Od Studios, a startup vfx/animation studio founded by industry veterans Marc Horsfield and Jason Brewer, has carved out a space in Vancouver, BC to create groundbreaking visuals for movies and television. The founders view this fresh start as a unique opportunity to combine technical excellence, ground breaking storytelling and unforgettable artistry from around the globe.
“We want to foster a culture of creativity that raises the bar for great visual storytelling, not just for our clients, but for everyone that works at our studio,” said Horsfield. “Anyone on our team is encouraged to develop stories; if it lines up with the company vision then we’ll help them develop it, pitch it and get it produced. It’s a win-win for all of us. Developing a solid foundation of storytelling in the studio is one of our founding principles and something we hope to pursue with all the resources available to us.”
Formerly Head of Production Technology at Method Studios, <a href=”https://vimeo.com/280306052”>Marc Horsfield</a> took the leap to being a studio owner after over two decades in the industry on both the creative and technology sides of a studio, working on projects of all sizes. As an effects animator, he delivered stunning fx for Sam Raimi on Spider-Man 3, which led to opportunities supervising complex sequences on the VES Award-nominated blockbuster San Andreas and the beautiful, heartfelt animated film Happy Feet Two.
“Creating an environment that empowers artists to do their best work is a key part of our studio philosophy,” said Brewer, whose career in production on animated features with name directors like George Miller, Henry Selick and Robert Zemeckis was instrumental in shaping his production management philosophy. “There’s always a great deal of pressure to deliver, but we do our best to find work-life balance, have some fun and at the same time deliver amazing work.”
Brewer spent years with Rovio bringing The Angry Birds Movie to the big screen, committing his tireless dedication to a globally renowned brand with a world class team and talent. His broad experience with story development, team building, production, marketing and merchandising are crucial to the long-term success of Od Studios.
While building a cutting edge vfx division, Od Studios also aims to develop animation intellectual properties for family audiences and beyond.
Brewer noted, “Animation has always connected with younger audiences and those family friendly comedies sell, but the industry can definitely push the medium to achieve deeper, more complex storytelling for all age groups and still turn a profit.”
By starting with a Linux-based pipeline developed in partnership with Leaping Rhino, combined with Horsfield’s years of experience designing high-end global film pipelines, the studio won’t have to spend precious time rebuilding the pipeline as Od Studios grows. Together, the blending of Horsfield and Brewer’s years of combined vfx and animation experience becomes Od Studios, a new dynamic force in the entertainment community.
Learn more at theodstudios.com.