Chennai: Imageworks India, part of Sony Pictures Imageworks, celebrated its first anniversary in the country with the inauguration of a new facility in Chennai at the International Tech Park.
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Sony Picture Imageworks, a digital production studio, is a pioneer in the art of producing visual effects and character animation for Hollywood movies.
The Rs 20-crore facility, with a studio atmosphere, can accommodate up to 200 artists. At present, there are 90 artists at the Chennai facility which is likely to be ramped up soon.
Speaking to reporters at the inauguration of the new facility, Tim Sarnoff, President of Sony Pictures Imageworks, said: “The Chennai facility will accommodate technology advancements and the growth of our talent base.”
“In the first year of operation our primary goal was to integrate the Indian facility with Culver City unit in California and we have accomplished this by training lead artists from India and mirroring the Culver City production pipeline in Chennai."
Hinting at the company’s further expansion plans, Tim said, "We’ll certainly look beyond the city and expand in the days to come."
Imageworks also operates a small team in Novato, California and has plans to set up one in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The company’s recent releases represent the full spectrum of production capability from the live action visual effects and character work in Ghost Rider, Spider-Man 3 and I Am Legend .
2007 has been a remarkable year for Imageworks. Two of Imageworks’ projects, the all-CG (computer graphics) animated feature, Monster House and Superman Returns were nominated for Oscar awards in the best-animated feature category and outstanding achievement in visual effects category respectively.