Stockholm-based VFX Group Goodbye Kansas is setting up shop in the UK with a new London studio to help deliver what it calls a “unique smorgasbord” of services to filmmakers, marketers and game developers. The new operation will be led by Motion Picture Company and Prime Focus alums James Prosser and Martin Hobbs, alongside VFX Supervisors Matt Kasmir and Jesper Kjölsrud; and Art Director Rafael Morant.
Among the first commissions for the new team is work on the George Clooney-directed black comedy Suburbicon which is due for release in 2017.
London is a hotbed of VFX activity as the local production scene balloons thanks to lucrative tax incentives and a major influx of Hollywood projects even further enticed by the drop in the pound sterling since the Brexit vote.
Within the Goodbye Kansas Entertainment group are VFX and animation services company Fido (The Walking Dead); game cinematics and trailers producer Black Studios (Matterfall, Nike’s “Your Year” campaign); and motion capture, 3D animation and pre-visualization outfit Imagination Studios (games include Battlefield, Dragon Age, God Of War and the Hitman series).
The group is also developing products and services based around new technologies to aid the filmmaking process and digital content creation; that includes Fido’s cloud-based, shot-tracking and review system Ftrack.
The execs leading the London operation have collective credits that include features Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, Kingdom Of Heaven, Mission: Impossible, The Golden Compass, The Dark Knight, Gravity, Edge Of Tomorrow, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Paddington, The Da Vinci Code, District 9, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Sweeney Todd.
In television, their previous works include David Attenborough’s BBC documentaries, HBO’s Generation Kill, Game Of Thrones, Fortitude and Peaky Blinders.