Dec 11, 2015Press Releases

The Vancouver Sun: Reverse Brain Drain’ Luring Talent To Work In Animation In Vancouver

VANCOUVER — Rose-Ann Tisserand’s daily preoccupations range from managing multimillion-dollar production budgets to wondering whether a hairy abominable creature should wear sandals.

Tisserand is among the animation entrepreneurs whose independent projects are benefiting from the industry’s explosive growth in Vancouver.

Service work is what the industry calls work for hire, and service work in this city is hopping. Australian powerhouse Animal Logic, which has a local office, will be creating its next three Lego movies here. Sony Pictures Imageworks will be filling its new 6,900-square-metre Vancouver studio with activity.

And in a grey area between service work and indigenous independent work, DreamWorks Animation and DHX Media have just announced they will co-produce 130 episodes of children’s animation in DHX’s Vancouver and Halifax studios.

“We’ve hit critical mass here in this sector,” said Robert Wong, Creative BC’s vice-president and acting film commissioner. “Creative juices are definitely being stirred.”

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