While more than half of France’s visual effects shops have either merged or gone out of business in the last few years (leaving Buf, Mac Guff and Mikros with a near-monopoly on feature productions), two Paris-based shingles, Wip Studios and Chez Eddy, have successfully transitioned from commercials to vfx and animation.2012 was a big year for Wip Studios and Chez Eddy. Damien Maric’s Wip created the vfx for Canal Plus’ hit comedy short “So” (Bref) on top of handling a large slate of TV drama series. It’s just started working on big-budget mini-series “Odysseus,” which will include 530 vfx shots — a record for the company. Meanwhile, Chez Eddy, headed by Jean-Francois Bourrel and Nicolas de Rosanbo, has thrived by cultivating a pool of talented, up-and-coming animators and vfx artists. It produced Leo Verrier’s critically-acclaimed “Dripped” and has created vfx sequences for Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Micmacs, plus the title sequences of “Splice” and “Silent Hill 2″ as well as vidgame trailers and content for Ubisoft’s “Settlers 7″ and “Driver San Francisco.” Both outfits have also stepped into production. Maric launched Overlook Publishing and is producing an Apocalypse-themed short-format web series comprising seven episodes for commercial net M6 Group. Chez Eddy is co-producing animated feature “The Ghosts of Pere Lachaise” with Les Productions du Tresor and De Films en Aiguille.
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