Industrial Light & Magic Official Opening
Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) held the opening of its newest permanent facility in the historic Gastown neighborhood of Vancouver today. Initially conceived as a satellite office when it opened in 2011, ILM’s 30,000-square foot Vancouver studio is now a permanent fixture in ILM’s global operation. At the studio’s opening ceremony today The Honourable Edward Fast, Minister of International Trade and the Honourable Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Small Business were in attendance as was Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy, ILM president and general manager, Lynwen Brennan, and ILM chief creative officer, John Knoll.
“Our experience in Vancouver has been wonderful,” noted Brennan, “with the remarkable talent the studio has attracted and the incredible imagery they have been able to create, we saw a tremendous benefit to giving this studio a permanent place in our global operations.”
Over the next couple of months ILM expects to grow the Vancouver studio from 133 employees to roughly 200 by summer.
“Vancouver’s focus on creating a world-class digital media hub has put us among the top three cities globally with over 24,000 jobs in our region,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Industrial Light & Magic’s new permanent Vancouver studio is great news for our robust innovation economy, and another clear example of the remarkable talent and investment being attracted to our city.”
“ILM is known for groundbreaking visual effects work and the deep bench of creative talent we employ,” added Knoll. “Vancouver is a hot bed for the creative arts. From this talent base we have assembled a very strong team of artists and production personnel who collaborate with our teams in San Francisco and Singapore at the highest levels.”
Randal Shore, supervising producer for ILM Vancouver, manages day-to-day operations of the studio overseeing work on Transformers: Age of Extinction and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a variety of other high-profile films. The work of ILM Vancouver was featured in The Lone Ranger, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Effects and Pacific Rim, nominated for a BAFTA Award for Special Visual Effects.
ILM Vancouver will also be contributing to a number of highly anticipated films including the upcoming Star Wars movies, Warcraft, Jurassic World and Tomorrowland. Working alongside ILM’s San Francisco office, the studio recently delivered a body of work for Captain America: The Winter Soldier for Marvel Studios.
21 Water Street, where the studio is located, is a Heritage building known as ‘The Packing House.’ Beginning in 1910, the building’s construction took 2-years and it later served as the site of Gastown’s first butcher shop.