“In response to the ongoing boom in highly-creative HETV and film projects, the time felt absolutely right to open another Outpost facility to continue to provide exceptional service to our clients and satisfy demand,” explains Duncan McWilliam, our Founder and CEO.
“With its generous film tax relief system, supportive government and incredible visual effects talent base, Montréal leapt out at us as the most exciting location for our first overseas studio. After more than 12 months of careful planning it’s fantastic to finally realise our goal of opening a facility in Canada.”
In addition, we will be better positioned to service clients across multiple time zones and intend to use this opportunity to open avenues for talent sharing between the UK and Canada.
Alongside the expansion into Canada, experienced VFX Producer Becca Scott has joined Outpost as Head of Production for North America and is heading up the new studio in Montréal.
Joining Becca in Montréal is VFX Supervisor James Rustad. A seasoned creative lead with extensive experience at the highest levels of creature work, James was most recently at Double Negative. Some of his most well-known supervisory roles were on Wonder Woman and The Revenant, and he helped bring many iconic creatures to life for the Harry Potter series as an artist.
"With the wealth of exciting talent in Montréal we will be able to develop our ambitions even further, strengthening the great work already being done at Outpost in the UK,” says Gez Hixson, Global Head of Production. “With Becca joining us as Head of Production and James as our first VFX Supervisor, I could not be more excited to see Montréal grow from strength to strength over the coming months and years.”
“With such an amazing talent pool in Montréal, it’s a great fit,” says Becca. “I’m looking forward to developing our Montréal team and continuing to build on Outpost’s success.
“I could not be more thrilled to be a part of Outpost, and to be heading up the new facility here in Montréal. Outpost has a great reputation, and a refreshingly different take on the culture and environment needed to produce excellent visual effects.”