Audionamix – 7.1.20

VFX studios Mr. X and Mill Film merge to target post-COVID world

Technicolor visual effects companies Mr. X and Mill Film have merged under the Mr. X name. Mr. X now becomes a VFX studio crossing four time zones, spanning Canada, the United States, Australia and India. This does not impact The Mill which continues to operate as a separate entity.

The newly combined, expanded studio will service clients across both features and episodic. Laura Fitzpatrick, MD of Mill Film, will move into a managing director role at Mr. X, based in Montreal. Dennis Berardi, founder of Mr. X, assumes the role of creative director for the studio.

Technicolor acknowledges that COVID-19 is changing the entertainment industry with the theatrical market being re-imagined and many projects are currently on hold indefinitely. They say this merger is a direct and necessary response to align to the changing needs of the industry and creative partners, as productions begin again, and as the entertainment industry looks to move forward.

The newly combined and expanded studio will service clients across both features and episodic — with the flexibility to serve productions resuming at different times in different parts of the world, and the capacity to handle an anticipated increase in VFX in response to changes required for live action filming.

“As the entertainment landscape has continued to evolve, both studios were naturally overlapping into each other’s spaces,” says Berardi. “Merging both brands allows us to build the perfect team for each and every client.”

With 20 years in the business, Mr. X has built collaborative partnerships with directors such as Guillermo Del Toro and Paul W.S Anderson. The studio has worked on The Shape of Water, Roma and Shazam! to name a few.

Mill Film has delivered projects such as Gladiator, which won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects in 2001, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, plus more recent releases Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

“Our aim is to partner with clients to realize their ideas and exceed visual expectations,” says Fitzpatrick. “With our merged brand we can pitch global expertise in all creative areas: original design and art direction, on-set supervision, environment creation, FX simulations, creature and character work.”

All facilities remain open in Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles, Adelaide and Bangalore. The merger will be effectively immediately, with a period of transition for employees.

Main Image: Laura Fitzpatrick and Dennis Berardi.

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