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Technicolor Launches New Visual Effects Base in Montreal

The new location for subsidiary MPC will house roughly 200 artists, initially working on "X-Men: Days of Future Past," "Into The Woods" and "Cinderella."

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"X Men: Days of Future Past"

Technicolor will officially open a new base for its visual effects company MPC -- whose credits include Prometheus and World War Z -- on October 28 in Montreal. It also plans to revamp its existing postproduction footprint in the Quebec city.

The news was announced Monday with the Government of Quebec, which offers incentives including interest-free loans to build its production infrastructure. The city already has a local talent base, with numerous VFX and post facilities, as well as leading VFX software developer Autodesk.

MPC is headquartered in London and also has bases in Amsterdam, Bangalore, Los Angeles, New York and Vancouver. The Montreal facility will house roughly 200 artists and will be led by managing director Emilie Dussault.

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The team is already getting started on work for Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past with director Bryan Singer and the film’s VFX supervisor Richard Stammers, Disney’s Into the Woods with helmer Rob Marshall and MPC’s VFX supervisor Matt Johnson and Disney’s Cinderella with director Kenneth Branagh and VFX supervisor Charley Henley of MPC.

Technicolor will additionally consolidate its postproduction operations in Montreal from four bases to a single site in the old town section of the city. Services include front end, imaging, sound, restoration, dubbing and distribution.

Frederic Rose, CEO of Technicolor, said in a statement: “Through its investment, Quebec has created a favorable environment and particularly well-adapted training programs within the Montreal region."