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Patrick Ferguson joins MPC LA as VFX supervisor

MPC’s Los Angeles studio has added Patrick Ferguson to its staff as visual effects supervisor. He brings with him experience working in both commercials and feature films.

Ferguson started out in New York and moved to Los Angeles in 2002, and he has since worked at a range of visual effect houses along the West Coast, including The Mission, where he was VFX supervisor, and Method, where he was head of 2D. “No matter where I am in the world or what I’m working on, one thing has remained consistent since I started working in the industry: I still love what I do. I think that’s the most important thing.”

Ferguson has collaborated with directors such as Stacy Wall, Mark Romanek, Melina Matsoukas, Brian Billow and Carl Rinsch, and has worked on campaigns for big global brands, including Nike, Apple, Audi, HP and ESPN.

He has also worked on high-profile films, including Pirates of the Caribbean and Alice in Wonderland, and he was a member of the Academy Award-winning team for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

“In this new role at MPC, I hope to bring my varied experience of working on large scale feature films as well as on commercials that have a much quicker turnaround time,” he says. “It’s all about knowing what the correct tools are for the particular job at hand, as every project is unique.”

For Ferguson, there is no substitute for being on set: “Being on set is vital, as that’s when key relationships are forged between the director, the crew, the agency and the entire team. Those shared experiences go a long way in creating a trust that is carried all the way through to end of the project and beyond.”

MPC LA moves to Culver City location, expands MPC Film

After eight years in Santa Monica, MPC LA has moved to a 25,000-square-foot digital studio in Culver City at 8921 Lindblade Street.

MPC Advertising now has more space dedicated to VFX, color and finishing. The new space also plays host to a purpose-built VR/AR infrastructure and its content production arm, MPC Creative.

MPC Film LA has a greatly expanded footprint in the new facility, offering filmmakers the opportunity to collaborate with MPC’s artists to support the pre-production phase of development. Creative services include concept and production design, previs and visual development, and preliminary bidding and budgeting.

Julian Levi, the newly promoted GM at MPC Film LA, says, “We are excited to be able to continue collaborating with filmmakers in the very early stages of production. Having all of our front-end resources consolidated in the new studio means our clients can take advantage of MPC LA’s creative services all in one space.”

The space features an MPAA approved previs artist workspace and a screening room with 3D stereo, HD and 2K/4K projection, offering 2K synced reviews, TV-IPS video feed and video conferencing.

VFX industry veteran Joanna Capitano (right) has also joined the team at MPC Film LA, overseeing and representing the studio’s VFX supervisor talent, including Richard Stammers, Erik Nash and Guillaume Rocheron. Capitano was most recently VP of features at Digital Domain.

In discussing the move, MPC’s global CEO, Mark Benson, explains, “Culver City presented a unique opportunity to build out our custom-designed, integrated studio in a 25,000-square-foot space. It is a great fit because Culver City is fast becoming Los Angeles’ hotbed of emerging technology, and it’s located off the 10 freeway and Metro Expo line, making it convenient for our clients.”

MPC Film previs/postvis teams are currently working on Ghost in the Shell, Fantastic Beasts, Alien Covenant and The Dark Tower.

 

VFX supervisor Michael Gregory joins MPC LA as head of 2D

MPC Los Angeles has brought on veteran VFX supervisor/lead artist Michael Gregory as head of its 2D department. He comes on board from MPC London, where for the past 13 years he has focused on commercials, working with directors such as Jonathan Glazer, Traktor, Nick Gordon, Noam Murro, Mark Romanek, Tom Tagholm and Neil Gorringe. Gregory has a numbe of industry awards on his resume, including a VES honor for Outstanding Animated Commercial for Cadbury Spots v Stripes.

Gregory joins MPC LA as they get ready to move into to a new 25,000-square-feet studio space in Culver City this summer. At the new facility, the studio is putting VFX, content production, color grading, VR and film pre-production and VFX supervision onto one floor. “It’s going to be fantastic to have every department on the same floor,” says Gregory. “The best work always comes from collaboration. Great communication between different disciplines always achieves the greatest results.”

“Michael joining from the London studio will help us maintain the MPC culture as we expand,” shares Paul O’Shea, creative director, MPC LA. “His work ethic, creative values and passion to create work of the highest standards make him a great mentor for the team. These days we work with MPC teams globally on projects, so moving talent between offices is very healthy for us. And, he supports the finest football team in England — West Ham — which also helps!”

Gregory loves working in VFX. “Every time I receive a script it excites me more than the last. One week it will be a dragon fighting Vikings, the next, a girl who explodes into a 1,000 butterflies. When you read, ‘… and a dragon rises from the ocean,’ what more inspiration do you really need?”