Technicolor to Launch Mill Film VFX Studio in Adelaide
Technicolor has announced the launch of Mill Film, a new VFX studio for the theatrical film production market. The initial production hub will be located in Adelaide, Australia with plans to expand into other film production locations to service clients around the world.
Mill Film will serve clients that Technicolor’s MPC or Mr. X studios do not currently address. The initial focus for the facility is on Film VFX for major studios and streaming services. Mill Film will also direct attention to emerging opportunities in the areas of immersive media such as virtual and augmented reality.
Working with the government of South Australia, which recently expanded its Post Production, Digital and Visual Effects (PDV) rebate, Technicolor plans to establish a large facility within the state. Over the next five years, Technicolor anticipates that this facility will accommodate 500 artists and technologists, intending Mill Film to become a diverse, dynamic and driven workforce, able to inspire the next generation of visual effects artists. The studio's team will be working with up to date systems on pioneering productions.
The Mill has a heritage of working in film including 'Snow White and the Huntsman', 'The Chronicles of Narnia: the Voyage of the Dawn Treader', 'Hannibal', 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets', 'The Count of Monte Cristo' and others, saying, “We are thrilled to be able to reignite the Mill Film brand for today’s clients, deploying the latest story-telling techniques and accessing a nimble infrastructure."
“The move will allow Technicolor to access VFX talent that is already in Australia and establishes another hub from which to service our global clients,” said Frederic Rose, CEO of Technicolor. “The Technicolor facility in Adelaide expands our footprint in the region, while enhancing our support for clients who require world-class talent to work on productions around the globe and around the clock.”
Technicolor chose Australia as a place with opportunities to continue expanding into Asia Pacific, building on its existing presence in India and North Asia. Australia has a pool of proven creative talent, access to top level universities and a modern, mature infrastructure necessary to support sophisticated VFX projects.