VFX firm Goodbye Kansas to open UK base
Stockholm-based visual effects company Goodbye Kansas Entertainment Group is set to open a new base in London.
The group encompasses three specialist visual effects companies – Fido, Imagination Studios and Black Studios – and its new London base will be led by experienced industry veterans James Prosser and Martin Hobbs.
Goodbye Kansas UK will work on Suburbicon, George Clooney’s new film as director and co-writer, among its initial commissions. The company’s London team has been involved with movies including Paddington (pictured), Edge of Tomorrow and The Dark Knight.
The UK is one of the top production hubs in the world due to the combination of an experienced crew base, world-class studios and generous tax credit support that extends to visual effects work.
“Clients are squeezing VFX companies to locate in tax havens,” said Eamonn Butler, director of animation for Cinesite, during a panel discussion at the Media Production Show in London over the summer. “The studios get the tax breaks and the VFX companies get the work.”
Framestore’s ground-breaking work on Alfonso Cuaron’s orbital survival movie Gravity helped boost the profile of the UK’s visual effects capabilities back in 2013. Since then, Industrial Light & Magic – first set up by Star Wars creator George Lucas in the mid-1970s – has been among the high-profile VFX organisations to establish bases in London.