Oscar-winning visual effects and multiplatform content company Framestore, known to have worked on a slew of blockbuster films since the mid-1980s, has come to Canada with the launch of a Montreal office. Quebec Premier Pauline Marois was on hand during a visit to the company’s London headquarters, where the announcement was made.
Framestore is establishing operations in Montreal due to the city’s significant software, creative, and technological talent base. The city has a reputation for attracting quality special effects work from major US film studios. Further, the fiscal advantages of Quebec’s Film Tax Credit allow Framestore and their clients to benefit from improved cost efficiencies.
"Québec offers winning conditions to foreign firms, which, like Framestore, are setting up operations here," Québec Premier Pauline Marois said. "Our specialized, competent workers and business environment adapted to the needs of companies and market conditions make Québec the ideal place to prosper. In Montréal, the cinema and television cluster occupies a key place in the economy. In addition to the anticipated economic spinoff in Montréal, the establishment of Framestore will consolidate the cluster and broaden synergy between industry stakeholders, in particular those in the film and digital entertainment sectors."
Framestore’s confirmed special effects work for 2013 includes RoboCop, All You Need is Kill, and Paddington Bear. Past films done include blockbusters such as Avatar, X-Men: The Last Stand, Children of Men, Skyfall, and more.
Framestore is currently Europe’s largest post-production house, delivering award winning images for feature films, television drama, advertising, games and applications. They look to do bigger things in Canada after having set up office in Los Angeles and New York within the past decade.
“Montréal is a perfect fit for Framestore, it is a fascinating city with a flourishing arts and music scene,” explains Framestore cofounder and CEO Sir William Sargent. “Its artistic community is highly regarded by the film, games, software and technology industries.”
This announcement comes as Montreal's Cirque du Soleil recently cut about 10% of their workforce.