substantial in-house artist team, Richard has a proven track record for delivering industry-leading visual effects on 1,000 shot film projects.

Beyond his well-known work on Blade Runner 2049, Richard's other career highlights include the spectacular full-CG 'Young Arnie' in Terminator Genisys, the ghostly pirate crew in Pirates of the Caribbean and the vast collection of vivid fantasy environments in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

Richard Clegg
Richard Clegg
Richard Clegg
Richard Clegg
Roni Rodrigues

Roni Rodrigues

VFX Supervisor

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Roni Rodrigues

VFX Supervisor

Roni Rodrigues
Selected Filmography

- News of the World
- The Green Knight
- Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
- Spectre
- Watchmen
- The Last Kingdom
- Macbeth
- Jupiter Ascending
- Black Mirror
- Now You See Me 2

Roni Rodrigues

VFX Supervisor

Over the course of a 15-year career in film and episodic productions, Roni has become a knowledgable, pragmatic and truly personable VFX Supervisor with the rare ability to achieve an instant rapport with filmmakers.

Currently production-side VFX Supervisor on the upcoming Western epic from Universal, News of the World, Roni has been working side-by-side with Director Paul Greengrass and actor / producer Tom Hanks, having supervised the shoot in New Mexico. Set for release in late 2020, the film embodies the full gamut of visual effects provision including full-CG environments, high-end water simulation, DMP, face replacements and creatures.

Roni's reputation for going above and beyond has made him a firm favourite amongst the Directors he's worked with. While at Outpost VFX, he has supervised visual effects in-house for Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (Universal) and The Green Knight (A24).

A Masters graduate of the prestigious National Film and Television School in London, Roni began his film career in his native Brazil where he cut his teeth on the breakout hits Elite Squad and City of God.

Roni Rodrigues
Roni Rodrigues
Roni Rodrigues
Roni Rodrigues
Jeremy Fernsler

Jeremy Fernsler

VFX Supervisor

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Jeremy Fernsler

VFX Supervisor

Jeremy Fernsler
Selected Filmography

- Westworld
- Runaways
- Star Trek: Discovery
- The Girl on the Train
- Jack Reacher
- Silver Linings Playbook
- The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
- Mr. Robot

Jeremy Fernsler

VFX Supervisor

An Emmy-nominated VFX Supervisor, Jeremy has excelled across the VFX spectrum over the last 15 years. Recently, he was instrumental in bringing the third season of Westworld to screens as well as Marvel's Runaways and Star Trek: Discovery. In 2021 he joined Outpost VFX to help found its Los Angeles studio.

A testament to his unique versatility as a VFX Supervisor, Jeremy has established a strong body of work as both a compositor and 3D artist during his artistic career, with key roles on marquee films including The Road, Silver Linings Playbook, The Girl on the Train and Jack Reacher.

Additionally, while at DNEG he spent time as a Lead TD in the Virtual Production department, helping to build forward-thinking workflows and evaluating Unreal Engine within the VFX pipeline.

Outside of project work, Jeremy is a well-respected lecturer in VFX and game design and helped to kickstart the careers of a host of exciting emerging US talent in computer graphics.

Jeremy Fernsler
Jeremy Fernsler
Jeremy Fernsler
Jeremy Fernsler
Jesper Kjolsrud

Jesper Kjolsrud

VFX Supervisor

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Jesper Kjolsrud

VFX Supervisor

Jesper Kjolsrud
Selected Filmography

- The Man Who Fell to Earth
- The Wheel of Time
- Jack Ryan
- Hellboy
- Robin Hood
- A Discovery of Witches
- Alice Through the Looking Glass
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- Lone Survivor

Jesper Kjolsrud

VFX Supervisor

One of the original members of the Oscar-winning studio Dneg when it launched back in 1998, Jesper has been a fixture of the VFX scenes in the UK, Canada and Sweden for over 25 years.

Jesper is well known for being a valuable on set partner and acutely understands the pressures faced on a shoot, evidenced by his time on set in New Mexico with Peter Berg shooting the technically complex military biopic Lone Survivor. He has a deep passion for storytelling and is adept at democratising VFX and working closely with directors, showrunners and DOPs.

Further career highlights include in-house VFX supervision for season one of The Wheel of Time, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and season two of Jack Ryan. As a CG Supervisor, Jesper has overseen 3D for Green Zone, The Da Vinci Code, Doom and many more, including a stint as sequence supervisor at Image Engine on Neill Blomkamp’s acclaimed District 9.

Jesper is currently splitting his time between the studio and supervising on set for the upcoming episodic remake of The Man Who Fell to Earth, featuring the full gamut of visual effects in a high-concept sci-fi setting.

Jesper Kjolsrud
Jesper Kjolsrud
Jesper Kjolsrud
Jesper Kjolsrud
Marcin Kolendo

Marcin Kolendo

VFX Supervisor

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Marcin Kolendo

VFX Supervisor

Marcin Kolendo
Selected Filmography

- News of the World
- Watchmen
- Antebellum
- 22 July
- Nocturnal Animals
- Life
- 47 Meters Down
- Jason Bourne
- Rush
- John Carter

Marcin Kolendo

VFX Supervisor

At Outpost, Marcin has worked as in-house VFX Supervisor on Nocturnal Animals (Focus Features), Jason Bourne (Universal) and, more recently, Paul Greengrass’s 22 July (Netflix). Marcin is well known for his pragmatism on set – he understands the needs of all departments in production and works to ensure that any VFX complements both the shoot and the final quality of the film.

His work as an on-set VFX Supervisor has seen him travel to diverse locations around the world, providing an indispensable link between our team in the studio and the crew on location.

Prior to joining us, Marcin lead compositing supervision at DNEG across the Jason Bourne films, and lent his skill to major franchises including Harry Potter and Iron Man. Other career highlights include John Carter, Rush, Snow White and the Huntsman and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.

Marcin Kolendo
Marcin Kolendo
Marcin Kolendo
Marcin Kolendo
Sheen Yap

Sheen Yap

VFX Supervisor

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Sheen Yap

VFX Supervisor

Sheen Yap
Selected Filmography

- The White House Plumbers
- Slumberland
- The Call of the Wild
- Paddington 2
- Wonder Woman
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge
- X-Men: Apocalypse
- The Jungle Book
- Spectre
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Maleficent

Sheen Yap

VFX Supervisor

Based in our Montreal studio, Sheen Yap comes to Outpost off the back of an impressive VFX career to date. Straight after graduating in 2009, Sheen trained with Lucasfilm on its 3DVFX Jedi Masters Programme and soon after received her first credit as Creature FX TD for Paramount’s Oscar-winning animated feature, Rango (2011).

Sheen then spent four years at MPC in various roles and later joined Framestore to become CG Supervisor. Here she left her creative mark on vastly technical projects including The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and The Call of the Wild, each of which featured intensive character and environment work.

Having now spent 12 years contributing to some of the biggest franchise pictures and episodic productions, Sheen has developed an expert understanding of the VFX pipeline and the unique creative challenges posed by every project.

Sheen’s contribution to high-end VFX has earned her credits on highly- anticipated film projects including Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spectre and The Jungle Book. Most recently, Sheen delivered Flora & Ulysses as CG Supervisor, overseeing a large team of 3D artists.

Sheen Yap
Sheen Yap
Sheen Yap
Sheen Yap
Illia Afanasiev

Illia Afanasiev

VFX Supervisor

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Illia Afanasiev

VFX Supervisor

Illia Afanasiev
Selected Filmography

- Project Power
- The Call of the Wild
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters
- Pokemon Detective Pikachu
- Shazam!
- The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge
- Alien: Covenant

Illia Afanasiev

VFX Supervisor

Based in our Montreal studio, Illia comes to Outpost off the back of six years at MPC where he oversaw complex sequences for high-budget studio features such as The Call of the Wild, Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Detective Pikachu.

In a visual effects career spanning over a decade, Illia has worked on all kinds of productions in Montreal and his native Europe, from AAA franchise pictures to independent European films.

Throughout 2021 Illia has supervised a significant award on Foundation for Apple TV+ – the upcoming sci-fi epic based on the novels by Isaac Asimov. Working closely with the client-side team, Illia has overseen vast CG environments, spaceships hurtling into the ground, digital doubles, complex FX simulations and much more.

Illia brings big studio experience supervising 1,000+ shot features to our team and has applied his high-capacity management of assets and people to a smaller, focused team in Montreal delivering beautiful sequences for hotly-anticipated episodic productions and working in much closer harmony with our clients.

Illia Afanasiev
Illia Afanasiev
Illia Afanasiev
Illia Afanasiev
Chris Faczek

Chris Faczek

VFX Supervisor

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Chris Faczek

VFX Supervisor

Chris Faczek
Selected Filmography

- Foundation
- Cowboy Bebop
- Defending Jacob
- Westworld
- Star Trek: Picard
- The Feed
- Runaways
- The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
- Chernobyl
- Curfew

Chris Faczek

VFX Supervisor

A multiple award nominee and key member of the Emmy-winning American Horror Story team, Chris has over 12 years of experience in VFX across film and episodic. His career has taken him from FuseFX to Luma Pictures and to Dneg, where he delivered a raft of visually arresting and critically acclaimed projects as a VFX Supervisor and Compositing Supervisor. Now, at Outpost, Chris is currently supervising Cowboy Bebop for Netflix having overseen our LA studio’s work on Foundation earlier in 2021.

As Head of 2D overseeing the elite episodic team at Dneg LA, Chris left his creative mark on HBO’s striking historical drama Chernobyl, the first season of Star Trek: Picard and the visionary world of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance for Netflix.

Chris is an experienced team leader who has a proven track record for getting the best out of in-house 2D and 3D teams on high-profile, technically complex and creatively expansive productions. His precise nature and ability to solve the unique problems that arise from episodic work make him a valuable partner for showrunners and a potent creative force at Outpost LA.

Chris Faczek
Chris Faczek
Chris Faczek
Chris Faczek
Mathieu Assemat

Mathieu Assemat

VFX Supervisor

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Mathieu Assemat

VFX Supervisor

Mathieu Assemat
Selected Filmography

- Outer Range
- The New Mutants
- The Call of the Wild
- Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix
- Shazam!
- The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell no Tales
- Alien: Covenant

Mathieu Assemat

VFX Supervisor

Formerly Head of CG at MPC in Montreal, Mathieu joined Outpost in 2021 and has moved straight into VFX supervision on Outer Range, the upcoming sci-fi/western from Amazon.

As a CG Supervisor and specialist in creature FX and character development, Mathieu has creatively driven some of the most ambitious and recognisable CG-heavy films of the last decade, including Ghost in the Shell, The New Mutants, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

Mathieu’s areas of expertise extend right through the character pipeline, with deep experience in creating bipedal, quadrupedal and amorphous creatures spanning the real world and science fiction. His record for delivering ambitious projects at the apex of VFX provision extends across over 40 feature films extending back to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 back in 2010.

Mathieu is available to you to discuss any and all character requirements you have, whether ‘real’ or imagined, with expertise that extends beyond this into environments and FX.

Mathieu Assemat
Mathieu Assemat
Mathieu Assemat
Mathieu Assemat
John McLaren

John McLaren

VFX Supervisor

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John McLaren

VFX Supervisor

John McLaren
Selected Filmography

- The Wheel of Time
- Watchmen
- Hostile Planet
- Tenet
- Infinite
- A Discovery of Witches
- News of the World
- In the Heart of the Sea
- Exodus: Gods and Kings
- Godzilla
- RoboCop

John McLaren

VFX Supervisor

Developing a reputation as an accomplished VFX supervisor over recent years, John comes to Outpost with over 20 years of visual effects experience. His career to date has seen him cultivate a deep understanding of creative direction and technical problem solving with a particular focus on bringing challenging environment sequences to life.

Currently, John is serving as an in-house VFX Supervisor on Amazon’s The Wheel of Time, overseeing a highly technical award of high- concept fantasy environments. Prior to this, John worked on the critically acclaimed series Watchmen (HBO), where his talent for large scale VFX supervison enabled him and his team to produce stunning work that was loved by both the client and critics alike.

Most recently, John worked as senior compositor on the Oscar-winning Tenet and 2D lead on the Oscar-nominated News of the World (Universal). Paul Greengrass’ classic Western encompassed demanding creative work that had to be delivered during the Covid-19 lockdown. John’s ability to lead the 2D team meant the end result was uncompromised, creating historically correct and visually captivating Old West environments that played an important role in the story.

John McLaren
John McLaren
John McLaren
John McLaren
Joe DiValerio

Joe DiValerio

VFX Supervisor

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Joe DiValerio

VFX Supervisor

Joe DiValerio
Selected Filmography

- Those Who Wish Me Dead
- First Man
- Suicide Squad
- The Mummy
- Fury
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Army of the Dead
- Extraction
- MIB: International
- Bright
- The Greatest Showman
- Shazam!
- The Visit

Joe DiValerio

VFX Supervisor

With over two decades of VFX experience, Joe is known for his creative talent, technical knowledge and fervent curiosity, having delivered for over 70 motion pictures. He is a repeat collaborator with some of the most prolific filmmakers of our time. Whether in pre-production, on set, embedded with production in post or overseeing shot production as a vendor, Joe strategizes VFX approaches for seamless outcomes.

Joe provides creative and technical guidance for productions to find solutions for everything from action sequences to high-concept design challenges. He has contributed to projects directly as both a 2D and 3D artist, while supervising and delivering thousands of shots across his career. He is suited to collaborating with the most creative teams and can see a project through from pre-production to final delivery.

He has been tapped to develop raw ideas, new technologies, and solutions for many creative mediums, and is passionate about modern filmmaking. Prior to joining Outpost, Joe spent over a year at Eyeline (a division of Scanline) as Pre-Visualization Supervisor, leveraging the latest technologies including real-time. During his time there he contributed to tentpole studio features while forging new workflows for storytelling.

As VFX Supervisor and proprietor of VFX studio Space Monkey for 15 years, Joe brought his creative and technical expertise to a wide gamut of productions including Academy Award winners First Man and Hugo. Now at Outpost, Joe is working in its LA studio as DFX Supervisor on the fourth season of the critically-acclaimed HBO sci-fi saga, Westworld.

Joe DiValerio
Joe DiValerio
Joe DiValerio
Joe DiValerio
Ian Fellows

Ian Fellows

VFX Supervisor

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Ian Fellows

VFX Supervisor

Ian Fellows
Selected Filmography

- News of the World
- Catherine the Great
- Black Mirror
- Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle
- Paddington 2
- Thor: Ragnarok
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Ian Fellows

VFX Supervisor

With a visual effects career spanning two decades, Ian is an experienced and talented VFX Supervisor, both on set and in post production. Ian provides creative and technical guidance to clients and has an acute understanding of shoot time pressures, making him a truly valuable partner on set or in the studio.

Boasting an impressive back catalogue of tentpole projects, Ian has left his creative mark on a wide range of productions, from Thor: Ragnarok (Marvel) to Paddington 2 (Warner Bros), managing 2D teams and as a VFX Supervisor, delivering thousands of shots over the course of his career. Currently Ian is working as in-house VFX Supervisor for a high-concept episodic production, overseeing the project from concept to delivery.

A testament to his adaptability and pragmatism as a VFX Supervisor, Ian was instrumental in the success of Paul Greengrass’s Western epic, News of the World, where he lead the team in creating vast CG environments, creatures and complex FX simulations, all while navigating the Covid-19 lockdown with the UK VFX team being sent home during production. Ian was nominated for the VES award for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature for his work on the film.

Ian Fellows
Ian Fellows
Ian Fellows
Ian Fellows
Laurent Gillet

Laurent Gillet

VFX Supervisor

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Laurent Gillet

VFX Supervisor

Laurent Gillet
Selected Filmography

- The Last Bus
- Spider-Man: No Way Home
- Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
- The Kid Who Would Be King
- The Death of Stalin
- Downsizing
- Arthur and the Invisibles
- Terminator Genisys
- 2046

Laurent Gillet

VFX Supervisor

Having spent over 25 years in the industry, Laurent Gillet has worked on tentpole shows for major studios including MPC, Cinesite, Rodeo FX and Mill Film. With extensive on-site experience, Gillet has become known for his ability to interpret a director’s vision and translate it into stunning visual effects work.

From Outpost Montreal, Laurent is leading VFX work on a highly anticipated Netflix show. In recent years, he supervised a large sequence for the Oscar nominated and VES Award winning Spider-Man: No Way Home, and while working on Disney’s fantasy epic Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Laurent helped guide his team on over 250 shots, which featured complex environment and creature work.

In addition to his time as VFX Supervisor, Laurent has previously enjoyed stints as Head of CG and Senior Environment Artist, which has helped him develop a broad understanding of workflow at different stages of the pipeline. While working on Blood: The Last Vampire for Éclair FX, he built a 3D department from scratch especially for the project.

Over the course of his career, Laurent has developed a reputation for building strong client relationships and has gained insight into leading productions through smart decision making. He has been praised for his positive approach to problem solving as well as his ability to communicate with production teams, VFX crew and various other key below-the-line departments.

Laurent Gillet
Laurent Gillet
Laurent Gillet
Laurent Gillet

Locations

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Outpost's LA studio opened in the first half of 2021, with veteran Exec Producer Andy Williams at the helm as Managing Director. With a specialist senior creative team, LA supports CA-incentivised productions as well as the wider group on global shows.

Montréal

Montréal

Our Canadian studio is ideally placed in downtown Montréal. Comprising a 150-seat facility with a state-of-the-art 4K cinema, the studio is perfectly placed to make use of the city's talent pool and world-leading rebate system.

London

London

Our studio in London is a conveniently located creative review space where you can undertake 4K reviews with our senior team in person at a time to suit you. It's perfect for Directors and Producers local to London as well as those visiting from overseas.

Bournemouth

Bournemouth

Our headquarters in Bournemouth comprises a state of the art facility with 150-seat capacity across 10,000 square feet, featuring two 4K cinema suites. Its location is unique in VFX, offering an enhanced quality of life for our team and lower overheads that allow us to be agile.

Mumbai

Mumbai

Our Mumbai facility opened in the second half of 2021 and now houses our seasoned Indian team. The studio is headed up by well-known VFX executive Syamantak Thakur, with creative leads made up of our experienced Indian crew that have been working remotely with Outpost since 2020.