New VFX House Origin Digital Studios Opens in Burbank
Origin Digital Studios has opened in Burbank, Calif., as a new collective of veteran visual effects artists, producers and supervisors. The company will service the needs of high-profile television programs, commercials, feature films, and special venue presentations. Miami-based Lincoln Road Advisors, headed by Eric J. Bertrand, is the primary investment company behind Origin.
In addition to its Burbank headquarters, Origin Digital Studios also has studios in New York, and Albuquerque, N.M. The company expects to open additional studio space in Atlanta during the coming year.
“Having enjoyed long-standing partnerships with studios, VFX supervisors, and post-production producers for many years, I, along with our newly assembled collective of veteran artists, producers and supervisors, have developed a unique culture,” said Origin President Mark Miller. “We have long been trained to help our clients efficiently manage visual storytelling, from concept to completion. Our experienced and award winning staff is available for a diverse range of new productions. Our Burbank studio is located in one of Fotokem’s production centers, which instantly allows us the ability to connect to their high-speed networks. With their nextLAB and Global Data technology, our clients can get plates to us simply and quickly, no matter where they are based. Our studio in New York is fiber connected to Fotokem’s network, to ease the transport of information to our Burbank location. The same will hold true for each of our future studio locations. These unique services allow us to do what most other mid-level VFX companies simply cannot.”
Adds Bertrand, “What makes Origin Digital Studios unique in a sea of mid-sized VFX companies in 2014? One reason is the fact that they have a strategic relationship with Fotokem – one of the last remaining, and highly respected independent, full-service post-production companies in Los Angeles. Through this relationship, Origin has the advantage of not only providing top tier VFX work, but it also can offer all of the support services their clients need – from on-set dailies to final color. When a deal can be packaged that includes all needed services, the project can run much smoother, thus saving time and money for their clients.”
Jason Zimmerman, VFX supervisor on the hit FOX TV series Sleepy Hollow, says, “VFX supervisors want a company that has the top artistic talent supported by a bulletproof, fast and efficient pipeline. They want a VFX company that works with them and the production to create the best possible product. Collaboration is key and Origin Digital Studios is now the place. Working with Origin allows me the freedom to interact directly with my team and to collaborate directly with numerous digital artists I’ve worked with for many years. This type of talent is hard to find all in one place, but I’m fortunate enough to now be working through Origin on Sleepy Hollow with many top artists.”