A new hope for Vancouver’s visual-effects sector
March 17, 2014
You won’t be able to pick out the Canadian content in the upcoming Star Wars films, but it will be there, a new hope for Vancouver’s visual effects sector. George Lucas’s storied Industrial Light & Magic, established more than 30 years ago to help bring a galaxy far, far away to life, is setting up shop permanently in Vancouver, after operating a satellite office here for 18 months.

The initial move to British Columbia was meant to assist during a busy production time, but the studio’s success (projects included The Lone Ranger, nominated for a visual effects Oscar, and the BAFTA visual effects-nominated Pacific Rim) and a ton of work coming down the pipe led to the decision to establish a permanent Vancouver presence. An official ribbon cutting-type opening takes place on Monday.