In Q3 of 2018, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group will acquire visual effects house Atomic Fiction, which has studios in Montreal and San Francisco. Atomic Fiction will join Deluxe’s Method Studios and take on its name.
Founded in 2010, Atomic Fiction is known for creating high-quality VFX in efficient ways, often employing the cloud in its workflows. The studio has worked on many of director Robert Zemeckis’ films, including The Walk, Allied, Flight and the upcoming Welcome to Marwen. They have also provided VFX on Star Trek Beyond for Paramount Pictures, Deadpool for Fox, Ghost in the Shell for DreamWorks, Stranger Things 2 for Netflix (they got an Emmy nom for their work), Fox/NatGeo’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, along with episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, and the upcoming upcoming Stranger Things 3. Additionally, the studio contributed to the Oscar-winning VFX on Blade Runner 2049.
Atomic Fiction has been a long-time collaborator with director Robert Zemeckis. He said, “Throughout my career, I’ve always felt that it’s important to surround myself with the best of the best in their craft. Kevin Baillie and the team at Atomic Fiction are exactly that and, with the resources of Deluxe and Method behind them, I’m excited to have an even stronger team by my side.”
Bringing together Atomic Fiction and Method extends capacity and talent for both studios, enabling the combined entity to take on the biggest VFX sequences and even full features, spread work across global studios to match talent with project requirements, and offer clients the most advantageous cost structure through incentives and low-cost production centers. Atomic Fiction’s Montreal location will become a flagship studio for Method as part of a larger global strategy that also includes a substantial expansion of Method’s VFX capacity and capabilities in Pune, India that is already underway.
“We’ve been fans of Atomic Fiction’s work for a long time — it is outstanding and clients love them,” said Ed Ulbrich, president of Deluxe VFX and VR/AR for Method Studios. “When we started talking and met (Atomic Fiction founders) Kevin Baillie and Ryan Tudhope, we learned what a great culture they’ve built, and our vision for the business resonated with them as well. It was clear to all of us that we will reach our goals faster together.”
Atomic Fiction’s Ryan Tudhope will continue to lead the Montreal team creatively with the new title executive creative director, Method Studios. Kevin Baillie will take on the new role of creative director and senior VFX supervisor, Method Studios, and will continue to be based out of San Francisco. Both will report to Ulbrich. All of Atomic’s approximately 300 full-time and freelance employees are expected to join Method Studios when the transaction closes.
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval.
See our Q&A with Baillie from when they opened their Montreal Studios here.
Main Photo Caption: L-R: Ed Ulbrich, Kevin Baillie and Ryan Tudhope.