Visual effects gurus behind “Noah” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” are teaming up to launch a new company, Vitality Visual Effects.
The venture will be overseen by Guy Botham, who previously ran business operations for the visual effects firm Hydraulx, and Andrew Fowler, former vice president of visual effects and production at the Walt Disney Company.
Fowler also worked as visual FX producer on “Noah,” “300” and the “Tomb Raider” films, while Botham was a visual effects producer on “Into the Storm” and “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.”
The duo has tapped Loeng Wong-Savun to be Vitality’s lead artist. Loeng’s credits include “Skyfall,” “Avatar” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
Vitality will concentrate on beauty work, face replacement and 2D enhancements. In layman’s terms, it’s digital cosmetic surgery and body shaping that allows actors to appear blemish free, younger, older, fitter and even grafts their faces on to the bodies of stunt people.
The company will be headquartered in Los Angeles, but the bulk of the work force will be in Vancouver. Most of the work will be done in the Canadian city, which will allow film productions to access the region’s tax benefits and production incentives. Los Angeles only offers limited incentives for post-production work, and increasingly effects jobs have migrated to Georgia, Canada, the U.K. and other countries and states that offer benefits.
“It’s a gap in the market,” said Botham. “There’s no shop like this in a tax credit environment.”
The company currently has five employees, but that number could climb as high as 50, Botham said. Vitality says it currently has work through one of the six major studios, but is not yet ready to announce the projects.