Digital Domain Opens Montreal Studio
130 artists now working at the company’s ninth location, bringing their employee total to over 1,500 worldwide.
MONTRÉAL – Digital Domain, the Academy Award-winning visual effects studio, has officially launched Digital Domain Montréal, its ninth location worldwide. The Montréal studio will focus on feature films, episodic and streaming while supporting other groups within the multi-faceted VFX house. The official opening marks the fourth new location for Digital Domain since 2016, with all locations – including the new Montréal office – reporting directly to the company’s Los Angeles VFX business headquarters.
“We are fully committed to our visual effects business in North America, as it’s integral to our global roadmap,” said Group Executive Director and CEO Daniel Seah. “Montréal is a vibrant city and a strategic location for us to expand our network of studios, rounding out the time zones of our 24-hour global organization. We are appreciative of the guidance and assistance we’ve received from the Québec government, Montréal International and Investissement Québec in welcoming Digital Domain to the Montréal VFX community.”
Digital Domain Montréal will immediately house around 130 new artists and staff who will collaborate and share work with the nearly 1,500 Digital Domain employees around the world. Already working on several projects, the studio will soon move onto projects for Marvel, Sony and 20th Century Studios.
According to Digital Domain VFX Global President John Fragomeni, “Digital Domain is currently in a renaissance. From films and episodic content to our pioneering work with digital humans, we are generating more exciting work than ever, creating a need to expand our global footprint to meet our growing demand. To complement our strong talent base in Vancouver, Montréal was an obvious choice and one that our clients had been requesting from us. With a thriving VFX community and a deep talent pool, it was an easy fit, and the Québec government itself has been a generous and supportive partner to us every step of the way.”
The new Montréal studio is located in the historic Plateau-Mont-Royal borough, known for its distinctive architecture and access to parks, along with several international tech companies and a booming startup community. The new 35,000 square-foot facility will include a state-of-the-art screening room, multiple editorial bays and room to expand to accommodate up to 500 artists and staff.
“Montréal is one of the fastest-growing entrepreneurial cities in North America,” said Mr. Luc Rabouin, in charge of the economic and commercial development on the City of Montréal’s executive committee. “By choosing Montréal as the location for its ninth studio, Digital Domain is contributing to the phenomenal growth of the visual effects industry in the city. Montréal’s creative and cultural fields draw their strength from the 100,000 or so talents working there, making Montréal one of the world’s digital creativity centers. Creativity is a true raw material in Montréal and we are convinced that Digital Domain will make good use of it.”
Since its founding in 1993, Digital Domain has remained at the forefront of visual effects, earning multiple Academy Awards nominations and wins for films like Titanic, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Avengers: Infinity War and Ready Player One. Digital Domain’s artists and developers have also won eight Scientific and Technical Achievement awards, 37 Clio Awards, 22 AICP awards, nine Cannes Lion, multiple BAFTAs, VES Awards and more.
Source: Digital Domain