GLASGOW, UK – Award-winning CGI animation studio Axis has come together with VFX Supervisor (3D) Grant Hewlett, VFX Supervisor (2D) Howard Jones and Senior VFX Producer Melanie Byrne to launch axisVFX, a new boutique, high-end visual effects facility.
The trio have previously held key positions at some of the UK's leading visual effects and postproduction houses where their credits include both feature-film and television shows such as The Chronicles of Narnia, Doctor Who, Wolfman, Misfits and
Clash of the Titans. Most recently they have worked on
Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists for Aardman/Sony Pictures,
Wizards v Aliens for the BBC,
Call the Midwife and
Survivors for the BBC.
Axis co-founders, Executive Producer Richard Scott and Creative Director Stu Aitken are on-board to lend axisVFX the benefit of their 15 years' experience in running an award winning, internationally acclaimed, CGI animation studio.
"We have all been friends and colleagues for many years," said Richard Scott. "The timing is perfect for us to be establishing something new together. We've already built a great CGI team and production infrastructure at Axis, and we excel in the areas of pre-production, conceptual design, direction, editorial, as well as character and creature performances. We think these strengths tie in perfectly with Grant, Howard and Mel's impressive track record delivering visual effects, compositing and on set supervision."
Together, the whole team at axisVFX share a strong vision of a personal, design led approach to visual effects, where engagement and effective collaboration with our clients, backed by industrial strength resources and effective use of new technologies will give directors and producers greater freedom to tell amazing stories.
With studios in both Bristol and Glasgow, and an additional London production base, axisVFX aims to provide greater flexibility, accessibility, and creative control to filmmakers of all kinds" We believe in de-mystifying the VFX process for producers and directors, creating visual effects that support the story, whilst adding drama and scale to productions," said Grant Hewlett.