Based in Outpost VFX’s Montreal studio, Clegg will oversee creative direction across the company’s global facilities in the UK, North America and Asia, and will be available to directors, showrunners and post-production teams globally as a VFX Supervisor on set and in house at Outpost VFX.
“I am excited to join Outpost VFX, share in its wonderful team culture and contribute to the exceptional work that is being produced here,” said Clegg.
“The film industry has changed. In the coming weeks I’m hoping to speak with clients who are shooting, still in pre-production or have had to postpone their production about how we can support them right now in advance of a widely predicted surge in VFX demand in early 2021.”
Best known for his work on the lauded Rachael digital human in the Academy Award-winning Blade Runner 2049, Clegg has a proven track record for delivering industry-leading visual effects for 1,000-plus shot feature film projects. Leveraging a decade of major studio experience, Clegg will work closely with the Outpost VFX leadership team to establish plans for future growth while remaining available to work directly with clients on their film and episodic productions.
Becca Scott, Managing Director of Outpost VFX Montreal, said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming Richard to the team at Outpost VFX. He has a wealth of experience working on major features, along with an infectious passion for what he does. His talent and expertise will inspire and empower our talented team.”
Outpost VFX Founder and CEO, Duncan McWilliam, added: “Richard’s desire to come and work with us at Outpost VFX is a major statement and marries perfectly with our plans for the future. Present and future clients will benefit enormously from his knowledge and abilities as a creative consultant and leader.”
Over his career, Clegg has worked on over 20 major feature films. As well as his work as VFX Supervisor on Blade Runner 2049 (Warner Bros), Clegg supervised a vast array of environments and digital characters for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Disney), The Call of the Wild (Disney) and the full-CG ‘Young Arnie’ in Terminator Genisys (Paramount).
Clegg’s appointment comes at the apex of a period of rapid growth for Outpost VFX, which has seen it expand to multiple locations globally and achieve scale to deliver as a key vendor on significant productions including Watchmen, See and the second season of The Alienist, and sole vendor on the Paul Greengrass Western, News of the World.