Pixar has just added a studio in Vancouver contributing their part to the recent trend of studios adding creative divisions in Canada. Digital Domain already added a studio to Canada earlier this year and now Sony Pictures Imageworks is also planning to formally announce its Vancouver studio next month. Oh Canada….
The Academy Award-winning Hollywood animation studio Pixar, which is set to launch Toy Story 3 in June, opens its new studio in a historic Vancouver building for an invitation-only sneak peek this morning – one of the highlights of what has become an exciting year for the city’s digital-animation and visual-effects industry. At a time when U.S. production is in the doldrums here, no fewer than three American studios are opening up shops in Vancouver: Pixar, Digital Domain and Sony Pictures Imageworks, which plans to formally announce its Vancouver studio next month.
The reasons for the boom appear to be three-fold: Vancouver’s talent base, its proximity to – and shared time zone with – Los Angeles and the digital-animation or visual-effects tax credit offered by the B.C. government.