BATON ROUGE, LA — Pixomondo (www.pixomondo.com), which offers visual effects services through a network of worldwide locations, has plans to open a new facility in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The facility is Pixomondo’s twelfth and the announcement was marked with a press conference featuring Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Baton Rouge Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden and Pixomondo founder Thilo Kuther. The event took place at Raleigh Studios Baton Rouge at the Celtic Media Centre.
The announcement of the new studio comes on the heels of Pixomondo’s Academy Award win for its work on the Martin Scorsese film, Hugo. VFX supervisor Ben Grossmann and digital effects supervisor Alex Henning headed up a team of more than 400 artists who worked on over 800 stereo 3D VFX shots for the film.
“Opening an office in Baton Rouge fits perfectly with our overall company vision,” says Kuther. “Louisiana offers a very generous production tax rebate that we can pass on to our clients to bolster our project load as well as our growing teams in Los Angeles, London and Germany — not to mention China and Canada. Baton Rouge is a beautiful city with a wealth of resources — we’ve already connected with the Louisiana State University science department to help set up remote render farms and virtualization with our other studios.”
Pixomondo plans to open a facility with a staff of between 50 and 70. They will service film, television and commercial productions shooting both in Louisiana and around the world. The facility will open at Celtic Media Centre adjacent to the Raleigh Studios Louisiana outpost in May of 2012.