London VFX facility Nvizible and previsualization specialist Nvizage have combined and will operate under the new banner of Nviz, the company said today, citing the increasing popularity of virtual production techniques that are integrating previs more closely with traditional production processes.
As part of the announcement, Nviz also said that it had opened a new office in Los Angeles.
“Nvizible and Nvizage have always worked closely together, sharing key artists and systems,” said Nviz CEO Kris Wright in a prepared statement. “With the rise in virtual production resulting in a convergence of filmmaking disciplines, it makes sense to consolidate into a simpler identity at this pivotal time in our evolution. We’re extremely excited about this new phase and the opportunities it presents us and our clients.”
Chris Lunney, formerly creative director and graphics supervisor at Nvizible, has been named creative director at Nviz, and Janek Lender is head of visualization. Lunney has worked on projects including Captain Phillips, Jason Bourne, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Lender has developed a real-time visualization technique that’s being used on the upcoming installment in the Kingsman franchise, The King’s Man.
Monty Granito is joining as creative director for the L.A. office, having developed his own 2D/3D animatics methodology, which Nviz said was employed for the two most recent Avengers films as well as Shazam and Pokémon: Detective Pikachu.