Atomic Fiction visual effects studio is opening a new facility in Montreal,Atomic-the-walk
where the team was drawn mainly by the impressive talent base of VFX
artists and the favourable tax incentives.

Atomic Fiction Expands to Open New Studio In Montreal

Atomic Fiction visual effects studio is opening a new principal facility in Montreal. The first project at the Montreal office is  a feature film based on the story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, co-produced, co-written and directed by Robert Zemeckis, director of the ‘Back to the Future’ films, ‘Beowulf’ and ‘Flight’.

Kevin Baillie, co-founder of Atomic Fiction, said the company evaluated several possibilities for this expansion. The primary factors in Montreal were the impressive talent base of VFX artists, plus a favourable business climate and culture, and tax incentives to encourage filmmaker clients. Atomic Fiction has committed to a six year lease on a custom-designed 15,000 sq ft space.

Atomic Fiction was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Oakland, California. Their team is best known for VFX work on movies such as ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’, ‘Transformers Age of Extinction’, ‘Need for Speed’ and ‘Flight’. The company employs a cloud-based infrastructure using AWS for visual effects rendering, which they say enables the company to place a larger investment in talent while minimizing hardware overhead costs.

“Since our inception, we’ve centralized all of our render farms and core computing power in the cloud, which allowed us to ramp up very quickly in Montreal since both facilities essentially operate under the same infrastructure and pipeline,” said Marc Sadeghi, president, Atomic Fiction. “Because of this, when projects land at Atomic Fiction, we don’t have to worry about which facility has the processing power to do the job. It’s more a question of pulling in the right team for the task, whether they’re in California or Montreal.”