Deluxe Entertainment Services Group is rebranding its award-winning visual effects companies – Method, (which Deluxe acquired from Ascent Media in December), and CIS Visual Effects. The expanded company, specializing in the creation of visual effects for the feature film and commercial markets, will be renamed Method Studios.
“By combining CIS with Method, we are able to provide our clients a broader range of visual effects services with an integrated workflow across Deluxe’s multiple locations,” said Stefan Sonnenfeld, president of creative services for Deluxe.
The company has appointed Dan Glass as executive vice president. “All of us at Method Studios are excited about the opportunity to build on our groups’ reputation of delivering creative excellence,” said Glass, who served as an independent senior visual effects supervisor on the recently released Terrence Malick Palme d’Or winner The Tree of Life. “Our success in cultivating strong relationships and collaborating with film studios, directors and advertising agencies, is born from a dedication to offer smart, cutting-edge solutions and above all well-crafted work.”
In an effort to maximize the potential of Method Studios’ digital infrastructure, Paul Ryan, formally chief technology officer at Weta Digital, has been brought on to act as the new vice president of technology.
“We are incorporating the best ideas and tools for digital connectivity to enable seamless workflows,” said Ryan. “As a group, we can comfortably take on large and complex jobs by drawing on the expertise across all of our facilities. In addition, each individual studio is self-sufficient enough to be able to adapt quickly to the special needs of local projects.”
With facilities in Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York and London, Method Studios’ global network connects an expanded wealth of technical and artistic talent at the forefront of the continuously evolving world of visual effects. While each studio is self-sufficient, a strategic workflow allows projects to be shared across the group. The international structure of the company can also benefit clients by way of tax incentives and credits.
Dennis Hoffman, senior vice president, will oversee daily operations at the Vancouver facility and Drew Jones will continue in his role as vice president of features, based in the London office. Gabby Gourrier will remain as vice president of production in Los Angeles and Jay Lichtman will head up the New York team as executive producer.