SAGUENAY, CANADA — Folks VFX (https://folksvfx.com), a studio that specializes in creating visual effects for feature film and episodic productions, has opened its fourth visual effects studio, this one in Saguenay, Quebec. The new studio joins an existing footprint in Montréal, Toronto and Bogotá, Columbia. Overall, the Saguenay location becomes the tenth studio location in the FuseFX portfolio, which also includes Rising Sun Pictures in Australia.
The Saguenay location will operate as an extension of the Montréal facility, allowing the company to continue to take advantage of the strong growth in demand for visual effects in Québec. Sébastien Bergeron, co-founder and president of Folks VFX, aims to create 60 to 70 skilled jobs with this expansion, which will bring the total employees in the FuseFX family of brands to nearly 1,000 artists and professionals worldwide.
"I was born and raised in Alma, Canada, and studied media art and technology at Cégep de Jonquière, so it's a dream to see Folks VFX open a studio in Saguenay," explains Bergeron. "This new location allows us to offer workers in our industry the opportunity to evolve in the universe of visual effects at our office while enjoying the great outdoors, the legendary beauty of the region, and its lifestyle."
The company's recruitment strategy aims to attract visual effects artists to the region and create new quality jobs in the visual effects sector, which does not currently exist in the region.
"The arrival of Folks VFX is a source of pride for the city and the region because it demonstrates once again that we have the potential and the assets necessary to succeed in a globally competitive sector,” says outgoing mayor Josée Néron, who is also the president of Promotion Saguenay. “The signal is clear: Saguenay is a city of choice for all technology companies wishing to offer their employees an exceptional quality of life.”