LOS ANGELES – LOOK Effects announced today that they have begun operations in Stuttgart, Germany. By doing so, LOOK now offers visual effects supervision and production in four locations, in three countries and on two continents. LOOK’s first project in Germany will be Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, which is scheduled for release in 2014.
"Through our contacts at FMX and the great group of people at the Animation & Media Cluster Stuttgart (AMCRS) we were introduced to a wonderful, welcoming atmosphere and spirit in Stuttgart," says LOOK Effects', Henrik Fett. "The available pool of talented artists and the support of the regional government have made Stuttgart a premiere location for our European operations."
"Just a few short years ago, the AMCRS mandate was to go out and attract world-class visual effects studio partnerships and co-production opportunities-and really show the world what great talent we have here in Stuttgart," said Andreas Trautz, Program Director for AMCRS. "Today we are so very pleased that LOOK Effects will be the first American-based studio to open offices in our Baden-Württemberg region, and realize the benefits and advantages we have been evangelizing for the past few years. We welcome Henrik and his team from LOOK Effects here in Stuttgart."
LOOK Visual Effects Producer Jenny Foster and Digital Supervisor Gabriel Sanchez are in Stuttgart to manage LOOK's German venture and work on The Grand Budapest Hotel. "While the film is in principal photography, we are gearing up the Stuttgart operations and hiring local talent," says Fett. "Stuttgart Media University (HdM) as well as the Filmakadamie, their staff, programs and alumni have made for a large pool of talented, dedicated artists. We are looking forward to making many of them members of the LOOK family."
"We are extremely pleased to have LOOK Effects join the cluster of high-caliber visual effects, animation, and design studios here in Stuttgart," said Gabrielle Röthemeyer-General Manager of the Medien-und Gesellschaft, Baden-Württemberg. "Look Effects will bring great value, jobs, and opportunities to our region, and we congratulate them on their investment," added Röthemeyer.
For over 14 years, LOOK Effects has been a leading provider of digital-effects solutions for feature film, episodic television and special venue projects. With studios in Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, and, now Germany, LOOK offers a knowledgeable and resourceful approach in partnering with their clients to supervise and produce visual effects. In all four locations LOOK offers ideas and options for digital effects design, on-set supervision, set-extension creation, 3D animation and complex compositing that dovetail smoothly into production schedules. This combined experience and expertise has earned LOOK a high level of trust and an impressive list of clients and credits. LOOK's recently completed feature film credits include Warm Bodies, the Oscar and BAFTA-winning
Life of Pi, End of Watch, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Dictator, Moonrise Kingdom, Captain America, Fast 5, Limitless, Black Swan and
The King's Speech. Television credits include
"Bones," "Nashville," "Game of Thrones," "The Finder," "Harry's Law," the Emmy-nominated effects for
"Life After People", and all of the effects for the final season of
"Lost." They are currently working on
Noah, The Grand Budapest Hotel and
"Game of Thrones."